Overview of LSAT Scoring

Students who sit for the LSAT receive a total score based on the multiple-choice sections of the exam (excluding experimental sections). This total score is given on a scale of 120 to 180 in one-point increments, with all questions having the same value. Total scores are lightly scaled from raw score outcomes to ensure fairness by accounting for minor differences in the difficulty level of the individual tests. The LSAT Writing sample is not scored, but copies are sent to institutions designated by the test-taker to receive score reports. As an introduction to LSAT scoring and for more specific information on several LSAT scoring topics, please see the following pages:

  • LSAT Scoring System
    The LSAT scoring system features scaled scores, percentile rankings, and score bands. See this page for a comprehensive discussion of these score types, all of which appear on official LSAT score reports. Also included on this page are a rough classification scheme for LSAT score ranges and an overview of the procedure for LSAT scoring, which takes between three and four weeks.
  • LSAT Score Confidentiality
    LSAC adheres to a relatively strict policy on score confidentiality. Visit this page to learn more about LSAC policies on personally identifiable student information (including LSAT scores) and how LSAC uses aggregate (non-personally identifiable) data. We also discuss related topics, including the state of relevant legislation, privacy and the Candidate Referral Service (CRS), and LSAC website privacy.
  • Retaking the LSAT
    LSAC has eliminated limits on LSAT retakes. Read this page for an overview of official LSAC retake policies, a discussion of the reasons for those policies, and a summary of published LSAT data on exam retakes. We then consider how retakes factor into score reporting and the law school admissions process and conclude with advice on how to decide whether or not to retake the LSAT.
  • Limits on Retakes
    This page includes a discussion of several issues relevant to limits on LSAT retakes. Learn about limits on LSAT registration, fees for retaking the exam, the LSAT score validity period, and testing exclusions. We’ll help you choose if and how many times you should retake the LSAT by considering costs, average score gains, and other practical issues. Disabled students can find information on LSAT retakes and requests for accommodations.
  • Cancelling Score
    LSAT scores may be either voluntarily cancelled by the student or involuntarily cancelled by LSAC. See this page to learn about the procedure for student score cancellation, the reasons for LSAC score cancellation, refund policies, how score cancellation affects score reporting, and all of the issues to consider when deciding whether or not to cancel your LSAT scores.