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:

Average number of questions per LSAT: 100.53

Greatest number of questions on an LSAT: 102

This has occurred three times, on the October 1992, December 2010, and February 2017 LSATs.

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 100 and 101 being the most common question totals.

Average number of questions correct needed to achieve a 180: 98.74

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

This has occurred numerous times, most recently on the June 2017 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 to question integrity issues.

Greatest number of misses allowed to achieve individual scores:

180: -4 questions

This has occurred twice, in October 1997 and in February 1999.

175: -10 questions

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

For more information about LSAT scoring, read this article about LSAT Scoring Scales.