What is an LSAT score band?
An LSAT score band is what an LSAT score is typically reported as. For example, a student who scores 157 will see that they scored in the 154-160 range on their score report.
The score band indicates a range of scores, including those that are higher and lower than the current score. The taker’s actual skill in the abilities assessed is likely to be found within this range.
Because the estimated level of competence established by the LSAT score is not completely precise, LSAT scores are reported with score bands to law schools. A test taker’s real competence in the skills tested on the LSAT may be somewhat higher or lower than that reflected by his or her official achieved score.
How the Score Band is Calculated
The LSAT, like any other standardized test, contains flaws. One method to measure the amount of measurement error linked with LSAT scores is through the calculation of the standard error of measurement.
The typical error of measurement indicates the average error that arises in test scores owing to their built-in limitations.
The LSAT’s typical error of measurement is roughly 2.6 scaled score points, which is quite constant.
A score band with a 68% certainty can be made by subtracting the standard error from the score to get the lower value and adding the standard error to get the upper value.
Therefore, the width of the score band is approximately 7 scaled-score points, after rounding.
At a 68 percent degree of accuracy, your Score Band is roughly 3 points above and 3 points below Your Scaled Score with the LSAT. As a result, the LSAC may express that it is 68% confident that the actual score of someone with a 165 Scaled Score lies between 162 and 168.