« on: October 23, 2007, 03:27:10 PM »
I signed up for Kaplan before I'd ever seen an LSAT test before, because that's what everyone did. I soon found that the only really useful things Kaplan gave me were structure, interacting with other people taking the LSAT, and good materials---which are all essential and I'd rather have taken the Kaplan course than none at all---but you can get these things without shelling out $1200.
Kaplan is for people with mid-range scores trying to move up a bit, but I think that even some of them were more confused after Kaplan and/or harmed by the you-must-follow-our-techniques-exactly attitude (if you take any course, ignore that dogma). I got a 164 on the diagnostic, and so the classes were a complete waste of time--my improvement was mostly the result of my own effort. Whatever you do, take at least 20 full-length, timed, practice tests if you're serious about the LSAT.
I can't speak for PR experience, but I think it's pretty much the same as Kaplan. I've heard better things about PowerScore and Test Masters, particularly from students trying to score high, but I can't speak for them either.