patfeeney wrote:Not at the actual LSAT, but I took a Kaplan-proctored PT at my school at the end of January. At the end of the test, a senior who was preparing for the Feb. test and I started talking and exchanging scores. The senior had a 162, and I had a 160. We started talking about our study habits and what we did to prepare.
This kid had taken two full-length Kaplan courses at over $2000. The second one was a retake of the first - apparently you get a refund/retake the course if you're dissatisfied. He said he failed to increase his score more than four points over the two courses.
I overheard him talking to the proctor, a Kaplan instructor, after the test. He told her that he didn't study outside of the classes and he thought the classes should have adequately prepared him for the exam.
Another person at my school who was preparing for a retake told me they didn't buy any preptests. They instead used Kaplan's free online tests. Their words exactly were, "The free tests are so awesome because then you can pause them and take breaks and finish them later. I started one yesterday and I'm going to go to work and finish it later." They were PT'ing at the time around the mid-140s.
Just a side note - not blasting Kaplan at all. Their people are nice and resourceful, and their free events are a real help. Unfortunately, they are also the only test prep company in my area and therefore will necessarily be somehow involved in many peoples' negative test-prep situations.
It's weird how both people I've talked to who took Kaplan courses had never heard of the term "preptest" or "practice test". After I explained, both said they had taken maybe four, total. Yikes.