Under Closer Inspection: The October 2012 LSAT

If you took the October 2012 LSAT, you should have gotten an email today from LSAC SCORE with the subject line “Your October 2012 LSAT Score.” LSAC may have its faults, but not being explicit ain’t one of them. And once you click on that email, as I’m sure most of you have, there it is. Three little numbers saying how you did on the test. Then, if you’re like most people, it’s straight to the bottle, either to celebrate or to grieve.

(If you haven’t gotten your October LSAT score back it’s probably because they lost your test, or because they’re waiting until the end to give out all the really bad LSAT scores.)


If your October LSAT score was great, congratulations! Now send those law school applications in! The sooner your applications are processed, the better your chances, so now’s not the time for stalling. If your October LSAT score wasn’t so great, sign up for the December LSAT right now. You’ve got a month of study time, so get cracking.

But about the test itself? It didn’t seem too off from the predictions I made a few weeks ago; it was pretty standard. The curve allowed 10 misses for a 170, which is considered to be a very middle-of-the-road test. Games were tricky but not terrible, LR was pretty standard for the most part with a couple curveballs, and reading comp was boring and pretty difficult, but nothing to really write home about.

For myself, it went a whole hell of a lot better than I anticipated. I took the October LSAT right in the middle of a bout with mono, so I was expecting a supermassive drop, but ended up with a 177. So I’m in no position to complain. I missed one in games, which I think was just some stupid error on my part, and two in reading comp (one on the damn !Kung passage and another on the final passage, which surprised me because I thought I aced that one, but I think I misread something in one of the ACs). And I missed the papercrete LR question, which I thought was a pretty tricky question at the time, but the wrong AC I picked seems glaringly wrong. But all things considered, pretty good test.

But what about you guys? Happy? Sad? Hungry? Give us your reactions below.

25 Responses

  1. bob green says:

    Real Sad. I did horrible, I’m talking 150’s. What shall I do now? I had been scoring in the high 160’s. I want to take it again, but am I blacklisted in sorts? I mean will schools look harshly upon one who blew the first test? If I did indeed score a 17o would this mark be contested with that of my 150?

    • Leah says:

      I’m pretty sure your highest score replaces whichever other score you have. I’d say an improvement like that would probably look better, not worse. It shows you worked hard and really care about this thing. I’m in a similar situation, I got a 154 and am not happy. I registered for the December LSAT because after a short sobfest I decided I’m not letting this stupid number beat me.

    • Cam says:

      Just retake it and write a quick solid addendum explaining the difference. Most law schools will take the higher since it reflects better on them.

  2. Eh says:

    When is an addendum about a history of low standardized score okay and/or a good idea? I have a perfect GPA and my LORs are super personalized and just incredibly flattering. I did abysmally on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, but did well enough in college to receive a full tuition scholarship at my school. I really don’t think a retake would help, I’ve been studying hard and for a long time. Any advice? I don’t want to sound whiny, but I’m starting to think if this could perhaps be a good complement to the rest of my apps.

  3. EJ says:

    173! YES!!! Thank you Blueprint!!

  4. BB says:

    Happy? Sad? Try drunk.

  5. Mich says:

    Is there a way to see how many questions you missed in each section?

  6. Setareh says:

    Is there a way to find out which one of the questions you got wrong? All the sections are there and so is the answer sheet with the answers I bubbled in but I don’t see an answer sheet with correct answers anywhere.

    And I did ok, it was around what I was scoring on practice tests so it wasn’t a big surprise. But it was definitely stressful waiting for the results.

  7. John says:

    I’d been practice testing between 173-176, got a 170… thoughts on retaking? It just sucks because it seems like that moves outside of top 4 range… but then again if I took it again and only got a point or two better? Plus delaying applying til December…ugh

    • Camille says:

      That is an excellent score. I wouldn’t retake it. Any score that puts you in the 95th percentile or above should give you enough confidence to apply during this cycle.

  8. Elena says:

    I did really horrible, I scored a 147, I am pretty upset was scoring 155 in my practice tests, I wasnt shooting for anything higher than 155 as I have been studying for 6 months… and I just dont know why I cant score well on this particular test, feeling really frustrated right about now. I already took a Kaplan prep class, was dedicating 7 hours a day to studying, sigh

    • Nilda says:

      Don’t get down on yourself. It’s a tough test… I didn’t do too hot either, but if you really want this, be persistent, push for 1 more month, and see where that takes you! I was bummed when I saw my score, and no doubt still am, but there’s always second chances :) Stay positive, Elena!

    • Justin says:

      Elena, don’t feel bad. I scored a 148 on my first try. Its hard when you can’t afford the expensive prep courses, have a family, work full time, and are taking 15 credit hours this semester…oh well

  9. alex says:

    thank you so much blueprint! I was just hoping for a 165 and I scored a 169 :)

  10. Nilda says:

    Back to studying… but where do I even begin/restart?! Should I just review from lesson 1? Any suggestions from all you retaking?

  11. Matt loving says:

    155. 5 points lower than I wanted and I’m pretty bummed. I felt ok leaving the test ya know? But idk what exactly to do now. A155 puts me at borderline for my target school and I applied early, but idk what will happen. I didn’t think that it could get worse than waiting a day extra for my LSAT score, but waiting 2.5 months to see if I get in anywhere is straight hell. If it was lower, then I know to take it again, but now I’m in No mans land.

  12. jane says:

    I can see my score but the uploaded response sheet is completely blank – is anyone else having the same problem? I can’t see any of the questions, or the test either.

  13. jane says:

    Never mind, I took the LSAT outside the U.S. and it seems we don’t get access to those things.

  14. Mitch says:

    Really your first comment about them losing them was not a ‘kidding’ joke. They lost my test centers scores and sent out that email at the same time as everyones scores. So now i have 8 days to study for their special make-up LSAT.

  15. sam says:

    I have a happy retake story took it in june scored a 162 85 perventile took it in Oct 167 86.5 percentile…it can happen

  16. Lauren says:

    I was consistently averaging around 166/167 in the final prep weeks before the October test. I messed up on an easy rule on logic games (which affected 3 questions/2 overall points) and ended up scoring 164.i haven’t looked at my books in the past month, but i know that I am capable of scoring better. The cutoff for my ideal school is 165. However, is 2 points worth the risk of lowering my score to retake the test in December?

  17. sunny says:

    Not sure if I should retake…I had been scoring anywhere from 165-171 but scored 164…for some reason that is the 90th percentile for this lsat? Need to sign up today for the Dec test if I want to retake.. thoughts??

  18. Hello Kitty says:

    161. Super disappointed, as I was scoring between 165-168 all summer. The last game got me good. Not even sure if it`s worth a re-take.

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