Best Prep Course?

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JDHopeful
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Best Prep Course?

Postby JDHopeful » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:25 pm

Which prep course is the best and what length?

tomwatts
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Re: Best Prep Course?

Postby tomwatts » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:54 pm

The full-length (80+ hours) ones. Don't mess with the weekend ones or the short (30-40 hours) ones if you want comprehensive coverage of the exam.

I'm a Princeton Review teacher because I think that we're the best, but frankly, any course that gives you all the released PrepTests, gives you basic strategies for approaching them, and makes you do most of them is going to help you improve your score, provided you put in the requisite effort.

PoliticalJunkie
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Re: Best Prep Course?

Postby PoliticalJunkie » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:00 pm

You're going to need to do your own research into this one. While the general strategy of all prep companies is virtually the same, the methodology they use is different. therefore different courses will work well with different students. I didn't like Testmasters or Powerscore (though I did read the bibles). I've never liked Princeton Review or Kaplan (sorry to the above poster) based on previous experiences. I chose Blueprint - Movie (as I was not in LA for an in person class). Went up 20+ points so I honestly can't complain, though it took me hours to research all of the courses and potential teachers (if in person) to finally make a decision of which would work best for me. Atlas is another one which I looked into, but I don't know enough to have an opinion about them. AllI now about Atlas LSAT is from taking their big brother course, Manhattan GMAT, for my MBA.

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Re: Best Prep Course?

Postby christinalsat » Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:24 pm

I'm taking Testmasters and have been really disappointed with the (lack of) progress I've made with the course. Some people have very different experiences, so I'm guessing it probably depends a lot on who the teacher is, what your weaknesses are, etc. I scored a 159 on my first initial diagnostic and haven't been able to raise my score more than 2-5 points. Very frustrating. Like the poster above said, do your research!

Also take into account your work/school schedule and how it fits into the class you're looking at. Testmasters didnt work for me because, during this last month, I've been trying to balance 10hr work days, 4 hr classes, hours and hours of homework and as many practice tests as I can squeeze in. Don't think I've really absorbed anything I've learned these past 4 weeks and now I am totally burnt out. If I had known, I would've taken the Dec prep test in preparation for the Feb lsat so that I could focus solely on the class and spend the next two months just doing PTs. Now I'm stuck waiting until June.




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