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LSAT Scoring

Your LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly — your “raw score.” All test questions are weighted exactly the same. The total number of questions you get right is what matters for your score, not which particular questions you get right or wrong. There is no deduction for incorrect answers.

To make it easier to compare scores earned across different LSAT administrations, your “raw score” is converted to an LSAT scale. This is the score you receive in your score report. The LSAT scale ranges from 120 to 180, with 120 being the lowest possible score and 180 being the highest possible score.

Your LSAT Score Report

Your LSAT Score Report includes:

  • Your current score.
  • Results of all reportable tests — up to 12 — including absences and cancellations for standard LSAT takers and cancellations only for LSAT-Flex takers due to the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. An LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) result is reportable for up to five testing years after the testing year in which the score is earned. For information about how many times a test taker may sit for the LSAT, please see Limits on Repeating the LSAT. LSAT testing years run from July 1 through June 30.
  • Your percentile rank, which reflects the percentage of test takers whose scores were lower than yours during the previous three testing years. A percentile rank is reported for each of your scores. Note that percentiles for all reported scores will be updated every year by the end of July.
  • Your score band.

This is important. LSAT scores earned prior to June 2018 are not considered valid for law school admission and are not included in your score report. However, if you would like a copy of your nonreportable LSAT scores for your personal records, you can order an Official Candidate LSAT Score Report.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my score?

All test takers will receive their scores on the score release date associated with their test date, provided they have an approved LSAT Writing sample on file and do not have any holds on their account. Your LSAT score will be posted to the LSAT Status page of your LSAC JD AccountYou will receive an email when your score is available.

All test takers must have a completed LSAT Writing sample on file in order to see their score or have their score released to law schools. Test takers can complete their LSAT Writing as early as eight (8) days prior to the multiple-choice test. 


How do I sign up for LSAT Score Preview?

LSAT Score Preview is available to test takers who wish to see their score before deciding whether to keep it as part of their LSAC file and report it to schools. Score Preview will cost $45 if you sign up prior to the first day of testing for a given test administration, or $80 if you sign up after testing has concluded. 

Test takers who sign up for Score Preview will receive their scores at the same time as other test takers (assuming they have an approved LSAT Writing sample on file and have no holds on their accounts), and will have six (6) calendar days from the date their score is released to decide if they want to cancel or keep their score. If they take no action, their scores will be added to their LSAC file and released to schools at the end of the six-day period. 

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Who receives my score report?

Your score is released only to you and the law schools to which you have applied.

During the registration process, you can request that your score also be released to other law schools (as well as agencies or individuals working on the law schools’ behalf and other eligible programs related to legal education) through the Candidate Referral Service.

You can also have your score released to the prelaw advisor at your undergraduate school. (Receiving LSAT scores enables prelaw advisors to improve their advising, both to you and to other students and alumni of your college.)

Your score will not be released to any other person (including a parent, spouse, friend, etc.).

Scores for the LSAT-Flex (a test with three scored sections and no unscored variable section) will have an annotation that the test was administered in the online, remotely proctored format developed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic during the period May 2020 through June 2021.

How long can I use my LSAT score for applying to law school?

All of your 12 most recent LSAT (or LSAT-Flex) results will be reported to the law schools to which you apply if earned in the current testing year or if earned in the prior five testing years. (Note that LSAT results include scores, cancellations, and absences. LSAT-Flex results include only scores and cancellations, due to the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.) Beginning with the 2021-2022 testing year, LSAT testing years run from July through June. For information about how many times a test taker may sit for the LSAT, please see Limits on Repeating the LSAT.

For example, if you apply to a law school in January 2024, any LSAT scores you earn in the July 2023-June 2024 testing year will be reported. Any scores you earned during the following testing years will also be reported:

  • July 2022-June 2023
  • July 2021-June 2022
  • June 2020-June 2021
  • June 2019-May 2020
  • June 2018-May 2019

If you took the LSAT in June 2018, you could use this score to apply to law school through June 2024. Results from LSATs prior to June 2018 will not be reported.

I believe there is an error in my LSAT score. What can I do?

LSAC routinely conducts multiple procedures to ensure the accuracy of all test response data before scores are released. Because we go to these great lengths as part of our normal processes, the possibility of finding any scoring errors on computerized tests is extremely small. 

However, in response to requests from test takers, LSAC is providing an optional Score Audit service. This service costs $150 (or $75 if you’ve been preapproved for a fee waiver which is noted on your LSAC JD Account). You may request a score audit after you have received your LSAT score. If the score audit results in a score that is different from the original score — higher or lower — the result will be emailed to you and will be reflected in the CAS reports that are transmitted to the law schools to which you apply.  

Learn more about Score Audit