# LSAT Scoring Scales Facts and Figures

In the days following each LSAT, students often worry about how their LSAT will be scaled. A more generous scoring scale can positively affect scores whereas a harsher curve can adversely affect scores. For those of you considering your possible test scaling, let’s examine a few historical facts about LSAT scoring scales, and then examine some recent trends in scoring.

Here are a few facts about LSAT tests and scoring scales:

### Greatest number of questions on an LSAT:102

This occurred only once prior to the October 2010 LSAT, on the October 1992 LSAT

### Least number of questions on an LSAT:99

This has occurred numerous times. Total question counts of 99, 100, and 101 have all occurred multiple times with 101 being the most common question total.

### Greatest number of questions correct needed to achieve a 180:100

This has occurred numerous times, most recently on the December 2005 LSAT (which contained 101 questions)

### Least number of questions correct needed to achieve a 180:96

This occurred on the October 1997 LSAT, which was originally a 101 question test, but then had one question removed due to a question integrity issue.

So, we know that LSATs range from 99 to 102 questions, but what about how many questions can be missed on a given test? The following lists the greatest number of misses allowed to achieve certain target scores:

### Greatest number of questions correct needed to achieve a 180: 100

This has ocurred numerous times, most recently on the June 2011 LSAT (which contained 101 questions)

### Least number of questions correct needed to achieve a 180: 96

This occured on the October 1997 LSAT, which was originally a 101-question test, but then had one question removed due to question integrity issues.

• ### 180: -4 questions

This has occured twice, in October 1997 and in February 1999.
• ### 175: -10 questions

This has occured twice, in October 1997 and in December 1998.
• ### 170: -16 questions

This has occurred twice, in October 1997 and in December 1998.
• ### 165: -23 questions

This has occurred on three occasions, all in the 1990s.
• ### 160: -31 questions

This has occured on four occasions, all in the 1990s.

So, if you are considering the most generous scales ever, the numbers above tell you that to get a 170, under the most beneficial LSAT scoring scale you could miss a maximum of 16 questions. But, that “loose” of a scale has not appeared in over a decade, so let’s take a moment to examine the last five years of LSAT scoring scales and get a better sense of what recent LSAT scoring scales have looked like:

Let’s use the target score of 160. Historically, the most generous curve for a 160 allowed a test taker to miss 31 questions. But, if we take a look at the last five years of LSAT scoring scales, we can see that -28 was the most generous scaling during this period, and that the average was -24.59. So, in recent years the scales have been less generous than at times in the past. This means that although we have seen scales as generous as -31, on today’s LSAT we are much more likely to see scales around -25 for a 160, with the most generous scale likely being -27 or -28. A similar analysis can be applied to almost every scoring point on the above chart. In short, the lesson is, “Hope for the best but prepare for the average.”