Concensus on best LSAT prep?

<p>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? </p>

<p>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...?</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>Testmasters is the way to go.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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).</p>

<p>i know powerscore, testmasters and blueprint are the top 3 but which within the three is the best/most recommended?!</p>

<p>Daughter used Testmasters and had good results</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>hmm, that's very interesting.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>i imagine it'd be more expensive, though?</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>wow, that is substantially more expensive.</p>

<p>i'm still unsure which is better between powerscore and testmasters.</p>

<p>everything i hear about the two are fairly positive; hard to differentiate anything between the two.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>LOL @ bullbuster...obviously a kaplan or princeton review degenerate</p>

<p>Testmasters and Powerscore are widely considered the best test prep service. Go with them.</p>

<p>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?</p>

<p>They do like work experience.. it just depends on how you are. If you feel ready to take the LSAT, take it while you are motivated.. if you feel you need a year off to prep and study, go for it. I tried studying for it during my last year of college and it was difficult for me so I just graduated in March and now I feel muchhhh better about it and more ready! I also got 2 years of legal experience under my belt so that helped me get motivated a bit more. </p>

<p>good luck</p>

<p>Also.. I'm almost done with the full-length Testmasters course. It's OK.. if you really commit yourself. They take 4 hours to go over like 8 questions though.. in great detail. It's a little too much but it's all how much effort you put into it. I hate how they talk down to you like you're stupid sometimes and I also hate how everyone in your class is on different levels. I get irritated when people don't get things and it gets annoying when the same people ask dumb questions to make the 4 hour class turn into 5 hours (6pm-11pm GEEZ!). Maybe I just got stuck with a bad class. I feel like I could have been more productive studying on my own during those valuable hours. I plan to stick myself in the library after the class is over to teach myself the concepts in greater detail. If you're a self-learner I think that a class would be a waste, especially if you are already scoring in the 160's and above. Test preps are for people like me, who start in the 140s or even 130s and want to set a strong foundation for studying the LSAT. All the concepts are pretty basic if you are already familiar with the LSAT. Anyway, I haven't really done the homework but I wanted to save it until I got closer to September's LSAT. I've also started the Powerscore LR and LG Bibles which help clarify things a bit more.. a great supplement to the Testmasters course.</p>

<p>Has anyone taken the Power Score Virtual Course? I want to know if it's as good as the class.</p>

<p>Also, just a couple of general questions: when do people typically start prepping for the LSAT? And when do undergrads typically take the LSAT?</p>