# How Is the LSAT Scored?

The following is a breakdown of how the LSAT is scored:

The LSAT contains a total of 5 sections with MCQs, out of which one will not be graded. The exam is divided into four distinct sections that will be graded: Logical Reasoning 1, Logical Reasoning 2, Reading Comprehension and Analytical Reasoning alongside a fifth section that is spared specifically for writing. The fifth section to not be graded will not be easy to tell, so test makers suggest completing all sections and not leave any question behind.

The LSAT has around one hundred questions that are each worth one mark on the paper. Half of the paper is dedicated to logical reasoning, while the remaining two sections are 25% each. Once the test is taken, a raw score is calculated between the lowest number possible (120) and the highest number possible (180). This raw score is then refined using a score conversion method that makes the bell curve.

Once this process is done, the test scorer is given a percentile ranking, which means that someone with a high score of 178, for example, will be placed in the 99th percentile. Just as the overall score rises, so does the percentile. For example, a 171 will warrant a 98th percentile, 164 in the 90th, and a 160 in the 80th. This means that as the score approaches the bell curve, the percentile drops a higher number than the previous one.

An LSAT exam also has another feature that is represented by the 160th mark on the test. This feature is called the constant, which is fixed to ensure that the exam maintains some stability for the incoming administrators and that the harder questions on any test are accounted for.

After a scaled score is calculated and a new percentile assigned, the students’ scores are compared with candidates from the past 3 years. Most of the students’ scores will be saturated inside what administrators are calling the bell curve.

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