# LSAT Scores

## How is the LSAT Scored?

Prospective law school students have to take the LSAT in order to get admission in the various law colleges of the USA or Canada. YourLSAT scores , along with your GPA, forms the two most essential elements of your admissions portfolio. Hence, understanding how to interpret yourLSAT scores is essential. At the same time, based on your LSAT score only will you be able to analyze the colleges that you should apply to, so that your admissions applications are looked upon, favorably. The methods by which your scores are calculated for the LSAT are discussed in the following sections of the article.

Raw Scores

The LSAT question paper primarily consists of multiple choice questions. However, you have a writing section, as well, which is not scored by the LSAC. Copies of the writing sample are directly sent to the colleges that you have applied to, by LSAC. Thus, only the multiple choice questions contribute towards your rawscores.

The total number of correct answers that you have given, result in your raw score. A point to be considered here, is that LSAT does not have any negative marking. In other words, you will not be penalized for any wrong answer. Your raw score is the first step towards calculation of yourLSAT scores. The next step has been discussed below.

Scaled Scores

LSAC uses the raw score that you have received and converts them into a scaled score. Your raw score is converted to a scale ranging from 120 to 180. In other words, if you have not answered a single question correctly, then your scaled score will be 120. Similarly, if you have answered all the questions correctly, or at least have received 101 as your raw score, then your scaled score will be 180.

LSAC follows a statistical method called equating, in order to calculate your scaled score. This method takes into account the difficulty level of the examination, as well. For example, even if your raw score for two LSAT examinations are same, yet you will see that the scaled score for the more difficult examination is higher than the less difficult one. This ensures uniformity in the scoring system and also makes the score authentic.

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