Current LSAT Score Percentiles

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If you've gotten your LSAT score report back, you may have noticed that under the "LSAT Score Data" section, there's a percentile ranking based on your score. Many people have no idea what this little number really means! If you're one of them, here's your LSAT score percentile explanation, along with a chart delineating each of the score percentiles based on testers from June 2010 – February 2013.

Why Should I Care About My LSAT Score Percentile?

Yes, how well you've fared on the LSAT compared to others who've taken the test during your administration isn't the only thing you should be concerned about. In fact, your LSAT score is just one of many things that will be evaluated to make admissions decisions about you. Things like the following attributes listed by LSAC are also considered:

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate course of study
  • Graduate work, if any
  • College attended
  • Improvement in grades and grade distribution
  • College curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Ethnic/racial background LSAT Scores By Gender and Ethnicity
  • Individual character and personality
  • Letters of recommendation/evaluations
  • Writing skills
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Work experience or other postundergraduate experiences
  • Community activities
  • Motivation to study and reasons for deciding to study law
  • State of residency
  • Obstacles that have been overcome
  • Past accomplishments and leadership
  • Anything else that stands out in an application

However, your LSAT score is a means with which to compare you to other students on a very similar scale. Everything else about you is unique! Your LSAT score, within a certain degree of statistical reliability, can be counted on to provide an unbiased look at how you perform on logical, analytical, and reading comprehension questions.

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LSAT Score Percentiles Explanation

When you receive your LSAT score report (they usually come about three weeks after you've tested via email if you have an LSAC.org account and four weeks via snail mail if you don't), then you'll see a section called your "LSAT Score Data" section.

In this section, you'll see information for every time you've sat for the LSAT in the past five years. Your LSAT scores, your score percentile ranks, the dates you've taken the LSAT, and your LSAT score bands, which are simply the ranges in which you scored, will be reported for every one of your test dates. If you've taken the LSAT more than once, you'll see an average LSAT score reported based on every one of your performances, too.

Let's say that the percentile rank listed for the test you took in June was an 83%. Your score was a 161. That percentage means that you scored higher than 83% of the test-takers who sat for the June test. Another way of looking at it is that you're in the top 17% of testers for that administration.

LSAT Score Percentile Chart for June 2010 – February 2013

Below, you'll find the average score percentiles for every tester who took the LSAT between the dates listed above.

It's helpful to compare your current LSAT score report to this list to see how you fit into a larger pool of testers. The scaled score is listed to the left and the percentile score is listed to the right.

  • 180: 99.9%
  • 179: 99.9%
  • 178: 99.9%
  • 177: 99.8%
  • 176: 99.7%
  • 175: 99.5%
  • 174: 99.3%
  • 173: 99.0%
  • 172: 98.6%
  • 171: 98.2%
  • 170: 97.4%
  • 169: 96.6%
  • 168: 95.8%
  • 167: 94.5%
  • 166: 93.2%
  • 165: 91.5%
  • 164: 89.9%
  • 163: 87.7%
  • 162: 85.3%
  • 161: 83.0%
  • 160: 80.3%
  • 159: 77.2%
  • 158: 73.7%
  • 157: 70.8%
  • 156: 66.9%
  • 155: 63.4%
  • 154: 60.2%
  • 153: 56.0%
  • 152: 51.6%
  • 151: 47.8%
  • 150: 44.4%
  • 149: 40.3%
  • 148: 36.8%
  • 147: 33.5%
  • 146: 30.0%
  • 145: 26.7%
  • 144: 23.7%
  • 143: 20.5%
  • 142: 18.1%
  • 141: 15.8%
  • 140: 13.4%
  • 139: 11.6%
  • 138: 9.7%
  • 137: 8.5%
  • 136: 6.9%
  • 135: 5.9%
  • 134: 4.8%
  • 133: 3.9%
  • 132: 3.2%
  • 131: 2.6%
  • 130: 2.1%
  • 129: 1.7%
  • 128: 1.3%
  • 127: 1.1%
  • 126: 0.8%
  • 125: 0.7%
  • 124: 0.5%
  • 123: 0.4%
  • 122: 0.3%
  • 121: 0.3%
  • 120: 0.0%
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Roell, Kelly. "Current LSAT Score Percentiles." ThoughtCo, Dec. 5, 2016, thoughtco.com/current-lsat-score-percentiles-3211313. Roell, Kelly. (2016, December 5). Current LSAT Score Percentiles. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/current-lsat-score-percentiles-3211313 Roell, Kelly. "Current LSAT Score Percentiles." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/current-lsat-score-percentiles-3211313 (accessed May 28, 2018).