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Concensus on best LSAT prep?

yougotjohnyougotjohn Posts: 654Registered User Member
edited February 2013 in LSAT Prep
I'm surprised I haven't seen this discussion anywhere. I've never been someone to use courses, but I wonder if I might with the LSAT...what is the general consensus on the best LSAT prep course out there? And for what kind of person?

For example, which course is best for someone looking to get a score in the 160's? How about someone already testing pretty well but trying to make the jump into the 170's? Princeton Review, Kaplan, Testmaster, Powerscore...?
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Replies to: Concensus on best LSAT prep?

  • SpanksSpanks Posts: 3,612Registered User Senior Member
    My diagnostic was in the 160s, and I've been doing a lot better since reading both powerscore bibles, which I will probably read a few more times between now and the October test. I took the Kaplan course, which was absolutely awful and a huge waste of time/money. Maybe the guilt from wasting $1,300 of my parent's money is valuable, in that it promotes self-studying. I guess taking some real LSATs was useful, but you can do that on your own.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,784Registered User Senior Member
    Testmasters is the way to go.
  • crnchycerealcrnchycereal Posts: 400Registered User Member
    PowerScore, TestMasters, and Blue Print are all very high-quality test-prep companies for the LSAT, not to mention the fact that their methodologies are all very similar. Anyone who had a choice between them or The Princeton Review or Kaplan would be a fool to choose either of the latter two.
  • BronxBombers7BronxBombers7 Posts: 354Registered User Member
    I didn't take a course but I bought a few books and studied them quite a bit for a few months. My diagnostic was 162 and i scored a 170 on the real thing...I credit my jump to the book LSAT 180, it was phenomenal, especially with respect to logic game strategies (I was an English major so the reading comp wasn't a huge concern of mine).
  • The BrianThe Brian Posts: 1,165Registered User Senior Member
    i know powerscore, testmasters and blueprint are the top 3 but which within the three is the best/most recommended?!
  • blondie55blondie55 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Daughter used Testmasters and had good results
  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Posts: 2,449Registered User Senior Member
    I won't profess to know which of those 3 is the "best" but I can tell you that my son jumped 21 points after 20 hours of private tutoring with Powerscore. The materials were the same comprehensive materials used in the Powerscore 80 hour course and he was able to cover the same content as the 80 hour course in 20 hours of tutoring and diligently doing the "homework" necessary to cover all the material. While you pay a premium for private tutoring, if you are considering taking a course, the private tutoring is well worth a close look if you can swing the additional bucks. The class schedules can be very tough, particularly if you are a full time student or are working part time to meet expenses. Scheduling for the tutoring is, naturally, much more flexible, 20 hours is obviously less intrusive than 80, and the attention is individualized to a student's particular needs.
  • The BrianThe Brian Posts: 1,165Registered User Senior Member
    hmm, that's very interesting.

    i know not everyone will get a jump as significant as that but a 21 point increase is tremendous. i might have to look into the private tutoring at powerscore over a general course.

    i imagine it'd be more expensive, though?
  • crnchycerealcrnchycereal Posts: 400Registered User Member
    PowerScore's full-length LSAT course is $1195, whereas tutoring is much, much more expensive. You can purchase 5 hour, 10 hour, 20 hour, or 64 hour packages. The other option is to simply purchase a la carte. However, each hour of private tutoring costs about $100 at its CHEAPEST (the 64 hour package), and the fewer hours you purchase, the more expensive each hour becomes, reaching $150 at the other end of the scale.
  • The BrianThe Brian Posts: 1,165Registered User Senior Member
    wow, that is substantially more expensive.

    i'm still unsure which is better between powerscore and testmasters.

    everything i hear about the two are fairly positive; hard to differentiate anything between the two.
  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Posts: 2,449Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, the tutoring is substantially more expensive - the 20 hour package is $2600 including all of the materials from the 80 hour class. You really have to do a cost benefit analysis and consider your personal budget. The dilemma my son had was when he looked at the 4 hour blocks of time that 80 hour classes offered by Powerscore and Testmasters required and their location about 45 minutes driving time from where he lives, as a full time college student who also worked 15 - 20 hours a week, the scheduling became impossible, particularly for the 2 week night classes per week. The tutoring, even though significantly more expensive, offered tremendous advantages of time, scheduling and focused individualized content. Compared to the cost of 3 years of law school, the difference in cost between the tutoring and the classes didn't seem quite as significant given the benefits.

    Then again, there are students who do quite well just purchasing the study materials for a few hundred bucks and doing self study. It really depends what you feel will work best for you. In trying to decide between the 3 recommended vendors, though, it might make sense for you to call them and ask a load of questions about the programs they offer. My son did that with the 2 vendors on your list that operate in our area and found the discussions and info he received to make one seem a better choice for him.
  • SpanksSpanks Posts: 3,612Registered User Senior Member
    If you have the discipline to self-study I'd suggest Powerscore and a bunch of old LSAT PrepTests. I know some people need the structure of a course, though.
  • bullbusterbullbuster Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Robin Singh's Testmasters for LSAT is a waste of time. This guy wants your money but knows that his prep course does not work. How else can you explain the fact that Robin Singh does not offer any guarantee to back up his worthless training? He even makes you sign a legal waiver that Testmasters is not responsible for your LSAT score. Robin Singh was at the bottom of the class in Law School that he dropped out lest he was forced to quit. He is a loser and his prep course will make you a loser likewise.
    Powerscore is a spinoff of Testmasters and equally worthless. Do your due diligence. Avoid Testmasters of Robin Singh and Powerscore for LSAT prep.
  • College2006College2006 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
    LOL @ bullbuster...obviously a kaplan or princeton review degenerate

    Testmasters and Powerscore are widely considered the best test prep service. Go with them.
  • stilettogirlstilettogirl Posts: 6Registered User New Member
    i was wondering when is the best time to take your LSATs? Also, if what is the consensus on taking a year off between undergrad and grad. is it necessary? do schools like the work experience?
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