LSAT Raw Score Conversion

LSAT Raw Score Conversion

Raw score is simply the number of questions answered correctly.

Scaled score, the familiar 120–180 number, is a conversion of the raw score. Here, a raw score of 67—that is, 67 correct answers—converts to a scaled score of 156. A raw score of 58—meaning 58 correct answers—converts to a scaled score of 151. On a different test, a raw score of 58 might convert to a 150 or a 152. To account for differences in overall difficulty, each test has a slightly different raw score-to-scaled score conversion table.

Percentile score indicates how a test taker performed relative to other test takers over a three-year period. The conversion from scaled score to percentile score remains relatively stable, with only minor variations over the years. Test after test, a 151 scaled score is approximately a 50th percentile score.

 

Take a look at an example conversion chart based on PrepTest 74:

Raw ScoreScaled ScorePercentile
3813910th
4414320th
4914630th
5414940th
5815150th
6315460th
6715670th
7416080th
8016490th
8516795th
9217299th

The way in which the LSAT is scored has three important implications for your performance:

First, the number of right answers determines your score. There is no guessing penalty. Never leave a question blank on the LSAT.

Second, every question is worth the same, regardless of how hard it is. Learn to spot difficult questions and leave them for the end of each section. Find the easy questions and rack up points. If you’re going to run out of time or need to guess, you want to do so on the tough stuff.

Third, every additional correct answer can leapfrog you ahead of hundreds—or even thousands—of other test takers, your competition. How’s that for inspiration?

What’s a Good LSAT Score?

What you consider a good LSAT score depends on your own expectations and goals, but here are a few interesting statistics.
If you got about half of all of the scored questions right (a raw score of roughly 50), you’d earn a scaled score of roughly 146 or 147, putting you in about the 30th percentile—not a great performance. However, as you saw above, a little improvement goes a long way. Getting only 1 additional question right every 10 minutes (throughout the scored sections) would give you a raw score of 64, pushing you up to 154, which is about the 60th percentile—a huge improvement.
So, you don’t have to be perfect to do well. On a typical LSAT, you can still get 25 wrong and end up in the 160s— or about 20 wrong and get a 164, a 90th percentile score. Even a perfect score of 180 often allows for a question or two to be missed.

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