How the LSAT Works

By: Bambi Turner

How LSAT Scoring Works

To walk the hallowed halls of this law school library, you'll need to make a decent score on the LSAT.
To walk the hallowed halls of this law school library, you'll need to make a decent score on the LSAT.

Now that you've made it through the LSAT, it's time to review your score. The LSAT is scored on a curve, or scale, which helps to standardize differences in scores that may be caused by testing irregularities or more difficult test questions. Raw scores are translated into a final score ranging from 120 to 180. The median score is 151, with a score of 172 representing the 99th percentile of all test-takers [source: Empire State College].

Applicants can elect to receive scores by mail or online. If you've registered to receive scores online, expect your score to arrive around three weeks after you take the LSAT. Those waiting for scores in the mail will have to wait a little longer, with scores generally arriving about four weeks after the test. Once you apply to law school. all LSAT scores from the previous 5 years will be sent to the schools you've selected. If you took the LSAT more than 5 years ago, you can send a written request to LSAC requesting that older scores be also released to the schools.


LSAC will send all of your scores individually for each LSAT exam you've taken, along with an average score of all exams combined. It's up to the individual school to decide whether the average or highest score will be used to determine admission.

So, what do you do if you show up for the test and suddenly freeze? Or you start taking the exam and realize that maybe you should've studied a little more? Luckily, LSAC allows test-takers to cancel scores with no penalty. Applicants must send written notification to the LSAC within six days after they sit for the LSAT. The score is then cancelled and won't be sent to applicants or law schools. As your subsequent LSAT scores are reported to schools, the cancelled exam will be listed, but no score will be shown [source: LSAC].