« on: April 10, 2004, 04:18:19 PM »
I've been taking practice LSATs out of the "10 Actual, Official LSATs" book and have been scoring very well. However, I have also taken practice LSATs offered by the Princeton Review and Kaplan and have scored significantly lower (see below for specific details). I am thinking there are two possible explanations for this, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight on which is correct:
1) The Princeton/Kaplan tests are substantially more difficult than normal tests; this is to scare students so that when they get their grades back, they are more likely to sign up for the prep-courses. Then when they take an actual LSAT, and their grade increases, Princeton/Kaplan can say "look how much you improved from our course!"
2) The practice tests in the "10 Actual, Official LSAT" book are from the early 90s; the LSAT has gotten significantly more difficult in the 10 years since then. The Princeton/Kaplan tests reflect this increase in dfficulty, while my outdated practice tests do not.
Anyone have any ideas about this?
Also, for the curious here are my exact scores:
First 4 prep-tests in LSAT book - 180, 175, 171, 175, 176 (the 171 happened at the end of a long week, when I hadn't gotten much sleep, and I made many careless errors).
Kaplan/Princeton tests - 169, 169