# Calculation of LSAT Percentile

## LSAT Percentile Calculation and Interpretation

The percentile score you receive in your LSAT does not merely indicate the percentage of candidates who have scored less or the percentage of candidates who have scored more than you. LSAC uses a 3 step process to calculate your standing to ensure that all the external factors that can affect your score is taken into account. A step-by-step process of calculating scaled scores is given below.

The calculation of the percentile score depends not only on the number of correct answers that you have given, but also on the difficulty level of the examination that you have appeared for. A step-by-step process of the calculation procedure is as follows:

• LSAC will first calculate your ‘raw score’ which is the sum total of all the correct answers that you have given. There is no negative marking; so even if you get an answer wrong you will not be penalized for it.
• After getting your ‘raw score’ LSAC will convert this score to a ‘scaled score’ where the scale ranges from 120 to 180. This ‘scaled score’ will be mentioned in your score card.
• Next, LSAC analyzes the difficulty level of the test that you have appeared for. If the examination was a difficult one, then 3 marks will be added to your ‘scaled score’ otherwise 3 marks will be deducted from it.
• LSAC will now convert this score to a percentile score after taking into account some other factors like, the competition level and the number of tests you have appeared for. After that, it will report your final score in percentage format.
• Although the process is apparently easy, but it is not so. LSAC uses a number of statistical data and a mathematical formula of equating to report your final result. The use of the percentile score does not end here. It is necessary for you to be able to interpret it. Some methods of interpreting your percentile score are discussed in the following section.