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Studying for the LSAT / Best LSAT Prep Book Recommendations 2013
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:49:17 PM »

The BEST LSAT Prep Books 2013
The LSAT Logic Games Bible is the best LSAT prep book for Logic Games
The LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible is the best LSAT prep book for Logical Reasoning
The LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible is the best LSAT prep book for Reading Comprehension
The Official LSAT Superprep is the best and only LSAT prep book w/ explanations written by LSAC, the people who write the exam
The Official LSAT Handbook  is the best LSAT prep book for beginners just getting started on the LSAT, also written by LSAC

You will also need plenty of Actual, Official LSAT preptests:
The Official LSAT PrepTest 68
The Official LSAT PrepTest 67
The Official LSAT PrepTest 66
The Official LSAT PrepTest 65
The Official LSAT Preptest 64
The Official LSAT Preptest 63
The Official LSAT PrepTest 62
10 New Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (52-61)
The Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (29-38)
10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (19-28)
10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (7, 9-16, 18)

Take a look at for a full list of the best LSAT prep books to self-study for the LSAT.

In general, powerscore has the best prep materials on the market. LSAC also has a few "must-have" books as well. I'd avoid most of the rest of the material published (e.g., Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc.).

New for 2013: I am eager to see The Blueprint for LSAT Logic Games which was just published in 2013. Until I get a chance to review a copy, I can't offer any advice on whether or not to buy it, but I will say that I have high hopes.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When should I take my first LSAT test?
« on: September 22, 2011, 06:25:22 PM »
From How Early Should I Start Preparing For The LSAT?:

I'd recommend starting your LSAT prep about 5-6 months before you plan on taking the exam.

About 6 months before test day, you should take a timed, practice LSAT preptest in order to get a baseline score that you will spend the next 6 months working your way up from.

If you start 6 months in advance, you don't need to spend every day on LSAT prep. However, starting this early is an advantage, because even if you only spend a few hours every weekend for the first 3 months, you will have more time to familiarize yourself with the LSAT. A big part of mastering the LSAT is simply becoming familiar and comfortable with the material.(more...)

***Bump for October 2011***

If you aren't prepared, don't take the LSAT. Even a modest 5 point improvement in your score (eg 156 to 161) is huge in the eyes of law school admissions deans. You don't want to end up performing poorly and retaking the exam in a year anyway because you didn't get into the school that you wanted to get into.

The LSAT isn't a test that you can successfully sit for if you haven't adequately prepped.

BUT... I don't understand why you can't take the October or December LSAT. You'd rather risk underperforming in 2 weeks or wait 12 months to go to law school than spending 10 hours (round-trip) traveling? I think that you should consider reassessing those priorities.

On the other hand, taking a year off isn't a bad thing as long as you do something productive. If you can get a low-level job at a law firm or (w/ an econ background) a financial institution (esp. IBank, VC/PE/HF) or w/ the Fed, Treasury, IRS, etc. The experience will look good on apps and give you some real-world experience to draw from when/if you do attend law school.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Struggling with Logical Reasoning
« on: May 24, 2011, 02:17:38 AM »
I would review the Logical Reasoning Bible, paying particular attention to the LR question types that you are having the most difficulty with.

Instead of working through 2 full preptests each day, try working through 1 full preptest and then working through additional LR sections.

Carefully review the questions that you miss (especially the question types that you are prone to missing) and make sure that you understand (a) why the correct answer is correct, (b) why you selected the incorrect answer (timing? reading error? reasoning error?).

When you figure out where you went wrong, keep a log & make a note to yourself. Writing things down and really thinking through why you are making errors will help you to avoid similar errors in the future.

Try and improve your Logical Reasoning Timing by understanding how the section flows and by drilling LR sections.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Seperating the Game Types
« on: May 23, 2011, 09:52:20 PM »
No problem. The game type appendix can be a really powerful tool to improve each game type if you know how to use it. I posted some tips on how to drill LG using the LGB appendix on OLS a while ago in this 30 day LSAT study guide that you might find helpful:

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