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How LSAT Scoring Works – How Your Exam is Graded

If you are busy studying for your LSAT, you know that the maximum number of points possible is 180. You may have done a bit of research and determined that the students who make it into the top law schools have a median LSAT score of about 165 to 168. Therefore, this range may be your goal. However, during your months of studying, it may have occurred to you that you do not even know how LSAT scoring works. How can you prepare properly if you do not grasp the method in which your exam is graded? Here is a brief explanation.

Your overall LSAT score that the top law schools will consider for your entrance is based on the amount of questions you answer correctly which is referred to as a “raw score.” There is no penalty for incorrect guesses, so when taking your LSAT exam, it is important that you answer as many questions as you can during your allotted time, even if you are unsure of the correctness of your answer. Also, each question is worth the same amount of points rather than being weighted differently based on difficulty or length of the question. Raw scores are converted to the LSAT range of 120 to 180. This means that 120 points is the lowest you can score on the LSAT.

Since each LSAT is a little different from the next, a statistical procedure is performed in the calculation of your score to account for minor variations in difficulty from one test to the next. Understand that the LSAT is not an exact or ideal predictor of your performance at one of the top law schools. The ability the test has to predict your aptitude is limited by a multitude of factors, including the complexity of the skills being measured and impossible-to-measurable factors like motivation, mental and physical health, and personal or family problems.

Regardless of the exam’s setbacks, the LSAT is highly comparable with admissions tests in other graduate areas of study. While your acceptance into the top law schools is based heavily on your LSAT score, it certainly is not the only area of consideration. If you are not a strong test taker but know your skills and knowledge in the field of law are superb, do everything within your power to increase your chances of being accepted by keeping your grades up, staying on good terms with your undergraduate teachers, and volunteering in your community.