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LSAT Podcast Episode 88: The LSAT Scoring Scale: 7 Common Myths Explained

The LSAT scoring scale remains one of the most mysterious and misunderstood aspects of an already-shadowy exam, so to help clear away the confusion, Jon and Dave are busting the scale’s 7 biggest myths! Listen as they explore everything from how the scale works to what truly tightens or loosens it to, above all, what differing scales mean for you on test day.


0:00 – Intro. Jon and Dave get caught up after both recently starting to reintegrate into some semblance of a social life, and Offspring’s classic line “gotta keep ‘em separated” previews today’s topic.

4:50 – This week in the LSAT world. Reminders about the August LSAT coming up, including date/time sign-up info. Make sure to register for our August LSAT Crystal Ballwebinar coming up on 7/25 with Dave and Jon! This is a live session only, with the recording only being provided to our course and tutoring package students.

The LSAT Scoring Scale

12:03 – What does “scoring scale” mean? Why is it used?

18:50 – How is a raw score converted into a scaled score?

27:42 – Why do tests have different conversion charts/curves?

Scoring Scale Myths and Misconceptions

32:54 – “Every test is interchangeable and has the same curve.” Additional reading

39:58 – “The curve depends entirely on how people that took the same test performed on your test day.”

46:31 – “The curve is predictable by test date or time of year.”

50:56 – “The curve is a predictor of how you, or any individual, will perform.”

59:00 – “The curve is proportional from top to bottom.”

1:08:46 – “Having one really hard section or question/game/passage will make a huge difference on the overall test scale.”

1:12:53 – “If you get a really hard LSAT, you have terrible luck.”

1:21:11 – Outro.