Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

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Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby Jimjones » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:52 am

Hi, been studying for about 1.5 months with the PS bibles. Practice testing low to mid 150's. Need to break into the 160's.

Is the Blueprint Movie course worth the $800? Is it the best option out there? If I could bring my score up 5+ points it would be worth it to me. Need an online program.

Thank you

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Postby charlesxavier » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:39 am

Jimjones wrote:Hi, been studying for about 1.5 months with the PS bibles. Practice testing low to mid 150's. Need to break into the 160's.

Is the Blueprint Movie course worth the $800? Is it the best option out there? If I could bring my score up 5+ points it would be worth it to me. Need an online program.

Thank you


I had a 154 diagnostic and through blueprint: the movie my preptest average went up to a 167. But, once I get my actual LSAT score I will let you know (that's all that matters). I do know that they just came out with new curriculum, so I don't know how different that is from what I used. What sections are you having trouble with?

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby Jimjones » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:11 am

I have to bring up all sections. I am around -8 on LR right now. -6 to-8 on RC, although I have done very few because I hate it and it puts me to sleep. lol
Games are really bad, I only get about half of the questions right. The timing kills me. I can almost always do all the games untimed. However, I did just start studying the AR in Late Jan and I hope to make it a rock solid part of my LSAT with ample practice. If I can lock down the games I would probably be OK. My goal is -5 or better in LR, -5 or better in games and then -8 or so in RC. That would do it.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby dynomite » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:09 am

Jimjones wrote:Hi, been studying for about 1.5 months with the PS bibles. Practice testing low to mid 150's. Need to break into the 160's.

Is the Blueprint Movie course worth the $800? Is it the best option out there? If I could bring my score up 5+ points it would be worth it to me. Need an online program.

Thank you


I was PTing in the 160s and they got me PTing in the 170s, so, yes, I think it's a good investment. Matt and Trent are hilarious -- it's actually fun watching the videos.

(I know I sound like an infomercial, but what can I do?)

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby christinalsat » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:40 am

After taking Testmasters I'm PTing in the mid to low 160s. I really want to score in the high 160s, ideally low 170s. Do you think it's worth dumping another $800 on Blueprint after taking TM?

I was a bit disappointed with TM, but at this point I'm also skeptical of classes since I was able to bring myself from a 150 to a 159 by just studying on my own for a couple weeks before taking TM. Altogether, TM only raised my score by a couple points which was definitely NOT worth the $1500.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby dynomite » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:48 am

christinalsat wrote:After taking Testmasters I'm PTing in the mid to low 160s. I really want to score in the high 160s, ideally low 170s. Do you think it's worth dumping another $800 on Blueprint after taking TM?


It's hard for me to say, as I've never taken TM and don't really know how you study best.

What I will say is that I found Blueprint to be exceedingly user-friendly -- Matt and Trent (the guys who teach in the videos) are both really good at explaining things and generally pretty hilarious. As bizarre as this sounds, I actually looked forward to the videos, in part because the format worked really well for my schedule (I work 50-60 hrs week, so I could watch these from like 10pm on, pause to watch Letterman/Conan/Stewart's monologue and eat cereal, go back, etc.) and in part because they made the video watching fun.

They have a few sample videos on their site that are pretty good indications of what's to come. Here's the link http://www.blueprintprep.com/video/videosample.php

So, without knowing you or your situation, here's what I'll say: I would be surprised if you signed up for Blueprint, studied their materials hard and didn't significantly improve.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby jumblelover » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:55 pm

A movie? For $800? What a horrible idea.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby Jimjones » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:59 pm

You registered to say that?

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby christinalsat » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:06 pm

It's not really a movie is it? I thought it was more like an extended pre-filmed online course. Also, do they offer an support outside of the movie? Does it come with coursebooks?

I liked the idea of the Testmasters hotline, but while a couple teachers I spoke with were really helpful, many of them were pretty awful.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby abbas123 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:14 pm

jumblelover wrote:A movie? For $800? What a horrible idea.


is it on netflix?

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby dynomite » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:51 pm

christinalsat wrote:It's not really a movie is it? I thought it was more like an extended pre-filmed online course. Also, do they offer an support outside of the movie? Does it come with coursebooks?


Right, not a movie -- it's something like 16 lessons, each of which is broken up into about 6 to 8 videos about 20 minutes in length. They ship you a box with (5?) coursebooks and a supplemental "workbook." As you watch the videos, you follow along in the coursebooks -- at various points they say things like "Pause this video now and do problem #3, then come back to me" or some such. The coursebooks also have a lot of those drills that you'd find in the Powerscore Bibles.

There are also long homework sections after every lesson in the book, which force you to practice on all 3 sections. The explanations are wonderful, too -- they have video explanations of ever single logic game every released [I think] -- here's their explanation of the infamous PT 57 Dino game on YouTube for free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YttKYUmMPsg

Again -- I don't work for Blueprint, I just took their online course and really liked it.

The only negative thing I really have to say about them and their course is that the "Supplemental workbook" is impossible to use -- because the book is so large and tightly bound, it keeps closing on you as you try to work, so you have to hold it open with one hand and write with the other. Therefore, I'd recommend photocopying the tests out of there and probably buying the "Real 10 LSAT Tests" book or whatever that's called.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby charlesxavier » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:54 pm

It isn't really a movie at all. It is a video course. They make it entertaining (and off color at times) enough to make it easy to work through. They are redoing their curriculum, but I received 5 or 6 books in the mail. All together the books contain 16 lessons and a lot of practice tests. After you take your practice tests you transfer your answers from your answer sheet to an online form and they show you your weak areas. Each lesson is about 2 hours long and then there are real LSAT questions for practice as homework after every lesson. If you have trouble with any of the questions on the homework there is a section online that provides a detailed explanation on the specific questions. They show you what your RC markups should look like and there are videos explaining most LG homework questions. You don't have to do a whole lesson at one time, either. All the lessons are divided up into subcategories based on what they cover and they are all high quality streams. It definitely works if you want to work at your own pace.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby charlesxavier » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:57 pm

dynomite wrote:
christinalsat wrote:It's not really a movie is it? I thought it was more like an extended pre-filmed online course. Also, do they offer an support outside of the movie? Does it come with coursebooks?


Right, not a movie -- it's something like 16 lessons, each of which is broken up into about 6 to 8 videos about 20 minutes in length. They ship you a box with (5?) coursebooks and a supplemental "workbook." As you watch the videos, you follow along in the coursebooks -- at various points they say things like "Pause this video now and do problem #3, then come back to me" or some such. The coursebooks also have a lot of those drills that you'd find in the Powerscore Bibles.

There are also long homework sections after every lesson in the book, which force you to practice on all 3 sections. The explanations are wonderful, too -- they have video explanations of ever single logic game every released [I think] -- here's their explanation of the infamous PT 57 Dino game on YouTube for free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YttKYUmMPsg

Again -- I don't work for Blueprint, I just took their online course and really liked it.

The only negative thing I really have to say about them and their course is that the "Supplemental workbook" is impossible to use -- because the book is so large and tightly bound, it keeps closing on you as you try to work, so you have to hold it open with one hand and write with the other. Therefore, I'd recommend photocopying the tests out of there and probably buying the "Real 10 LSAT Tests" book or whatever that's called.


I had that same problem with their practice tests. Every time I took a practice test out of the supplemental book I had to hold the page open and I felt that it was a distraction. When I started taking the recent PrepTests from LSAC the thin books that stayed open were so nice.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby gwk » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:14 pm

charlesxavier wrote:
Jimjones wrote:Hi, been studying for about 1.5 months with the PS bibles. Practice testing low to mid 150's. Need to break into the 160's.

Is the Blueprint Movie course worth the $800? Is it the best option out there? If I could bring my score up 5+ points it would be worth it to me. Need an online program.

Thank you


I had a 154 diagnostic and through blueprint: the movie my preptest average went up to a 167. But, once I get my actual LSAT score I will let you know (that's all that matters). I do know that they just came out with new curriculum, so I don't know how different that is from what I used. What sections are you having trouble with?


When did the new Curriculum come out? I have been waiting to take blueprint the movie until the new material came out. For the past several years they release new curriculum in the spring, I didn't realize this year's was out and available.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby Jimjones » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:04 pm

I don't think it's out yet. I have tried to buy it online and over the phone. They are still working on it. I hope there is not much of a delay. I want to get moving on this. Got a solid 10 pts to gain!

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby charlesxavier » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:14 pm

gwk wrote:
charlesxavier wrote:
Jimjones wrote:Hi, been studying for about 1.5 months with the PS bibles. Practice testing low to mid 150's. Need to break into the 160's.

Is the Blueprint Movie course worth the $800? Is it the best option out there? If I could bring my score up 5+ points it would be worth it to me. Need an online program.

Thank you


I had a 154 diagnostic and through blueprint: the movie my preptest average went up to a 167. But, once I get my actual LSAT score I will let you know (that's all that matters). I do know that they just came out with new curriculum, so I don't know how different that is from what I used. What sections are you having trouble with?


When did the new Curriculum come out? I have been waiting to take blueprint the movie until the new material came out. For the past several years they release new curriculum in the spring, I didn't realize this year's was out and available.


It is not out yet (but I am certain that their new curriculum will be released for those planning to study for the June LSAT). I don't even think you can enroll in the movie course until their new curriculum is out. If you look at the movie enrollment page on their website you can see that enrollment is currently unavailable. I just know that they are currently in the process of transitioning. Their site says early February, but their facebook said "you can sign up likely beginning in March (once we have finished our new edition of our text books)".

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby lawschoolhopeful123 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:32 pm

For someone who has prepped with Kaplan already, is it worth it to take the Blueprint movie course? Would it be much help?

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby Jimjones » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:35 pm

Early March maybe? Yikes

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby dynomite » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:44 pm

lawschoolhopeful123 wrote:For someone who has prepped with Kaplan already, is it worth it to take the Blueprint movie course? Would it be much help?


Depends, but I'd lean toward yes. Knowing Kaplan's methods and general atmosphere in classes, I think Blueprint is all around much better.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby Jimjones » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:47 pm

Get your course out already Dynomite!

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby gwk » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:17 pm

The movie course is available as of a couple days ago, just signed up yesterday.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby basicgrey7 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:36 pm

Do they use a lot of powerscore like techniques?

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby gwk » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:26 am

thats what i will find out. from what i have read, primarily on this site is that they are very similar. I just finished the bibles and am awaiting the blueprint materials in the mail to take the movie course.

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby basicgrey7 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:30 am

Are you taking the june??

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Re: Blueprint The Movie - Any good?

Postby gwk » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:10 pm

no was planning on taking the course twice, looks like bigger score increases occur after taking the course twice focusing on trouble spots the second go around.




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