One point of confusion among test takers is how older LSAT scores are reported. Currently, LSAC reports any LSAT score from the past five years (along with an average score if two or more LSAT scores appear on your record). However, even though LSAC reports those scores, most schools want to see a score from within the past three years (apparently, LSAT scores are like doughnuts—they go stale after a while!). This occasionally leads to candidates waiting to retake the LSAT until a past poor performance drops off their record. But, what if you want law schools to see an older score or scores?
If that is the case, you can request that LSAC release scores that are up to ten years old to the law schools. To make this occur, simply write LSAC with “a letter or fax that includes your name, LSAC account number, date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security or Social Insurance number, the date(s) you took the test, and your signature.” And, presumptively, a request that they release those older results.
But, what if you want to obtain LSAT scores that are older than ten years (for a job application or record purposes, for example)? In that case, LSAC won’t report those old scores to the law schools, but they will send them directly to you. You can order them from LSAC, and please see this page for information on how to do so. Scores all the way back to 1976 can be obtained, and even some scores from earlier are available.
Important Note: Regrettably, this policy has changed. LSAC no longer reports scores that are older than five years, no exceptions.
Do you have questions about LSAT score reporting policies? Please post them in the comments section!