The LSAT is the biggest factor in your law school application. It will determine where you can go and how much aid you get, so studying hard is a must.
You already know that of course. That's why you're here.
Whether you want to increase your score by 20 points or you just want some extra prep to guarantee you're ready for the exam, we got your back.
P.S.- Be careful with reading reviews on Amazon or other sites. Many of them are purchased, fake, and it's as if people haven't read the book they're recommending.
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The LSAT isn't an exam you can take after using one book to prep. (If you want a good score.)
You'll have to spend hours on studying, doing practice tests, and figuring out where you went wrong.
That's why you shouldn't just purchase one of the books on our list, but all of them. (If you have the time to use all of them.)
There's some debate around this book, but from our experience, it's the best starting point for getting ready for the LSAT.
It should give you a very solid foundation to build upon for all of the sections, and for some students this book combined with 1 or 2 other books might even be enough to score 165+!
It's about as big as each of the PowerScore books listed below, but it covers more material because it doesn't have to be as in-depth about everything as PowerScore.
If you're feeling pretty confident about the logical reasoning section, you can skim it and spend your time on the other sections. However, make sure that you do skim the sections you fell good about because Mike has some great tips and ways of doing things that are different from other prep books.
His model for logic games is very different from Kaplan and other books, and most of the students we've worked with found his way more efficient, effective, and fun!
His explanations are also great. Many people have issues with exam timing, but no amount of "timing practice" will help you if you don't understand the different patterns of thinking and solving problems on the exam.
After all, you might finish quickly and have 3 unfinished questions, but have no idea how to approach them at all. Many of our students who have used Kaplan and other prep books who focus on "improving timing" without improving understanding suffered the same fate.
This book helps you focus on understanding the material and important thinking patterns, so you don't get stuck on a question that you've never seen before.
It's not perfect however. Mike left a couple spelling errors in the book, and the formatting of the answers is somewhat inconsistent at times.
However, it is still the best book to start with!
This book and the next two PowerScore books are must have for anyone serious about getting 165 or higher on the LSAT.
All of the PowerScore books are important, but we rated the logical reasoning one higher because it counts for 50% of your score instead of 25% like the other two books.
What's so great about this book?
With nearly 700 pages and 22 chapters, this book is an absolute monster designed to annihilate any doubts you have about the logical reasoning section.
Not everything in this book will be of use to you as you'll know some of the strategies, methods, and ways of thinking about the different questions, but there will also be plenty that you don't know.
Since the book is so comprehensive, you won't be able to keep all of the information in your head after reading it (you'll have 2 more books to go through anyway!) so we recommend taking notes of the most important points, methods, and question types as you go.
Since this book is so big you might be thinking about quickly skimming it, but don't do that! The biggest benefit will come from practicing the methods in the book until they become second nature, and if you just skim it and try one or two problems it won't work.
This PowerScore book is also a must have if you're aiming for a great score on the exam.
While the problems in this book are a bit easier than on the actual exam, the process behind solving them is what's important. Once you understand the process you can try harder problems in the other books listed below.
The book is structured in multiple sections with each section focused on a specific type of game.
It will give you an example game, show you how to do it and how to think about it, and provide sample questions to practice and make sure you understand it.
The diagrams are helpful, but we prefer Mike Kim's methods for this section.
This last PowerScore book has the secret to achieving immortality and ruling the world.
Well, no, it doesn't. However, it does have everything you need to know to score well on the reading section of the exam!
It will help you deconstruct the passages more effectively, figure out how to attack each different question type, and how to avoid the most popular traps that test-makers love to use.
Most of the provided drills in this book are highly effective, and while some of them are a bit weird and maybe even pointless, they're still worth doing if you have time.
Taking real tests is the best way to prepare for the LSAT (once you know the basics).
While the books above might provide some practice, you should still take at least 10 (preferably 20) practice tests from the books below.
We recommend starting with the last book in the list because it's the most recent, and going backwards as you need more practice.
These books contain 10 previously administered exams, answer keys, and answer sheets. It's everything you could ever need to feel like you're taking the real thing!
However, just taking these exams won't be an effective way to study. You have to go through, figure out what you got wrong, and see what you got right, but weren't sure about.
Flip back to the PowerScore and Mike Kim's book as needed, and keep taking these practice exams until you're close to the score you want at least 2 times in a row.
For the first couple tests you take, feel free to go slow and take your time on each question to get used to the exam format. You can even do them in batches of 5 to give you instant feedback on what you're doing wrong and what you're doing right. (This is surprisingly effective!)
It helps you see errors earlier and more often which means that you can learn more in a shorter period of time.
Then you can start taking the exams as if they're the real thing and seeing how the timing works. If you're having issues with the timing, figure out what problems take you the longest and see if there are better strategies you could be using to figure them out.
We love the LSAT Trainer, but we've had some students that couldn't force themselves to use that book no matter how hard they tried.
When that happens, we always recommend using this official SuperPrep book.
In our opinion it's not as good as the Mike Kim one, but it should still give you an effective base of knowledge before you can start with the PowerScore books and real tests.
It has some tips for each section of the exam, and it also includes 3 practice tests.
We recommend taking 1 test to see how you do, and keeping the rest for practice later on because there's no point in taking all of these without getting the strategies from the PowerScore books.
This book will provide you with some tips and general information about the sections, but you'll definitely need to do some more in-depth studying before getting the score you want.
It's sad that we have to have this section, but there's plenty of books out there that have blatantly fake reviews or terrible advice.
We're here to help you avoid them so you don't have to waste more of your hard-earned money. (You can spend it on sending out law school applications!)
This is the worst offender in this category because it's ranked #1 in Law School Guides!
Because they have great SEO, keywords, and reviews from people who got the book for free and didn't actually take the exam.
It states that it's a comprehensive study guide, but is less than 150 pages. If you want comprehensive, get the SuperScore books!
While they do have some general tips that will be useful for the exam, you're better off not wasting your money here and buying another pack of 10 practice exams or a PowerScore book.
While the book is pretty hefty and has some general strategies, they tend to focus on the wrong things that won't help you succeed on the exam.
Taking the same exams over and over and over won't help you improve your timing if you have no idea how to approach a certain problem. (And they don't help that much with that.)
They only provide 1 online practice exam, and with everything that's included in this book you're better off buying Mike Kim's book to prepare.
This book doesn't always cover why the wrong answer is wrong and why the right answer is right, jumps back in forth while "explaining," and it will force strategies upon you without telling you why they're effective and how you should use them.
Avoid at all cost!
We've heard that the 2015 version is better, but we don't have any experience with it, so buy at your own risk!
While this book doesn't suffer from as many issues as the two above, it's still not a great buy.
It's generally okay for getting your feet wet and building an okay foundation of knowledge, but why waste your money on something that's just "okay" when you can get something better?
You've got questions about the LSAT, and we got your answers!
The LSAT has 4 scored sections of 35 minutes each, and 2 unscored sections of 35 minutes each for a total of 210 minutes or 3.5 hours. However, there's also some "administrative work" you have to do so you can expect the exam to last for 4-4.5 hours.
The max score is 180, and the minimum score is 120.
There are about 100 questions on the exam and each correct answer gives you 1 point to your "raw score" which is then converted to the 120-180 scale.
The higher the better.
A score of 165+ is quite good, but with a score of 175 or higher you will have your pick of top universities giving you solid financial aid.
You don't lose points for the wrong answer, but with all the practice you do before the exam, you probably won't have to do a lot of that on the real exam.