Prep-Course Review: LSAT

LSATWhen it comes to LSAT prep, the reviews of different companies and courses seem to be mixed. Even after scouring a number of different blogs and forums, I wasn’t able to identify any clear front runners. That being said, Kaplan and TestMasters were two of the most frequently mentioned.

Kaplan’s most popular LSAT course is their in-person course, which starts at $1,399. It’s taught in seven 4-hour sessions of comprehensive instruction and three full-length in-class proctored practice tests. In addition to the in-class sessions, the course also offers access to Kaplan’s LSAT Channel, which is an online resource providing hundreds of hours of live workshops.

Furthermore, you’ll have access to over 7,500 LSAT questions and an online PrepTest library featuring more than 75 practice tests, each of which is accompanied by detailed explanations of the correct answers. Kaplan’s Smart Reports provide you with thorough performance analyses and study prescriptions, which help target and overcome any problem areas. Although the course is formatted in in-person class sessions, it’s also flexible enough to accommodate scheduling conflicts. If you miss a class, you can always catch up with a free, online make-up session. Finally, Kaplan offers a satisfaction guarantee. If your LSAT score doesn’t improve after taking the course, Kaplan will provide a full refund. The most cited disadvantage of this course seems to be the slightly larger class size. Kaplan’s courses have around 20-30 students per class, which doesn’t seem too big but still exceeds the class sizes of The Princeton Review and Manhattan Review.

TestMasters does not offer an in person course. Their most comprehensive course is a live, online course taught by the creator of TestMasters, but they also offer a prerecorded online course. At $1,550, the live course is slightly more expensive than Kaplan’s in-person course. Like, Kaplan, the price includes several course books. However, TestMasters’ books come with over 8,000 actual LSAT questions. That’s every LSAT question released since 1991. In addition to more than 100 hours of high-definition virtual lectures, the course also includes 15 full-length diagnostic exams which are graded instantly. After each diagnostic test, you’ll receive detailed score reports that point out your areas of weakness, which will help you focus your studies. Through TestMasters’ e-mail support system, you’ll also be able to ask instructors any and all of your questions. Whether its a general question regarding course content or a specific question pertaining to homework problems, you’ll receive a response within 24 hours.

It’s important to keep in mind that Kaplan and TestMasters are just two out of several companies that offer high quality LSAT prep courses. Like I said earlier, there wasn’t really a clear consensus on the “best” LSAT course, so if neither Kaplan nor TestMasters seem like a good fit for you, there are plenty of other options, including The Princeton Review, Manhattan, Velocity Test Prep and PowerScore.

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