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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Taking practice LSAT 3/19/06
« on: February 27, 2006, 07:27:17 PM »
I studied with the Powerscore Bibles in an anticipation for my Kaplan diagnostic/class. I figured I'd rather start out with an idea of what I'm doing and be mediocre and use the class to improve to good rather than coming in clueless, starting at bad and working up to mediocre.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is there ANYONE who's had luck with Kaplan?
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:34:51 PM »
Just came back from my first Kaplan session! It was of course Diagnostic day which meant a full 5 hour strictly proctored diagnostic test. It's exhausting but good practice and like mentioned, it's valuable to experience real test like conditions, including the other annoying test takers, strict timing (when it's pencils down, it's pencils down!), etc.
We even did the Writing Sample which I found odd, but they said the new thing is to do diagnostics as a complete audition for the test which includes the Writing Sample.
I was also very pleased with my instructor at least first impression wise. The way many on here describe it seems like they usually get a fresh out of or even in college student teaching things. My instructor was an older man, who's day job is with the state government and he's been teaching the LSAT for almost 20 years. He even joked about how he had his own style of doing things when commenting about how he "hates" reading the stuff he's assigned to. I just got the impression that he's very well qualified and experienced but won't know for sure until class lessons really start. Anyway, I've got a book full of explanations to look at to see how I did, and I'll continue to provide my assesment as the course goes on.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is there ANYONE who's had luck with Kaplan?
« on: February 22, 2006, 12:15:51 PM »
Hello, have been lurking the board for a while and have decided to sign up and start chiming in. This looks like a great place to discuss the LSAT and Law School, I'll be taking the June test.

Anyway, I have signed up for a Kaplan course since it is the only one offered in this area. Tonight in fact is my first class (will be a diagnostic test) and will be happy to give my honest opinion of how it goes over the weeks.
I think the people who say the methods don't help them as much as Powerscore/Testmasters might have a point, but I think all the other stuff offered by Kaplan can be considered a plus. Remember, many students are not as "into" the test as we are, and for them, never having heard of the other companies, and lacking comparison, can and will find the Kaplan strategies meaningful.
To me, the oppurtunity for timed, proctored and graded diagnostic exams (as mentioned) is an important advantage, as is the sheer amount of material given including all the past LSATs (and YES they are REAL LSATs, maybe in the past they weren't but anyone who says they aren't now, is misinformed) along with explanations for all the answers and even questions divided up by section/question type for targetted practice. Just going to class itself should be helpful, as although I do work hard when I feel I have to, I can get a bit lazy, so having a class to attend and homework to do in conjuction should help keep me on my toes.
I purchased the PowerScore LG Bible after everyone raved about it here, and it was really good. Finished it in the past 2 weeks and I feel I have a good set of strategies for games. The LR Bible is in the mail. I'll take the Kaplan strategies as they are. If I feel the ones I was using are better, I'll ignore 'em. If nothing else I can get some strategies for the Reading section.
Anyway, like I said, I'm going in with an open mind. They're one of the largest test prep companies in the country so they can't be all that bad. Like I said, I'm sure the vast majority of students do benefit and are just lacking knowledge of some of the smaller and harder to find companies mentioned here.

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