LSAT Preparation


Should You Retake the LSAT?

If your score on the LSAT is worse than you had hoped, you may be tempted to retake the LSAT. According to one study, candidates who took the test a second time scored on average 2.7 points higher than their first scores. But, remember, this number is an average. Many test takers achieve higher scores but also many test takers actually earn lower scores. Some law schools will look at the higher score, but many will average the scores. Most people who retake the test only have a 1 or 2 point improvement. Law schools will not usually give much Read More +

What is a Good LSAT Score?

Law schools consider LSAT scores among several factors in determining admission. A student’s academic record is always going to be an important factor. However, the LSAT tends to be more important than GPA because every law school applicant must take the LSAT and it is scored uniformly across all applicants, whereas a particular GPA at one college may not represent the same level of academic achievement as the same GPA at another college. LSAT scores range from 120-180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and a 180 LSAT score being the highest. The “raw” LSAT score is based on Read More +

LSAT Score Predictors

After spending countless hours thinking about, preparing for and taking the LSAT, once it’s over, good or not so good, you have your score. You can now focus on completing law school applications. Your LSAT score is a reality check that will help you narrow the list of law schools to which to apply based on the probability of acceptance. Free online law school admission prediction calculators will give you an idea of your chances of being admitted to specific law schools based on your LSAT score and GPA. While no predictor is 100% accurate, these 3 provide a pretty Read More +

Trends in LSAT Taking and Scoring

For the past several years, the legal industry has faced long-term financial pressures, resulting in fewer jobs for inexperienced attorneys just entering the job market. Many law schools, including such top-tier schools as Yale Law School, have decided to admit smaller classes because of the smaller available applicant pool. It is not surprising that there has been a corresponding downward trend in the number of students sitting for the LSAT. For 2003-2004, LSAC reports that 148,000 LSATs were administered. For the next three reporting years the numbers declined each year to 140,000 in 2006-2007. The number of tests administered then Read More +

When to Cancel Your LSAT Score

Many students come out of the LSAT thinking that they did terrible, but this doesn’t mean it’s true. Cancelling the LSAT is irreversible. If you are considering a cancellation of a completed test, do not do it on the day of the test—you have six days to do so, and you should use that time to weigh your options carefully and rationally. Explain your situation to a trusted advisor for his or her opinion. If you had a lot of trouble with one section, remember that it could have been the experimental section—you can determine which section was experimental Read More +

LSAT – Scoring a Perfect 180

Getting an LSAT score of 180 or a “perfect score” is extremely rare. According to data published by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), from 2006-2009 of all LSATs administered, approximately 144,000 per year, only 0.1% received a 180. The advantage for the student who earns a 180 LSAT score is that he or she is more likely to be accepted into a top-tier law school. Yale Law School reports that for its class of 2014, the LSAT score range was 154-180, with over 75% of enrolled students receiving an LSAT score of 177 or above. However, most law schools Read More +

The LSAT Scoring Scale

The LSAC presents your LSAT score in three ways: the LSAT raw score, the LSAT scaled score, and the LSAT percentile. The scaled score is the one that “matters,” in the sense that it’s the one the schools look at. The raw score is between 0 and 100 to 103 and is based on the number of questions answered correctly (each LSAT will typically have 100 to 103 multiple-choice questions, with each question being worth 1 point). The essay section is not scored. There is no deduction for blank or incorrect answers, so no matter what, leave no blanks! If Read More +

5 Steps to Getting a Great LSAT Score

Now that you are intent on doing your best on the LSAT, here’s what you need to do: 1. Give yourself at least three months to study for the LSAT. Create a study plan and follow it. Devote at least 150 hours to study before taking the test. 2. Figure out your weaknesses. Take a full practice LSAT early in your preparation so that you can figure out which sections give you trouble. 3. If you can attend a live preparation (“prep”) course do it. These courses are expensive; find the money if at all possible. If you cannot attend Read More +

LSAT Percentiles

After taking the LSAT, the Law School Admissions Council sends you a report that includes your LSAT scaled score that ranges from 120 to 180, as well as your LSAT percentile. Unlike the LSAT scaled score, the LSAT percentile does not measure the number of questions that you answered correctly on the LSAT. It is an indicator of how well you performed on the LSAT relative to other test takers who took the LSAT in the last three years. Your LSAT percentile indicates the percentage of students who have scores lower than your score over the last 3 years. For Read More +

LSAT Score Conversion

After taking the LSAT, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) presents your score in two ways: your LSAT raw score and your LSAT scaled score. The raw score is between 0 and 100 to 103 and is based on the number of questions you answered correctly. The LSAC then converts your LSAT raw score into an LSAT scaled score that ranges from 120 to 180 with 180 being a "perfect LSAT score." Each LSAT will typically have 100 to 103 questions, with each question being worth 1 point. Only 4 of the 5 multiple-choice sections count toward the LSAT test Read More +