« on: January 31, 2004, 01:12:47 PM »
Just because people tell you good things about Kaplan doesn't mean you're going to have a good experience, nor does it mean it should make or break whether you go ahead and take it. You got it for free, so go ahead and take it and see.
I also got the course for free. I took it, had a good experience...but I have also learned that A) there's not much difference in what the courses will teach you and B) there's not much difference in the material presented in the course books and the material presented in the store books (which kind of makes the prep courses a ripoff, in my opinion). I also had to put a lot of work into it, and I don't think most people in my class did...and I also don't think most of them saw any real improvement (I improved over 10 points). Whether or not you take a prep course, you will have to put a lot of time and effort into prepping, so you can probably get away with either/or. However, you've got the chance to take it for free!
The jump taking Kaplan has over just studying on your own is they give you access to pretty much all the old LSATs, give you practice on real LSAT questions and give you about 5 timed tests, score them and give you a detailed description of your problems. Even if you overall have a bad experience with Kaplan, that alone with help quite a bit if you take advantage of it.
I've also learned that the quality of the course differs all over this country. If you really want to get the best idea of what your experience will be like, you should talk to people who have taken the course where you're looking to take it and find out about instructors, also.