Calculation Process of LSAT Median and Its Meaning
If you are considering different law schools and wondering which ones to apply to, then you may have come across the term 'LSAT median score'. An LSAT median score is one of the criteria you can use to decide which law school to apply to. If your LSAT score is close to the LSAT median score of the school of your choice, then you may feel reasonably confident that you will be accepted at that particular law school. The following paragraphs will help you to understand what is really meant by an LSAT median score and how law schools go about calculating it.
The LSAT has four sections that are scored, a variable section that is not scored and a written section that is also not scored (although it is considered by most law schools as a criterion for admission). Each of the questions in the scored sections carries the same weight and hence contributes equally to your final score.
The minimum possible LSAT score is 120 and the maximum is 180. The raw scores of all test takers obtained at the end of an LSAT, are adjusted in order to fit them between these two numbers.
What Is Meant By Percentile?
LSAT scores are also expressed as percentiles. Percentiles compare your score with that of other test takers. For example, if your LSAT score is 170 and the percentile is 90, it means that your score is higher than that of 90% of those who took that test. It also means that 10% of those who took the test with you, obtained a score that was higher than yours.
How Do Law Schools Select Students?
Law schools generally receive many more applications for admissions than the number of students they can accommodate. Hence the criteria they use to select a student are stringent. The two main criteria are your LSAT score and your GPA.
What is an LSAT Median Score?
The LSAT median score of the previous batches admitted are released by a law school. This can help a potential candidate to consider whether to apply to that law school or not. If the median score of the law school is close to your own LSAT score, then you have good chance of getting admission in that school.
Calculation of the LSAT Median Score:
A law school will take the LSAT scores of all its admitted students (of a particular batch) and list them in ascending or descending order. The median is that LSAT score which lies in the 'middle', that is, the score that has the same number of scores above and below it on the list. For example, say the LSAT scores of 5 students were as follows:
151, 152, 153, 154, 155
The median is 153 because it has 2 numbers above it and 2 below it. If there is an even number of students, for example:
151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156
The median is 153.5, which is the average of the 2 numbers in the middle.
How to Select Law Schools to Apply to:
You need to consider the past few years' scores of the students who were admitted into a law school, including the percentiles and the median scores. You have a high chance of acceptance into a law school that has an LSAT median score close to your own score. But it is safer to also apply to a law school where the LSAT median is lower than your score, so that you may be sure of a place in at least one law school. You could apply to at least one school where the LSAT median score is higher than yours, on the chance that you might get lucky!
In the end, the safest way to ensure a seat in the law school of your choice is to have a high LSAT score and a high GPA, so that no matter what the median scores, you will be accepted at the schools you apply.
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