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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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 094320 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:28 pm

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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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