Preptests

ltf11
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Preptests

Postby ltf11 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:45 pm

This may be a dumb question but I am having trouble finding an answer anywhere on the net, so I'll post it here hoping I can get some info. Trying to figure out an LSAT study plan and I've been told preptests are the way to go, but I am a little confused on how to get a hold of them.

I've been referring to this thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=396 in which preptests are mentioned repeatedly. But I don't understand whether the tests people are using are the individually numbered preptests (47, 52, etc. priced at about $8 a piece) or the tests in the "10 Actual, Official" books. Are these the same exact tests, or similar? Can someone point me in the right direction for getting my hands on some good preptests?

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Re: Preptests

Postby GoBroncos22! » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:54 pm

ya the prep tests are just the previously administered tests. The ones in the "10 actual..." book are just a collection of them. Amazon.com is probably your best bet for tests

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Re: Preptests

Postby abbas123 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:56 pm

i didnt know either when i started out, haha. it's ok.

they're similar, but not the same.

the books of 10 preptests contain older exams. each exam in those books are also numbered, just with lower numbers.

the individual ones start at 39 and are not sold in a book of 10. they only have numbers.

you can get the individual ones on amazon 4 for the price of 3 and free shipping.

the books of 10 are about $20 on amazon.

the next 10 actual official lsat preptests contains 29 thru 38, so you pay $20 and get a bunch of pretty recent exams. not a bad deal.

http://www.amazon.com/Next-Actual-Offic ... 0979305055

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Re: Preptests

Postby sumus romani » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:59 pm

Just to fill out the previous answer a bit: There are *three* collections of 10 actual tests available (they do not start at test #1, but rather #7 or so). After around #40 or so, the tests are only available on an individual basis. I recall having to search a bit for tests 39-41 (or numbers similar to that). The good news is that while all tests going back to #1 are not readily available, there are enough old tests for extensive preparation. Good luck in your test prep.

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Re: Preptests

Postby ltf11 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:18 pm

Thanks for the info! Is there a benefit to taking the more recent preptests? Say, 50s as opposed to 30s? If I understand correctly, the 50s are not in the 10 Actual Official books yet, so it will be a bit more expensive. But if it will make a significant difference, I would not mind paying more for the individual tests...

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Re: Preptests

Postby abbas123 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:23 pm

you should do as much as you can from 30s to 50s. the 50s alone prob wouldnt be enough to get your max possible score.

but yes, you should do the 50s. there have been some changes in the 50s, like the comparative reading comp passages

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Re: Preptests

Postby sumus romani » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:27 pm

ltf11 wrote:Thanks for the info! Is there a benefit to taking the more recent preptests? Say, 50s as opposed to 30s? If I understand correctly, the 50s are not in the 10 Actual Official books yet, so it will be a bit more expensive. But if it will make a significant difference, I would not mind paying more for the individual tests...



Here is one bit of advice. Figure out how many testpreps you have time to take before the real deal, then start at the oldest from that list of tests, working your way to the most recent. For example, if you only can take 30 testpreps, start with test #30 or so, moving to test #60. You'll have to figure out the actual numbers yourself. There are certainly other ways to prepare for the LSAT, but this is a pretty good one.

If you have some older tests left over in a book that you don't have time to take, break them up into sections and use them as the 5th section inserted at random (to simulate the actual test to some extent).

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Re: Preptests

Postby KevinP » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:49 pm

Just to be more explicit:

10 Actual Official PrepTests contains: (Feb. 1993 - Sept. 1995)
PT 7, PT 9 , PT 10, PT 11, PT 12, PT 13, PT 14, PT 15, PT 16, PT 18

10 More Actual Official PrepTests contains: (June 1996 - June 1999)
PT 19, PT 20, PT 21, PT 22, PT 23, PT 24, PT 25, PT 26, PT 27, PT 28 (Basically, 19-28)

Next 10 Actual Official PrepTests contains: (Oct. 1999 - Oct. 2002)
PT 29, PT 30, PT 31, PT 32, PT 33, PT 34, PT 35, PT 36, PT 37, PT 38 (Basically, 29-38)

I also have PT 39-57 (Dec. 2002 - June 2009).

I second what sumus romani said about giving preference to the newer tests by starting with the oldest possible in order to still be able to complete the newest one.




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