LSAT Conversion Chart

Understanding the LSAT Percentile Score Calculation

Law School Admission Test (LSAT) provides gateway to the prestigious law schools across the world. The test consists of five test sections. Each test section has duration of 35 minutes. The four sections consist of multiple-choice questions and are scored whereas; the fifth section comprises a writing test of 35 minutes duration and this is not a scored section. Along with this section, the LSAT comprises a variable test section that is again not a scored section. It consists of questions that are used to pretest students for the next LSAT. The LSAT comprises three types of questions. They are the reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning types. Once you have taken the LSAT, your raw scores are calculated; however, these are not reported to you in this format. They are presented to you in the form of scaled scores according to the LSAT conversion chart.





How is the raw score calculated?

  • One point is allotted to you for each correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking i.e. no point is deducted if you have answered incorrectly to a question.
  • Every question carries equal weight.
  • Suppose that there are 100 questions and you have given correct answers to 75 questions. Then, your final raw score will be 75.

How is a raw score converted to a scaled score?

Your raw score is converted to scaled score by a statistical process known as equating. This process adjusts your obtained score to different editions of the test based on their difficulty level. Suppose that during the June 2007 LSAT, you have obtained a raw score of 90 and during the June 2006 LSAT, you have obtained the same raw score. However, if the LSAT 2007 was tougher than the LSAT 2006, your scaled score for the 2007 LSAT would be 168 (as indicated by the LSAT conversion chart of June LSAT 2007) but your scaled score for the LSAT 2006 would be lesser than 168.

Given below are the descriptions that have been procured from the data of June LSAT 2007, which guides you to convert your raw score to the scaled score during your practice test under simulated LSAT conditions:

The data procured from the link http://www.lsac.org/jd/pdfs/SamplePTJune.pdf reveals that if you have scored a raw score within the range of 99 to 100, your reported score would be 180. Besides, if you have attained a raw score of 90, your scaled score would be 168. The scaled score of 164 is allotted to you, if you have obtained a raw score of 85. Besides, if you have acquired the raw scores of 50 and 51, your reported score would be 145. Moreover, if you have attained the raw scores of 37 and 38, you will be allotted 138 in your LSAT score report. If you have scored a raw score within the range of 0 to 15, the reported score of 120 is given to you.

Your LSAT score report does not only contain your scaled score. It also consists of your percentile. A percentile signifies that how you have performed as compared to the other test takers. For instance, if you have obtained a percentile of 93, it means 93 per cent of the LSAT takers stand behind you in the test and only 7 per cent of the test takers have performed better than you do.

Note: If you have a percentile of 93 per cent, it means your LSAT score corresponding to this percentile, is better than the scores obtained by the LSAT takers for the last three years. If you want to get information in detail, you may visit the link http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/LSAT-score.asp

Lastly, this discussion will tell you about your LSAT scores that how they are calculated; i.e. how the raw scores are converted to scaled scores and then to percentiles. This is clearer with the above-mentioned LSAT conversion chart that gives you an idea of how your raw scores are converted to the scaled scores.




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