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Scoring the LSAT

The LSAT is designed so that it is nearly impossible for anyone to answer all the questions correctly . A “perfect score” can include as many as 3 wrong answers. The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180, and 151 is the average scaled score.

In addition to the scaled score, you will be assigned a percentile ranking, which gives the percentage of students with scores below yours. For instance, if you correctly answer 77 of 100 questions, then you will score better than 90% of the other test takers. In other words, you can miss nearly one-quarter of the questions and still be in the 90th percentile. This further substantiates the claim that you need not complete the entire test to get a top score. Since 151 is the average scaled score, it marks the 50th percentile.

The following table relates scaled scores and percentile ranking to the number of wrong answers.
 
Number of
Wrong Answers
Scaled
Score
Percentile Score
%
Number of
Correct Answers
5 180 99 95
10 175 99 90
15 170 97 85
20 165 90 80
25 160 80 75
30 155 70 70
35 150 50 65
40 145 45 60
45 140 30 55
50 135 20 50





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