LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

How did your actual LSAT score vary from your average in practice?

Actual test score was around 10 points lower, or more.
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8%
Actual test score was around 5 points lower.
11
31%
Actual test score was more or less the same.
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39%
Actual test score was around 5 points higher.
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19%
Actual test score was around 10 points higher, or more.
1
3%
 
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Adjudicator
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LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Adjudicator » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:23 pm

I'm interested to see what peoples' experiences are. How different was your actual LSAT score from what you were averaging in practice on full-length, timed practice tests?

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Knock » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:25 pm

Adjudicator wrote:I'm interested to see what peoples' experiences are. How different was your actual LSAT score from what you were averaging in practice on full-length, timed practice tests?


This has been discussed many times. The general consensus is that it is extremely common to drop 2-3 points or more from your PT average, and that most people experience at least some form of this test day drop. As for me, I dropped 5 points from my PT average on the real deal :x.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:28 pm

Now see if you put this question "practice actual lsat" into the little search engine at the very bottom of this page (not the one on the left, the centered one) you get 10 pages of results that discuss this. The search button is your friend.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Adjudicator » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:30 pm

Knockglock wrote:As for me, I dropped 5 points from my PT average on the real deal :x.


Any theory as to the cause of this?

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Knock » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:31 pm

Adjudicator wrote:
Knockglock wrote:As for me, I dropped 5 points from my PT average on the real deal :x.


Any theory as to the cause of this?


Nerves and adrenaline.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Ford Prefect » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:34 pm

I dropped one point from my PT norm - I took six tests, 5=159, 1=165.

I was hoping for something closer to the aberration. My initial PT's this time around started at 164, which is better.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby StrictlyLiable » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:50 pm

Well one must keep in mind that this is TOP law schools.com, that typically means that they have high scores. High scores = every question is a point but the lower the scaled score the more variance it takes to make such a difference.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby StrictlyLiable » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:51 pm

mdallavis wrote:I dropped one point from my PT norm - I took six tests, 5=159, 1=165.

I was hoping for something closer to the aberration. My initial PT's this time around started at 164, which is better.



So you got a 159 on the real thing?

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Ford Prefect » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:26 pm

158

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby 3|ink » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:55 pm

I scored 11 below my best.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby kazu » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:52 pm

What about retakers?

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby 3|ink » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:53 pm

kazu wrote:What about retakers?



That was my retake.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby kazu » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:55 pm

3|ink wrote:
kazu wrote:What about retakers?



That was my retake.


So.. we should answer based on my retake (or higher) score as well?

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby Bill Cosby » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:05 am

Five points lower.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby StrictlyLiable » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:00 am

3|ink wrote:I scored 11 below my best.



How many PTs did you take before? I feel a lot more confident then when I took my first LSAT (the real deal) cold. I feel that if you do 20+ PTs with experimentals, in timed conditions you can probably count on getting pretty close to you average. I'm just saying if you never get below a 160 in the majority of all of those timed tests I don't see how you can freak out sooooo badly to be even -5 from that average.

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Re: LSAT Scores - Practice vs. Actual

Postby CapHillLove » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:19 am

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