Barron's Book.

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Barron's Book.

Postby Beet » Tue May 25, 2010 10:42 pm

I took the LSAT in October 2008 and used the Barron's LSAT Prep book from the bookstore. In my opinion it is the best overall book out there, or at least at the Barnes & Nobles (so it seems). However, I am now thinking of taking the LSAT again (I got a 170 the first time, but my GPA is horrid, so I really need to max this out, and I kind of crammed last time, so there is a chance I could get higher).

My question is- should I use the Barron's book again? A new edition has been published (13th) but how many of the questions have actually changed? If the questions are the same, then I may be subconsciously remembering the answers from two years ago, without even realizing it, and that might be inflating my scores. I don't have the old copy right now. Does anyone know the answer to the question?

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Re: Barron's Book.

Postby LSAT Blog » Thu May 27, 2010 10:03 pm

How many LSAT books have you looked at?

The 13th edition of the Barron's book is a repackaging of the same book they've been publishing since 1979. They've made fewer modifications than you'd expect. Keep in mind that the LSAT got its current groove (format) in June 1991. Calling the Barron's LSAT book outdated would be an understatement.

To top it all off, the book consists primarily of poorly-written fake LSAT questions.

To answer your questions:

No, you shouldn't use the Barron's book again.
Yes, the questions are the same as in the previous edition (and the one before that, and the one before that, and so on).

If you're interested in more about why I'm not a fan of the Barron's book, check out a recent review of it that I did on my blog.

You didn't mention when you're taking the LSAT, but I'd recommend checking out the Logic Games Bible and Logical Reasoning Bible.


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Re: Barron's Book.

Postby autarkh » Thu May 27, 2010 10:07 pm

Get the Powerscore bibles and a dozen or more official practice tests.


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Re: Barron's Book.

Postby shan » Fri May 28, 2010 5:40 pm

yea, definitely get the powerscore bibles. and the official prep test series.

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Re: Barron's Book.

Postby catharsis » Fri May 28, 2010 5:51 pm

autarkh wrote:Get the Powerscore bibles and a dozen or more official practice tests.

THIS. /thread.

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