Calculating LSAT Percentile Rank

5 Tips to Get High Score Percentile

The marking scheme for LSAT is probably as complicated as the examination itself! Thus, it is necessary for you to understand the marking scheme before you start preparing for the examination. LSAC gives a  percentile score after taking into account all external factors that can affect your test. Hence, the percentile that you receive does not merely indicate the percentage of candidates who have scored more than you or the percentage of candidates who have scored less than you. The process of calculation of your percentile is given in the following section.

How to Calculate Your LSAT Percentile Rank

LSAC uses a three step approach to calculate your percentile. Primarily, it will calculate your 'raw score' or the total marks you have received for all the questions that you have answered correctly.

Secondly, it will take this 'raw score' and then convert it to a 'scaled score' with the help of a scale ranging from 120 to 180. Based on the difficulty level of the examination, LSAC will either add 3 marks to your scaled score or deduct 3 marks from it. For example, if the 'scaled score' you have received is 140 then your 'score band' will be 137 if the exam was an easy one and 143 if it was a difficult one.

Finally, LSAC will use this 'score band' to calculate your 'percentile rank'. While calculating your percentile LSAC takes into account the following things:

  • The number of times you have appeared for examination.

  • The percentage of candidates whose 'scaled score' is more than yours and the percentage of candidates who have received 'scaled score' less than you.

  • The difficulty level of the examinations held in the past 3 years.

This process of 'equating' ensures that all external factors that can affect your assessment have been considered while calculating your percentile rank. This method also ensures that the percentile that you receive is an accurate representation of your logical and analytical skills. Now that you understand the marking scheme used by LSAC you must try and increase your percentile rank. Some tips to help you do so are discussed in the following section.

Tips to Increase Your LSAT Percentile Rank

This test comprises of 101 questions designed to test your logical and analytical skills to the maximum and the examination that takes nearly 3 to 4 hours. Since, it is a strenuous examination it will help if you learn a few strategies and techniques to handle the pressure so that you can increase your percentile. Some tips to help you do so are as follows:

  1. Take a guess: There is no negative marking in this test. Thus, you can always take a guess if you are confused about the answer. Since, there is no negative marking; it will not decrease your 'raw score' even if your answer is wrong. But, do so at the last minute. First you should try and answer as many questions correctly as you can and then go for guesswork.

  2. Time yourself: When you practice, keep an eye on the timer. It consists of 6 parts and you will not get more than 35 minutes to solve each section. Thus, don't take too long to solve a question. If you cannot solve a question within say 1 minute then leave it and proceed to the next question.

  3. Answer questions correctly, don't aim at completing the paper alone: To score high, it is not necessary to complete the entire question paper. If you answer 70% of the question paper correctly then you will have scored more than what 90% of the candidates appearing for the test have scored. Don't waste time trying to complete the entire paper.

  4. Read fast: Most candidates lose time in the 'reading comprehension' section. To ace this section you must practice reading fast. Not only should you be able to read the passages fast but also analyze them quickly in order to give logically correct answers.

  5. Practice hard: This is an examination that can be aced only with hard work and practice. Pay extra attention to the sections that you are weak in. Try and identify a pattern in the mistakes that you commonly make and overcome them. You will stop making mistakes and become more confident only if you practice a lot and practice hard.

Thus, increasing your score will become easier if you know the factors that can affect your score. Try and eliminate those factors which you think can reduce your score. Once, you have done that all you need to do is prepare well for your examination to fare well in it.