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LSAT PreP Courses

LSAT PreP Courses
« on: August 17, 2007, 07:14:13 AM »
I've been researching different LSAT Prep Courses and have heard that TestMasters is the best.  I've visisted www.testmasters.com and testmasters.net.  Are these the same company? TestMasters.com guarentees your score will go up 10 points.  Has anyone taken either of these and if so, what has been your experience?  Are their any other courses given that you would recommend?  I hear horror stories about Kaplan and Princeton Review. 

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Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2007, 11:26:23 AM »
This is totally posted in the wrong place, but...

NO, they are NOT the same.   You want http://www.testmasters180.com/ (AKA scoreperfect if youre in texas).

My experience has generally been good. I have a solid and entertaining instructor, plenty of homework materials to use as practice (too many if you ask me ;) ), and at minimum 4 diagnostics (I'm taking an additional, optional one this weekend).

This diag ought to be a pretty good indicator of my progress

Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007, 08:00:07 PM »
Save your money.  Skip the prep courses and get yourself the best tutor you can find.  Trust me.  If I had it to do over again thats what I would do.  Your own personal tutor will focus on your weaknesses and make the best use of your time.  A prep course will waste time while you listen ot others peoples weaknesses that rarely overlap yours.

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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007, 04:38:26 PM »
I've been researching different LSAT Prep Courses and have heard that TestMasters is the best.  I've visisted www.testmasters.com and testmasters.net.  Are these the same company? TestMasters.com guarentees your score will go up 10 points.  Has anyone taken either of these and if so, what has been your experience?  Are their any other courses given that you would recommend?  I hear horror stories about Kaplan and Princeton Review. 

Thanks.

Quick note: Kaplan is no good, a damn waste of time and money.

Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 09:59:18 AM »
There is a lot of variation between different courses.  In the end, it is a personal comfort/fit decision but it is also important to look at the types of practice tests they use.  Some companies skew the practice tests they use so definitely try to look for a company that uses authentic, official LSAT practice exams.  If you are still in doubt after researching them on your own, call the companies and ask to see a copy of their syllabus/sit in a class to get a better idea.  Most of them will be more than happy to let you do this.

Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 10:20:46 AM »
I am surprised to hear the negativity regarding Kaplan.  I selected them because of their name.  So far I have been very impressed.  I am 2/3 through the course so cannot yet provide an analysis of my score change, but the quality of teaching has been first rate.  The class is small (7) and intimate.  The Kaplan methods of covering the various sections and types of questions seem thorough and comprehensive.  There have been several added bonuses. For example, today I will attend a special Saturday mock test and tomorrow will attend a special workshop.  These weekend activities continue Saturdays and Sundays until the exam on June 8.  I attended a workshop on personal statements and passed on the chance to go to other workshops that didn't interest me.  What's more, the online analysis is really useful.  It shows your strengths/weaknesses by problem type, subject area, and difficulty level.  The system generates study assignments based on the data.  What more could you want? 

I think a private tutor would be great!  But bang for the buck would be hiring the tutor after you complete the course.

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Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 10:23:54 AM »
powerscore

or testmasters or a tutor through powerscore or testmasters

the rest are a waste of money

Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2009, 12:32:39 AM »
I am currently enrolled in testmasters and I have to say it was the best decision I have ever made.  There were only three people in my class and my instructor was awesome-she really takes the time to understand where each weakness is in students and helps to eliminate it.  I feel extremely prepared for the test on Monday and am actually excited to put everything I have learned to use on the real test.  Also, being a testmasters student, you have access to every single question that has ever been asked on the LSAT-you can also score your own diags online and find out your score immediately.  The amount of resources they give you access to is unreal.

I have a friend in Kaplan and she hates it.  I can't speak from my personal experience with it, but I can tell you hers is not good.

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Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2009, 01:23:41 PM »
Great, good luck although u sound like u won't need it!

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Re: LSAT PreP Courses
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2009, 08:10:58 PM »
oh and I left the most important thing out-  a lot of those companies don't use actual exams; they make up their own which is usually much much easier resulting in a false sense of security.  You take their exam get a 177 with little effort, all of a sudden you practice an actual exam and now you are struggling to pull a 155.