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 Post subject: LSAT Prep Test Course questions, and GI Bill question.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:34 am 
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Hey everyone how's it going?

Two quick questions. Just started seriously studying on a daily basis for the Oct 1 LSAT. I have read the Power Score trilogy, but did not start self testing until about a week and a half ago. With 4 self tests I have repeatedly scored in the mid 150's, with Logic Games sections being my weakness. I intend to raise this score substantially over the next six weeks, and have decided to take a prep course, so...

1) What feedback do any of you have on the "Kaplan LSAT Advantage" (or really any Kaplan course in general). It runs throughout August, up until Sept 29th, leaving me 2 days off before the test.

2) To all of you veterans out there (I have seen many of you on here), were you able to get these prep courses covered through the GI Bill? I have received conflicting answers from the VA and Kaplan (Kaplan told me they do not accept GI Bill for prep test courses). I do know the GI Bill grants us reimbursement for taking the actual LSAT test, but I would obviously like to get one of these thousand dollar courses covered if it is at all possible.

Thanks in advance, Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: LSAT Prep Test Course questions, and GI Bill question.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:43 am 
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I'm going to be zero help on the GI side of things, but a few thoughts:
Kaplan is not your best course option. You might be limited by what's in your area, but look around for powerscore, manhattan, blueprint. Also, if you're really set on a course, have a look here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=151670.
I would also say that simply taking tests without learning from them or between the times you're taking them is a really rough way to improve your score. It just wont happen at a certain point and it's a pretty infamous way to stall out. Instead, get yourself a bunch of LG and LR sorted by game/question type, as well as some RC sections/passages. For LR and LG you can do one type at a time and refer back to the chapter of the PS bibles that you're working on. We often call this "drilling" and I can tell you from experience and a variety of other individuals' stories that it works infinitely better than just taking tests back to back. When you do take them, be sure to thoroughly review every wrong answer. If it was in LG or RC, redo the whole game/passage too. This is the minimum for test review I'd say...and a lot of people review the entire test, whether they got the question right or wrong.
If the course thing doesn't work out, it's very possible to create a self study plan and have it work as well/better than a course. Have a look at the Pithypike topic that's at the top of this forum if you need help there.

Sorry I can't address the second part, but I hope this helps some :)


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 Post subject: Re: LSAT Prep Test Course questions, and GI Bill question.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:49 am 
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Very helpful, good stuff. I appreciate it. I have been going through and reviewing incorrect answers between tests, but I have not been very good at rereading the Power Score Books.


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 Post subject: Re: LSAT Prep Test Course questions, and GI Bill question.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:55 am 
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Ec84 wrote:
Hey everyone how's it going?

Two quick questions. Just started seriously studying on a daily basis for the Oct 1 LSAT. I have read the Power Score trilogy, but did not start self testing until about a week and a half ago. With 4 self tests I have repeatedly scored in the mid 150's, with Logic Games sections being my weakness. I intend to raise this score substantially over the next six weeks, and have decided to take a prep course, so...

1) What feedback do any of you have on the "Kaplan LSAT Advantage" (or really any Kaplan course in general). It runs throughout August, up until Sept 29th, leaving me 2 days off before the test.

2) To all of you veterans out there (I have seen many of you on here), were you able to get these prep courses covered through the GI Bill? I have received conflicting answers from the VA and Kaplan (Kaplan told me they do not accept GI Bill for prep test courses). I do know the GI Bill grants us reimbursement for taking the actual LSAT test, but I would obviously like to get one of these thousand dollar courses covered if it is at all possible.

Thanks in advance, Cheers.


1) I find most on the TLS site find Kaplan ineffective. The Mastery Prep book was worthwhile for sheer practice.
I went through a Powerscore course myself but found most success from self prep, tweaking off of the recommended plan on this site (pithypike).
2) I ran into the same issue:
a few months ago, I spoke with a VA rep over the phone to inquire myself. While he was not too up to speed on it, he basically told my GI Bill can cover the actual cost of the LSAT if you like but not a test prep course from a private company--
the reason being that it's not a continuing education course/degree or a professional certification. This is what I was told then but it may now include it.
Congress just passed some new rules with the new wave of Post 9/11 changes.


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 Post subject: Re: LSAT Prep Test Course questions, and GI Bill question.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:35 pm 
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Ec84 wrote:
Hey everyone how's it going?

Two quick questions. Just started seriously studying on a daily basis for the Oct 1 LSAT. I have read the Power Score trilogy, but did not start self testing until about a week and a half ago. With 4 self tests I have repeatedly scored in the mid 150's, with Logic Games sections being my weakness. I intend to raise this score substantially over the next six weeks, and have decided to take a prep course, so...

1) What feedback do any of you have on the "Kaplan LSAT Advantage" (or really any Kaplan course in general). It runs throughout August, up until Sept 29th, leaving me 2 days off before the test.

2) To all of you veterans out there (I have seen many of you on here), were you able to get these prep courses covered through the GI Bill? I have received conflicting answers from the VA and Kaplan (Kaplan told me they do not accept GI Bill for prep test courses). I do know the GI Bill grants us reimbursement for taking the actual LSAT test, but I would obviously like to get one of these thousand dollar courses covered if it is at all possible.

Thanks in advance, Cheers.

I wouldn't usually mention discounts/pricing on this forum, but we've always been psyched to help folks in the armed services and vets, and have discounted things heavily for them. pm me. I don't think the GI bill covers it though, so I'm afraid you'd have to end up paying something - or try a less expensive self-study program.


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