What is the Best LSAT score? Is the best LSAT score difficult to get? How can I earn the best LSAT score?
The best LSAT score is very difficult to achieve. Only about 1 in 1000 LSAT takers earn the best LSAT score, a 180. An LSAT score of 180 generally requires that you miss only 1 or 2 questions… by comparison, the average LSAT taker misses close to half of the total questions (the LSAT typically contains from 100 to 103 questions).
A 180 LSAT score will make you a highly competitive candidate at any of the top law schools in the country, including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, or my school, University of Chicago. Luckily, scores further down the ladder can also get you into these schools (there aren’t enough 180 scorers in a year to fill a whole classroom, let alone an entire law school).
If you happen to be aiming to get the best LSAT score possible, then you would be well advised to start prepping at least 3-4 months in advance of the exam… and you better be brilliant. Though the LSAT is not an IQ test per se, it requires some serious mental horsepower to reach its upper limit.
The LSAT is designed to be a very difficult test even for very smart test takers. However, despite the difficulty, the LSAT is a very learnable and you can improve through practice and study. In fact, studying is almost certainly necessary to achieve your full potential on the test. I doubt anyone in the history of the LSAT has walked in without knowing the test at all and gotten a 180.
Everyone is capable of making big improvements from their initial ‘cold’ LSAT score, the score that they would get taking the test unprepared, but it’s takes effort. Expect to prep long and hard for the best results.
For those considering the LSAT and law school, this is what I did to get a 177 (a 99.8th% percentile score) on the exam. Follow my model and you can max out your own score.
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