Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

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iMisto
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Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby iMisto » Tue May 10, 2011 5:58 pm

Seeking advice regarding which FULL-LENGTH course to take.

I'm retaking the LSAT in Oct. and looking for the best possible course to take. From what I've read on the forums, these two seem to be well respected options. I definitely enjoy a structured setting, but would love additional advice on outside/independent study if you guys would like to share.

PowerScore's full-length course would run Aug. 3 - Sept. 28.
TestMasters full-length course would run Jul. 18 - Sept. 28.

Which do you guys prefer? (Mind you, I'm open to ordering books from either one and prepping before the course starts)

Thanks for the time and consideration, guys!

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby iMisto » Tue May 10, 2011 6:51 pm

I looked at that... and it is precisely why I've decided to choose between these two options.

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby Ocean64 » Tue May 10, 2011 11:35 pm

Take powerscore. Testmasters' books are very lacking in instructions, and confusing at times. you are fully dependent on the instructor if you take TM. you can see how powerscore teach by looking at their bibles. good luck!

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby iMisto » Thu May 12, 2011 1:18 am

Could I get the powerscore bibles and workbooks now and take the TM class this summer into the fall?

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby gaud » Thu May 12, 2011 2:35 am

iMisto wrote:Could I get the powerscore bibles and workbooks now and take the TM class this summer into the fall?



Essentially you could, LG is pretty similar between the two. TM has more 'question types' in LR but it is fairly easy to combine your understanding from PS to TM because the only difference between the 'types' is that TM has the rarer questions set into categories (which contain sometimes only 4 questions from past tests or so)

RC is a little better in TM but that's more or less from the classroom having 'more time' to teach you and that you can potentially ask questions.

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby iMisto » Thu May 12, 2011 11:55 am

Thank you! I will snag the PowerBook bibles and workbooks asap, and also take TM July-September.

:)

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu May 12, 2011 12:35 pm

PowerScore. Although TestMasters can be effective, several have complained that their scores did not improve by much. PowerScore offers a system; TestMasters primarily works you to exhaustion.

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby suspicious android » Thu May 12, 2011 12:58 pm

I took _______ (TM/PS/BP/PR/Kaplan) and had a(n) ________ (okay/good/excellent/bad/terrible) experience, so would _________ (recommend/warn against) ___________ (TM/PS/BP/PR/Kaplan).

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby bhan87 » Thu May 12, 2011 12:59 pm

Visit both classes and evaluate the INDIVIDUAL TEACHER. Other differences are negligible, but the instructor can easily make or break the course.


Also, have you considered Blueprint?

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby rhcp47 » Thu May 12, 2011 3:37 pm

iMisto wrote:Thank you! I will snag the PowerBook bibles and workbooks asap, and also take TM July-September.

:)


This. I'm also taking a TM course from 7/18 - 9/28 because it's the only one that fit into my schedule, but I'm going through the PS bibles until then.

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby iMisto » Mon May 16, 2011 4:52 pm

Alright. Need some last minute advice before I make my purchase on Amazon.

At the moment, I have the following in my 'cart':

PowerScore LRB
PowerScore LGB
10 More Actual, Official LSAT PTs
The Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT PTs
The Official LSAT SuperPrep
10 Actual, Official Recent LSAT PTs, 41-50

Will these suffice (I am also taking the TM's full-length course)? I'm basically following Pithypike's study schedule. Should I scrap some of these for the PowerScore workbooks? Please help me make a sound decision before my purchase!

I truly appreciate all the help. :)

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby suspicious android » Mon May 16, 2011 4:56 pm

i don't know that I see the point of taking a full length course AND all that stuff. You'll get a copy of every question every published with TM or just about any other course, so no need to buy a second copy of those tests.

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby iMisto » Mon May 16, 2011 5:01 pm

suspicious android wrote:i don't know that I see the point of taking a full length course AND all that stuff. You'll get a copy of every question every published with TM or just about any other course, so no need to buy a second copy of those tests.


Ok. Would you recommend lightening the load then? I really don't want to depend on the course alone - would rather prep in addition to it.

Maybe snag the bibles, their workbooks, and a single set of tests? In which case, I'd need to know which tests I should really count on...

I'm looking for a thorough response, please.

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Re: Advice: PowerScore vs TestMasters

Postby bp shinners » Tue May 17, 2011 3:10 pm

The Official LSAT SuperPrep is still worth picking up, even if you're in a course. That book's invaluable.




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