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LSAT Score Conversion

NOTE: The information below refers to the in-person LSAT which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been suspended indefinitely. In its place, LSAC now administers the virtual LSAT-Flex, an online version of the LSAT that prospective law students take at home. Each test taker is paired with a remote proctor who monitors the test-taking environment before and during the test. Because of proctoring issues and other considerations, the LSAT-Flex is significantly shorter than the in-person LSAT. Rather than four 35-minute sections, the LSAT-Flex includes only three 35-minute sections, one each of Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games). Read More +



LSAT – Scoring a Perfect 180

NOTE: The information below refers to the in-person LSAT which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been suspended indefinitely. In its place, LSAC now administers the virtual LSAT-Flex, an online version of the LSAT that prospective law students take at home. Each test taker is paired with a remote proctor who monitors the test-taking environment before and during the test. Because of proctoring issues and other considerations, the LSAT-Flex is significantly shorter than the in-person LSAT. Rather than four 35-minute sections, the LSAT-Flex includes only three 35-minute sections, one each of Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games). 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 +



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. Yet these trends appear to be reversing. After a steep decline in LSAT administrations, applications, and acceptances between 2010 and 2015, LSAT administrations have increased sharply while applications and acceptances 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, the Law School Admission Council’s Read More +



What is a Good LSAT Score?

NOTE: The information below refers to the in-person LSAT which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been suspended indefinitely. In its place, LSAC now administers the virtual LSAT-Flex, an online version of the LSAT that prospective law students take at home. Each test taker is paired with a remote proctor who monitors the test-taking environment before and during the test. Because of proctoring issues and other considerations, the LSAT-Flex is significantly shorter than the in-person LSAT. Rather than four 35-minute sections, the LSAT-Flex includes only three 35-minute sections, one each of Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games). Read More +



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. One important thing to remember is that the American Bar Association (ABA) recently changed the requirements for LSAT reporting from member 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 +