Just a note: the scale is actually set before the test by using previous test-takers results on experimental sections.
julie don't think so. actually, it's a complicated formula that includes performance on all tests for the last three years. by the time one's test is administered, though, there's only one more test's data to figure into the formula.
that aside, the o.p.'s larger point quite valid. no one knows that they can reasonably expect to get a certain score on the lsat until their practice on real tests indicates this. those who're scoring below that may get there, but they can't say that until they get there.
and lots of bluster on lsd!