barrons vs princeton review

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barrons vs princeton review

Postby northwood » Wed May 19, 2010 11:00 pm

I have been taking both the Barons and Princeton Review practice tests. ( i borrowed a friends barons prep book to use until tomorrow when I can go to the store and purchase more practice tests). When i took a practice Logical Reasoning ( atguments) section in the princeton review, i got a -8. In the barons one, i got a -1. Does the barons practice book use inadequate tests, or does the princeton review book have adequate tests, or more difficult problems. ( I have typically scored a -5 to -9 on practice). Which book is better to use?

I would like to think I am progressing better, but I do not want to become overconfident.....

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Re: barrons vs princeton review

Postby the lantern » Wed May 19, 2010 11:06 pm

Having no experience with either book, I can offer the knowledge that one will score higher or lower (sometimes wildly so) from test to test, but I would recommend that you make sure you are using the REAL LSATs. You can buy them in books of 10 each (and individually) directly from the people who make the test.

It should say in your book somewhere that "these are questions from various real LSATs" or something like that (or else it may tell you that they made up these questions).

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Re: barrons vs princeton review

Postby quasi-stellar » Wed May 19, 2010 11:07 pm

Just forget these books for your own good.
Get real practice exams by LSAC.

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Re: barrons vs princeton review

Postby Bildungsroman » Wed May 19, 2010 11:09 pm

quasi-stellar wrote:Just forget these books for your own good.
Get real practice exams by LSAC.



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Re: barrons vs princeton review

Postby tomwatts » Wed May 19, 2010 11:26 pm

Full disclosure: I teach for Princeton Review.

I don't know Barron's LSAT book, but they're notorious for making their stuff significantly too easy. Our questions are at least spiraled off of real tests (so they resemble real questions). As far as I can tell, Barron's has stuff that's just out of someone's head.

But you want to be practicing on real questions, not fake ones. The ones in our book are just examples to illustrate techniques (and the techniques are good and are worth reading carefully). Get an LSAC book for real practice.

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