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Correct and Incorrect Answers Counts

Students preparing for the LSAT often wonder exactly how many correct answers are required to obtain a particular score, and correspondingly, how many questions can be missed to obtain that same score. The chart below lists the number of correct answers needed to achieve scores from 150 to 180 (in five-point increments) on every released LSAT since 2005, along with the number of questions that could be missed. Numbers are drawn from the scoring scales used for each exam.

Number of correct answers needed to achieve scores from 150 to 180
 June 200561-3869-3077-2284-1590-994-598-199
 October 200559-4168-3277-2384-1690-1095-599-1100
 December 200558-4368-3378-2386-1593-897-4100-1101
 June 200660-4067-3376-2484-1690-1095-599-1100
 September 200659-4168-3277-2384-1690-1094-698-2100
 December 200656-4465-3574-2682-1889-11******98-2100
 June 200759-4169-3178-2286-1492-896-499-1100
 September 2007 57-4266-3375-2483-1689-10******97-299
 December 200757-4366-3475-2583-1789-1194-698-2100
 June 200860-4169-3278-2385-1691-1095-699-2101
 September 2008 59-4169-3177-2385-1591-995-599-1100
 December 200857-4366-3474-2682-1889-1194-698-2100
 June 200957-4466-3575-2683-1890-1195-699-2101
 September 200958-4367-3475-2684-1790-1195-699-2101
 December 200957-4465-3673-2881-2087-1493-898-3101
 June 201055-4463-3672-2780-1987-1293-697-299**
 October 201057-4466-3574-2782-1989-1295-699-2101
 December 201055-4763-3972-3080-2288-1494-899-3102
 June 201156-4566-3575-2683-1890-1196-5100-1101
 October 201156-4564-3773-2881-2088-1394-799-2101
 December 201156-4564-3773-2880-2187-1493-898-3101
 June 201254-4664-3673-2782-1890-10******99-1100**
 October 201256-4465-3575-2583-1790-10******99-1100
 December 201257-4465-3674-2782-1989-1294-799-2101
 June 201354-4663-3773-2781-1989-1194-698-2100
 October 201355-4664-3773-2882-1989-1295-699-2101
 December 201355-4663-3872-2979-2287-1493-898-3101
 June 201455-4664-3772-2981-2088-1394-799-2101
 September 201456-4565-3674-2782-1989-1294-798-3101
 December 201456-4565-3674-2782-1989-12******99-2101
 June 201556-4465-3574-2683-1790-10******98-2100
 SP2 Test C*57-4367-3376-2484-1691-995-599-1100
 October 201556-4565-3673-2882-1989-1294-799-2101
 December 201557-4465-3674-2782-1989-1295-699-2101
 June 201654-4764-3773-2883-1890-1196-5100-1101
 September 201656-4565-3674-2783-1889-1295-699-2101
 December 201655-4664-3774-2783-1890-1196-5100-1101
 June 201755-4665-3675-2685-1692-9******100-1101
 September 201758-4367-3475-2683-1890-1195-699-2101
 December 201755-4663-3872-2981-2089-1294-799-2101
 June 201855-4564-3674-2683-1790-1095-599-1100
 September 201857-4466-3575-2683-1890-1195-699-2101
 November 201855-4464-3573-2682-1789-1094-598-199
 June 201956-4666-3675-2784-1892-10******100-2102
 September 201956-4564-3773-2881-2088-1393-898-3101
 November 201955-4665-3675-2684-1791-1096-5100-1101
 Standard Deviation 1.671.971.732.011.671.951.571.811.351.520.981.100.760.660.72

* In the Official LSAT SuperPrep II the third test (Test C) was a previously unreleased LSAT known as Form 96. This is the row entry for that test.
** These LSATs had questions removed from scoring.
*** Indicates that there was no raw score capable of producing that scaled score for this test.

One of the noticeable facts shown the above chart is that, depending on the test year, different raw scores translate into equivalent scaled scores. The reason for this apparent discrepancy is that the LSAT varies slightly in difficulty each administration. To account for these variances in test “toughness,” the test makers adjust the Scoring Conversion Chart for each LSAT in order to make similar LSAT scores from different tests mean the same thing. For example, the LSAT offered in June of a given year may be logically more difficult than the LSAT offered in December, but by making the June LSAT scale “looser” than the December scale, a 160 on each test would represent the same level of performance.

Test takers can draw important conclusions about their own performance from both the average raw scores and the standard deviations. For instance, though the average raw score corresponding to a scaled 160 is 74.41, the standard deviation shows that a majority of the scores are within ± 1.67 of this number, or from roughly 73 to 77. A student wishing to score 160 on an upcoming test should then expect, with a reasonable degree of confidence, that correctly answering somewhere between 73 and 77 questions correctly would result in that score. Similar conditions apply for a score of 170, where, with the standard deviation adjustment, a raw score between roughly 88 and 91 is likely needed.

Examining the scales from the standpoint of questions missed, you could miss 26.15 questions to achieve a 160, and with the standard deviation considered, you normally can miss between 24 and 28 questions to get a 160 (although some individual tests fall outside this range). At the 170 level, the range is 9 to 12 questions missed.

Perhaps the most important realization for test takers is that to achieving a high score does not require perfect performance. Each of the raw scores above is the number correct out of 99, 100,101, or 102 questions, so it is clear that missed questions, within reason, are acceptable regardless of the desired score. Even perfect scores usually allow for one to four incorrect answer choices. Again, the averages and standard deviations listed are useful tools in determining an acceptable number of missed questions, whether setting pre-test objectives or evaluating your performance in the week following the LSAT when scores may still be cancelled.

For LSAT scoring scale junkies, here are a few more interesting facts:

Average number of questions per LSAT: 100.57

Greatest number of questions on an LSAT: 102

This has occurred three times on released tests, on the October 1992, December 2010, and June 2019 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: 98.78

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

This has occurred numerous times, most recently on the November 2019 LSAT.



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.