How to Compare LSAT Courses

When LSAT test dates approach, the rush to sign up for LSAT prep courses begins. If you live in a large city or smaller town with a university, there may be several test prep businesses that offer LSAT classes. Prices can range from a few hundred dollars, to more than a thousand per LSAT course. With so many options, how do law school hopefuls choose right one? What should students expect from LSAT preparation classes? Here is a guide to help you compare options for LSAT courses.

When researching, LSAT prep classes, find out how many hours of instruction each course offers. Do not count time taking proctored practice tests, only count the actual class instruction time. A typical course offers 20 hours of classroom time including LSAT strategy sessions, test fundamentals, and question review.

Find out how many full-length practice tests come with the course. Five LSAT sample tests or more is optimum. Ask if the tests are official exams from the LSAC, or if they are exams developed by the test prep company. Studying with real exams is better than studying from simulated exams.

Find out how many books come with the course and how much online/CD study material you will receive (if any). Often, it's the quality and quantity of the lesson materials that determines how expensive or cheap a prep class is. Many LSAT test prep companies buy proprietary testing information from the test makers, or hire "spies" to take exams and memorize questions, which can add to the price course.

Ask how many students are in the LSAT classes, or what the upper limit is. A teacher in a large LSAT class may not have enough time to help you individually, whereas in a small class, you can get more attention. Alternatively, you can opt for private tutoring. Private tutoring costs more per hour, but you won't need as many hours if you are getting one-on-one attention.

Finally, inquire about their prices and any refund policies.

After gathering information above, make list or spreadsheet of the different LSAT courses along with their pros and cons. If you struggle with particular concepts or questions on the LSAT, such as setting up Logic Games, consider LSAT classes that give you more face time with an instructor.

If your weakness is pacing, but you otherwise know how to answer questions, make LSAT practice tests a priority. If you enroll in an LSAT class soon before your test date, opt for a condensed course with fewer materials. That way you won't pay for more LSAT study material than you can feasibly use.

No matter which LSAT prep class you enroll in, commit to attending all of the classes and using all of the study material.

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