How Is the LSAT-Flex Different?
The LSAC has updated the LSAT several times over the past few years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students tested remotely through the LSAT-Flex, but a new exam format has now replaced this test. At present, the three most recent LSAT exams include:
- In-Person LSAT: The exam conducted at testing centers contains four 35-minute sections. The LSAC plans to resume in-person testing in the near future.
- LSAT-Flex: The LSAC removed one Logical Reasoning section in 2020, reducing the LSAT-Flex to three timed, scored sections. As of June 2021, this test is no longer available.
- New LSAT: In August 2021, the LSAC introduced a revised LSAT, adding a fourth unscored section and a 10-minute break between the second and third parts of the exam.
LSAT vs. LSAT-Flex Scoring
Three Section Remote Exams
With the new LSAT format changes, the LSAC is currently evaluating its scoring methods. However, both remote exams have only three scored sections, so the LSAT-Flex scoring system is still relevant but likely to change. The new LSAT's fourth unscored section does not affect your final results.
Four Section In-Person LSAT
Traditional, in-person LSAT scores take four sections into account, so scoring charts for this test do not apply to remote exams. The LSAC adjusted the total value of each question to match the new three-section format, so raw results, scaled scores, and percentiles are different for these online tests.
Prerequisites for Scoring
An Important Last Step to Complete Your Exam
To receive your score report, you'll need to complete the LSAT Writing Exam, which is available online and on-demand, so you can finish it at your convenience. You'll need to take the test and submit this writing sample to complete the LSAT and get your results.
Understanding Your Results
What's on My Score Report?
Both LSAT and LSAT-Flex score reports summarize your exam performance, and you'll receive your results on a designated release date. The LSAC also submits this report and your writing sample to law school programs upon your request.
When you receive your LSAT score report, you'll see the following information:
- Scaled Score: This is your current test result, based on correct answers given on the exam.
- Reportable Results: Lists up to 12 recent scores from previous attempts in the last five years, including cancellations and absences.
- Percentile: Ranks your performance among all test takers who scored lower than you in the last three years.
- Score Band: Estimates your skill proficiencies among a range of results slightly above and below your reported score to account for standard error measurement.
How Do You Convert Raw Scores to LSAT-Flex Scaled Scores?
Since LSAT-Flex scores and the new exam differ from the in-person test, you'll need to use the correct chart to find your scaled score when taking a practice exam. The following chart details how scaling works for the LSAT-Flex:
Evaluating Your Performance
What Does a Good LSAT-Flex Score Look Like?
Using the chart as an LSAT-Flex score calculator, you can use correct answer totals to find excellent, good, and average scaled results for the three-section exam:
- Excellent: Answering at least 67 questions correctly on the LSAT-Flex gives you a score of 170, placing you in the 97th percentile of test-takers.
- Good: With 54 correct answers on the LSAT-Flex, your score of 160 puts you in the 81st percentile.
- Average: You can earn a median score of 153 by answering at least 44 questions right on the LSAT-Flex.
Other Test Differences
- Are LSAT-Flex scores higher? According to the LSAC, from May 2020 to April 2021 average LSAT-Flex scores were 0.9 points higher than previous years due to increased test preparation and other factors.
- Which is better, the LSAT or LSAT-Flex? The LSAT-Flex ended in 2021, but law schools accept scores from all three recent test versions for admissions applications.