October 2011 LSAT Scores Released

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Like a black leopard in Ohio, the October 2011 LSAT scores are on the loose.

They made you wait over the weekend, but around 2:00 p.m. PST Monday, the LSAC released the first batch of October LSAT scores — sticking to their trend of releasing scores two days ahead of schedule.

Here’s hoping it was worth the wait.

With the release of scores comes the unveiling of the curve. While initial reactions of the LSAT way back around October 1 indicated that it was a pretty standard LSAT, a very lenient curve seems to tell a different story.

For the October 2011 LSAT, test-takers could have missed 13 questions and still scored a 170. They could have scored a 160 if they missed 28 and a 150 if they missed 45. To put that into perspective, this was the most generous curve since December 2009, when students could miss an unheard of 14 and still score a 170.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. For now, chime in in the comments. And yes, you can talk about specific answers. Also, don’t forget to check out Matt Riley’s October 2011 LSAT predictions to see how his prognostications panned out.

*UPDATE: We are getting conflicting reports about which section of the October 2011 LSAT was the experimental — leading to the likelihood that there were different experimental sections throughout the country. Among the reports is this little gem: For some students, the fourth section was the experimental section. If this is correct, this would be the first time in the history of the LSAT that the fourth section was experimental (as far we know). We’ve also had confirmed reports that the second section was experimental. Check your item response sheet on your LSAC page to see which was your experimental section.

39 Responses

  1. Cheryl says:

    I always thought one of the first three sections was experimental, and the last two sections always counted. Because it seems as though my fourth section was experimental…

  2. Dsharp says:

    Umm..I did horrible, I’m seriously crying right now, I need someone to talk to.

  3. Elena says:

    I lucked out – my worst section was experimental. Yay!

  4. J says:

    Was it one of the first 3?

  5. Sarah says:

    My experimental was the 4th section. This is the 1st time that has ever happened, right? I was so sure that it was the 3rd section so I didn’t put 100% into it, so depressing.

  6. Daniel says:

    So your sure that the people waiting did not score lower than the rest, right???

  7. Daniel says:

    What if I messed up and circled the wrong section or something!!!

  8. Sara says:

    i had the fourth section as my experimental as well, which I thought was strange. I’m so bummed because on practice tests I was scoring 165 and getting around 4 to 7 wrong per section, but I only got a 159 (one question away from 160 grrr). What killed me was lack of sleep the night before and in section one I got 12 wrong, but afterwards I pepped myself up and in all the other sections I missed in a range of 2 to 7… can I point this out in an addendum, or will the admissions board not care? I took the lsat before scoring 158 without much studying, but I really don’t want to take it again… Help! need advice on what to write in this addendum, thanks!!

    • Michael says:

      Law schools probably won’t care. The number is what they look at it. You sound like you need another shot at the test. I’d retake it one more time if I was in your shoes, preferably in December when its still fresh.

    • An addendum should explain a significant change in scores between administrations, not a trend within a particular LSAT. So, unfortunately, ya just gotta live with that score representing your abilities, not the score that could have been!

  9. Kristin says:

    I got a 167. I should have gotten a 169. In one of the sections instead of coloring the bubble by 24 as E and the bubble by 25 as B, I colored both the B and E bubbles by 24, getting 0 for both those. Feeling so, so stupid…

    • Elena says:

      Yeah, I totally hear ya. I colored both D & E in one of the questions… WTF??? And E was the correct answer.

    • Kristin says:

      I’m really not sure what to do about this… I’ve been averaging a pretty consistent 169 so I’m sure if I retook the test in December I could get 169 or higher.

      I play on applying to UT Austin, and it looks like a 169 -> 167 means I am being moved from their 25th percentile acceptance point to their 50th percentile/median. I was planning on applying early. Is it worth the time and money to redo the test and apply at regular admission?

  10. Prachi Mehta says:

    Is there any evidence of hunch/feeling from Blueprint that the scores are released in order of descending scores?

  11. J says:

    Did anyone have 2 RC sections? I know I did a lot better on my second RC section but now I’m not sure which one’s the experimental anymore.

  12. Mel says:

    My experimental was the fourth section as well. Which is a weight of my shoulders because that LR section did seem pretty difficult.

  13. Amy says:

    I did terribly. I didn’t even score this low on the practice tests I was taking. I’m distraught. Last thing I wanted to do was look at these books again. Well. December test here I come.

  14. Chase Howell says:

    Section 3 (A games section) was my experimental.

  15. Daniel says:

    Me too. Did poorly. Even worse then all of my practice tests…! Damn!

  16. Sonia says:

    The logic games were brutal . . . I was this close to canceling. Got a 169! Thank you, Blueprint!

  17. Meagan says:

    I had logic games first and wasn’t really into the test yet do I missed 10 in that section. I never missed close to that many on a practice test, I’m so upset! Anyone else thrown off by having games first?

  18. Isabella says:

    I had three LRs and my experimental turned out to be the one in Section 4. Too bad what felt like my best section didn’t count. Still pretty happy with my score!

  19. Ashley says:

    Got a 167. Fourth section was experimental for me which screwed me. Not retaking again though. Thanks blueprint! Up 6 points from June.

  20. Steve says:

    I took 13 practice tests and the score I got on the actual test was lower than my lowest score on a practice test. WTF??!! So I’m retaking.
    The games section was horrible, and I too was under the impression that one of the first three games would be experimental… my fourth was my second reading comp section.

  21. Andy says:

    october lsat. 162, section 4 experimental. order was Args, Games, Args, Args, RC.

  22. Tio says:

    I’m proud of myself. 173. And surprised…in a very good way. Late night studying paid off.

    FYI – I really screwed up the LG (usually my best section)…must have made up for it with the RC and the LR. I had 2 RC, one with bumblebees (which was the experimental), section # 3.

  23. Kevin says:

    I’m content with my score but it kills me to know how much better I could have done if they just had some NORMAL logic games on this test. I always rely on the LG section to bump up my score 50fold but, for the first time EVER, it was my worst section.

    On the bright side, cheers to a celebratory week!

  24. Stacey says:

    I totally bombed the logic games section! Missed 10 questions on lg when i usually miss 4 or 5! Still managed to pull a 163 because i thought the rest of the test was fairly easy but logic games… Brutal!!!

  25. Karen says:

    My experimental section was definitely #3, which for me was a RC section.

  26. Ashley S. says:

    170 – better than I expected, misssed 0 on RC for the first (and last) time in my life. But what was with the 4th section being experimental? Thanks for that Lsac

  27. roc says:

    161 ; nine points up from June. 3rd section exper. RC

    Don’t know if can bear taking this test again, like ever! I may just tuck my tail and deal with it.

    Any thoughts on retake?

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