The book contains highly helpful techniques complete with Premium Portal extras online to crack the test. Those include tried and tested strategies and common error analysis that will let you avoid the test traps as well as smart solution tactics and essay tips.
The cover quality is of somewhat poor quality.
This study book is deservedly one of the best LSAT Prep books out there. Apart from three full real tests, it contains tons of instructional material with step-by-step examples on logical questions as well as thought-out strategies on all sections. In other words, it has everything you need to get the highest score.
3 real LSAT prep tests, Targeted strategies for each test section, Premium portal extras online
Princeton Review, 28th Edition (December 17, 2019)
This LSAT guide provides detailed overviews on all test sections including logic games, reading comprehension, and even an essay. Besides, it contains expert recommendations and helpful strategies on how to complete each section in a maximum quick and efficient manner.
Some wordings and explanations are not clear enough.
This book from Princeton Review is a real find for those who seek expert support on all test sections. It is a maximum full guide focused on practice. As such, it contains numerous practical exercises and logical drills aimed at deep data analysis and providing insights into major test principles.
3 real LSAT prep tests, Targeted strategies for each test section, Premium portal extras online
Princeton Review, Premium Edition (November 21, 2017)
The book is written in a simple and comprehensible style that will be easy to grasp both for a newbie and for an experienced student or even teacher. And free access to various assistants, organizers, and schedules to give you some prompts and help you arrange your study process.
The book might seem a bit wordy at times.
The LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim is a real find for hard-working and self-motivated students drastically seeking to pass the test. Created by an experienced LSAT prep products developer, it tackles the major test challenges and is stuffed with exercises and unique drills to help students improve their skills and enhance their knowledge as well as strengthen their confidence.
Over 200 official LSAT questions and real-time solutions, Simple and battle-tested strategies for Logical Reasoning questions, Reading Comprehension questions, and Logic Games, Over 30 original and unique drills, Access to a variety of free study schedules, Notebook organizers
Artisanal Publishing, 2nd Edition (April 2, 2017)
Taking an in-depth look into all aspects of one of the hardest LSAT sections, the book will help greatly increase your reading comprehension score. All of the tasks are based on real-world legal cases and supported by expert strategies and solutions.
The book language is pretty dry and boring, though useful.
The Reading Comprehension prep guide is an essential thought-out study tool that will confidently push you to a higher score. Compiled by the leading test prep provider, Manhattan Pep, the book will teach you how to properly approach a legal text and quickly get to the gist, without wondering around the edges. As a result, you'll be able to give quick and clear answers.
11 chapters with drills and full practice sets, Further practice sets and other additional resources are included online
Manhattan Prep Publishing, Fourth Edition (March 25, 2014)
Written in clear and simple language, the book contains just the basics you need and is free from any buzzwords, specific jargon, and confusing cases. Besides, you'll get an opportunity to contact the book author, Nathan Fox, and ask him any questions you want.
Slightly vulgar and specific language.
Created by a successful LSAT trainee and law school student, this textbook is hands down the best starter guides that will make your LSAT journey easy. In a brief and clear manner, the author explains the main test principles and outlines the major strategies and approaches to let you crack the test without stress.
Introducing readers to the LSAT, Logical reasoning question types, Analytical reasoning (logic games), Reading comprehension
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 25, 2012)
The Princeton Review 28th Edition
The Book Has It All
Bet big on the highest LSAT test score? If so, a good prep guide is an absolute must for you and you definitely need one of the best books available. Is it what you need? Then consider the LSAT Prep Premium book from the Princeton Review.
This book is the latest edition published in 2019 which reflects all of the recent test changes that were introduced during that year. People behind it know how challenging switching from paper-and-pencil format to digital one for students can be and that there's no option to cancel scores, that's why they aim to provide the most complete overview of each and every LSAT test section highlighting the major points of attention and giving detailed explanations.
To let you try your hand at the real test, authors of the book give access to three full previously administered official LSAT tests, including all of their sections. So, you’ll have an opportunity to check whether you meet the set time frames and what sections are the hardest for you to crack. More than that, all test questions are accompanied by detailed explanations to reveal test paradigm and help you better understand the general approach you need to work out for various sections.
To train your brain and further hone your test-taking skills, the guide contains 100 additional LSAT questions from different fields. Practice drills are never enough and you’ll get yet another chance to practice in arguments, logic games, and reading comprehension.
... and a Bit More
Thoroughly covering all LSAT sections and perfectly breaking down the test, this prep guide also delivers expert support to help you not only understand the test but also be able to handle it in the most efficient way. Thus, you’ll get examples of real LSAT problems sliced and diced and followed by detailed instructions. Other than that, you’ll learn how to avoid the most common test traps and mistakes.
To add more, highly helpful techniques you’ll find in the book are further completed with Premium Portal Extras. In particular, these are free strategy sessions with experienced LSAT instructors that will share their knowledge, reveal some tried-and-tested exam strategies, and help you work out proper tactics to ace the test. By walking you through error analysis, they will teach you how to rub each test section the right way and quickly spot correct answers. And smart essay tips will help you do your best in writing. Besides, you can take a look at law school profiles and admission guides to set the right goals.
To put it simply, this LSAT Prep book from the Princeton Review is deservedly one of the best latest prep materials available. It touches on all the materials you’ll come across on the LSAT and has everything you need to get the highest test score.
The Princeton Review 27th Edition
If you are really serious about your intentions to enter the law school and put your best efforts to get the best LSAT scores for the application, the Cracking the LSAT Premium prep guide by the Princeton Review is for you.
What makes this study book stand out straight away is that it is created by true experts with extensive expertise behind their backs. Operating since 1981, the Princeton Review has helped millions of students to pass a whole variety of standardized tests including the LSAT. Having analyzed thousands of common students' mistakes and tracked the test traps they got into, in the Princeton Review, they know everything about the tricks and gimmicks of this test and how they have changed over the years. They worked out numerous study materials and know for sure how to help you crack it from the first time.
Each LSAT section is meant to assess some of the specific skills you need to become a successful lawyer or attorney. The book will cover them all including even the writing session many other prep guides skip and provide valuable expert advice and recommendations as well and specific strategies on how to tackle each section in the most efficient way. More than that, you’ll get smart hints on how to “sidestep” the test traps and avoid mistakes that can bring your score down.
Focused on Practice
No matter how good you are in strategic approaches and test techniques, in the LSAT, they won’t work without diligent practical studies. And the Cracking the LSAT Premium excels in this aspect as well. On 432 pages, the book offers tons of practical exercises. You’ll have three recent full-length LSAT tests to pass, all legally sourced from the Law School Admissions Council. While you’ll get a chance to dive into the test atmosphere, answer real test questions, and check your timings, you will also receive detailed explanations of each question and will be able to analyze your work. In addition, since all tests are available online, you can even track a personalized score report on each of them to see how you succeed and what areas still need more of your attention and practice.
To further enhance your practical skill, the book contains 100 additional real LSAT questions from different test sections. Not only will they help you get even deeper into LSAT ins and outs but also you’ll have an opportunity to double-check your progress and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
In a word, the Cracking the LSAT Premium by the Princeton Reviews is an excellent prep guide that gives due regard to practical tasks and to building up test cracking strategies alike. As such, it is great both for beginners and for those who are not new to the LSAT preparation.
Mike Kim The LSAT Trainer:
Ace the LSAT Race on Your Own
Among a number of ways to get prepared for the LSAT exam, including private tutors, specialized courses, and prep books, the latter is hands down the most affordable one. The only thing you need in this case, apart from a solid decision to become a law student, is a strong motivation and self-discipline. So, if your ambitions fly as high as you diligence, the LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim will become your best helper in your exam prep race.
The book is written by Mike Kim, who has spent years working on LSAT prep products and training instructors as well as working with LSAT students. As a result, not only does he understand the whole architecture that stands behind standardized test and exams but also he knows the most common challenges students face and errors they make while passing the test. Supported by extensive knowledge and experience, it’s no wonder he has developed a self-study guide that is considered one of the best LSAT prep books.
The LSAT rather tests your ability to think than your subject knowledge and MIke Kim builds on this principle. The study guide is actually a workbook that will teach you to think and develop your problem-solving skills instead of just understanding the LSAT. On almost 600 pages, it packs hundreds of real LSAT questions with solutions, unique drills to grow your LSAT-specific skills, and simple yet smart strategies for all sorts of LSAT questions including Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Logic Games.
To help you get the best of study efforts and optimize your prep time, you’ll also get free access to readiness checklists, study schedules, notebook organizers, and additional diagrams as well as a whole bunch of videos and articles on LSAT.
Sneak Peek Before Buying
Choosing proper LSAT study materials is not less of a hassle than getting prepared for the test. Something that works great for the others might fail for you. Mostly it is due to varying approaches and writing styles chosen by different authors. Yet, you’ll never find out until you try. And with Mike Kim’s prep book for self-study, you’ll have a chance to try before you buy. On the LSAT trainer website, you can take a look at eight book sections for free to see if this guide suits you.
What you’ll notice at a glance is that this book is clearly structured while covering a whole lot of material. And though it sounds wordy at times, it is still laid in a very simple style. Since each text section is reviewed independently, you can skip the one you feel confident about and proceed to the other. Besides, the author offers great tips, intuitive strategies, and smart models that you won’t find in other prep books and that appear much easier to grasp and more efficient for many students.
Cutting to the chase, if you are insistent and hard-working enough to study on your own, you will surely benefit from this extensive study guide by Mike Kim and have all chances to considerably improve your test score.
Manhattan Prep Publishing LSAT Reading Comprehension
A Smart Approach to Reading
With reading comprehension worth only 27% of a final test score, this section is often disregarded by many students or not given due attention. Since it strongly reminds the reading sections from other standardized tests, it might seem an easy one and you might think you know how to tackle it. In practice, however, it often appears a tough nut to crack, mostly because of a wrong approach. So, whether you’ve already tried the test and found out that reading is not your strong point or are just preparing for your first attempt, this LSAT Readin Comprehension guide from Manhattan Prep is a good prep book to have at hand.
Legal reading is different. Here, answering questions is not about your subject-area knowledge but it is about your ability to look beneath the surface and discern the main aspect the whole passage is built around. With that in mind, the Manhattan Prep reading guide will teach and train you on how to approach a legal text. And the core principle they use is that there is a kind of general scheme or framework that will help you crack and tackle any text irrespective of the subject matter, a valuable skill for any law specialist.
By studying how to recognize the main argument and identify the passage framework, you’ll be able to read quicker and with purpose. To maximize your read and help you get to the point, the guide also contains detailed instructions on making annotations, taking notes, and summarizing. Besides, it overviews the major types of LSAT questions to help you promptly find correct answers and spot out problems.
Based on Real-world Cases
Just like any other guide from this reputed test prep provider, the Reading Comprehension guide doesn’t mimic LSAT questions but contains the real ones from previous tests. Besides, the question bank is compiled in a way to give you an in-depth look into all question types, help you develop the assessment skill, and quickly spot the necessary issue. And you can rest assured that on 288 pages, you’ll get a lot of those question-and-answer drills.
Another benefit of the Manhattan Prep reading guide is that all practical tasks are not some kind of imaginary situations but real-world legal applications, which is essential for you to see the real pieces you’d have to work on as an attorney. In addition, those cases will be accompanied by numerous expert solutions to help you hone your analyzing skills and find the right answers in a swift manner.
All in all, being a part of the Manhattan Prep LSAT test prep system, this book is one of the most comprehensive and detailed reading guides that will never go amiss, whether you stick to this prep system or not. By leveling up your analytical reading skill, it will help you cut down your test times and accurately target the right answers to push your test score up.
Nathan Fox Introducing the LSAT
Give Yourself the Right Start
Just the thought of tiptoeing into LSAT makes you break out into a cold sweat and your heart sink? Think you have no power over your test scores and feel so unconfident that you are not sure if it’s worth even trying? If so, the Introducing the LSAT guide by Nathan Fox will change your LSAT game once and for all.
Putting the things right, this pretty short and simple book is not an all-in-one comprehensive study guide that will train you on the LSAT. It is rather a kind of primer that will make a proper introduction to this test so that you can take the right start and approach it in the right way from the very beginning. In other words, it will hardly be your one and only LSAT prep book, yet, it undoubtedly should be your first one to read, especially if you are just making your first steps towards test preparation.
The thing you can’t but admire about this guide is that it is laid down in a straightforward manner and is not overloaded with data and information. Strongly focused on giving students a solid helping hand, the book is written in clear language and casual style. It contains no fancy buzzwords, specific jargon, and confusing legal cases that might be misleading for beginners. When reading it, you will feel as if talking among friends. And while some might find the book language slightly vulgar, overall, it keeps up with the student’s chat and is very easy to perceive.
Though a quick read on less than 100 pages, the book provides a fast yet comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about the test. It will address each test section and even provide examples of the questions you are going to come across so that you could have a general idea of what you are going to get involved in.
Maintained by Personal Support
To have a better understanding of the book before you open the first page, you need to know that it is written by a person strongly dedicated to helping LSAT students in their endeavors. And as someone who has experienced the entire process from the test preparation stage to actually passing the test to attending the law school, Nathan Fox is certain that knowing test fundamentals from within and having the right mindset are not less important than practice. With that in mind, he created his own test preparation system including both a whole series of his study books and a signature LSAT course.
Thus, apart from overviewing test basics, the Introducing the LSAT guide also encourages future law students and fills them with confidence. The author successfully dissipates the myth that the LSAT test is extremely hard and reveals secrets on how to make it easy, without diminishing the value of the diligent practice.
More than that, unlike with other LSAT prep courses, the author is also a tutor. Not only does he teach classes but also he provides personal support and help to all of his students who are eager to get it. You can easily ask him any questions via email and a direct phone call.
Summing up, the Introducing the LSAT guide by Nathan Fox is a must-read for all LSAT newbies or those who are not sure if they’ve chosen the right path. Looking into the basics, this book will help you make the right start and find your individual approach to LSAT that will work for you.
What Is an LSAT Prep Book?
If you choose a law career and plan to dive into the struggles of legal issues and battles, you’ll have to pass the LSAT test first. LSAT test or Law School Admission Test is a special exam aimed at checking your logical and analytical skills as well as critical thinking, all crucial for any legal job. Overall, it consists of five sections and will take you 210 minutes to pass. Though it might seem quite a lot of time, given that each section includes about 25 questions on average, you’ll need to be quick and prompt.
The sections you’ll have to cover are logical reasoning, logic games, reading comprehension, experimental part, and an essay. With a maximum average score of 180, 50% will belong to logical reasoning and the rest is dived between logic games and reading section. The experimental section is a kind of test inside a test where the test makers evaluate new questions and test forms. Notably, you will not know which of the test sections is an experimental one until you get the final scores. The writing section is not scored as well, yet, it will be sent to a law school you are going to apply to let them estimate your argumentative writing.
To display the best of your skills and win that logical chase from the first attempt, you need not only to study a lot but also know all the ins and outs of the test. To get thoroughly prepared, you can either register for some LSAT prep courses, hire a tutor, or study by yourself using a dedicated LSAT prep book. Just like GRE prep books and GMAT test guides, LSAT books are normally written and compiled by experienced LSAT tutors and are built around an in-depth overview of all essential test sections. In addition to general test info, they offer real testing samples with detailed explanations and some recommendations on how to approach the test to ace it straight away.
What Features to Compare
In the modern world, we more and more prefer digital format to paper one since it allows squeezing a 500-page book into a compact electronic device that can be carried anywhere with you. The same is true for LSAT test-prep books. Now they are available both in paperback and in an electronic format and it’s entirely the matter of preference which one suits you better. In general, if you like to make notes as you read or simply like to turn crunchy pages, we recommend choosing a tried-and-true book.
Content and Coverage
We never judge a book by its cover and the LSAT prep guide is certainly not the one to be estimated that way. However, these prep books normally differ by content. While some of them are complete guides covering in detail all of the test sections, others can be focused on some specific section. Likewise, there are simpler books for beginners and those who are new to LSAT as well as workbooks for more experienced students and comprehensive self-study guides for self-driven hard workers. The book content and coverage largely depend on the author or prep system the book is part of. Hence, all books have something unique and specific to them. With that said, before buying any random prep book or making your choice in favor of someone’s recommendation, try to objectively evaluate your knowledge and preparation level to discover the areas you need to improve as well as outline the goals you seek to achieve.
Speaking of prep materials themselves, the prep book might contain both test-based questions and problems and the latest full-length LSAT tests to let you practice the whole test and real-time frames. Besides, the study process is not chaotic and the more organized it is, the better the final result. Hence, a well-structured book layout is not the last thing to consider as well.
Added Guidance and Tips
The LSAT test is different from many other higher school admission tests in the way that it rather assesses your thinking abilities and analytical skills than the actual knowledge on some subject. This is why it is essential to understand it from within and choose the right approach to get a high score. Bare test questions and plain examples won’t be of great use in this regard and in prep books, they normally come accompanied by detailed explanations and instructions. Besides, authors provide their own test strategies, share tips on how to disclose test tricks and avoid traps as well as reveal secrets that stand behind each test section.
Did you know?
LSAT Myths That Can Hold You Back
Launching a career in the law field is certainly not an easy task. Not only is there a lot of competition but also it will take you pretty much effort to enter the law school. The compulsory LSAT test makes many students panic and even doubt their choice. And it’s no wonder since the test is all surrounded by myths and misconceptions that might bewilder newbies straight away. So, let’s look into the most common LSAT myths and reveal the truth behind them.
Your LSAT score is a minor aspect if you have a solid undergraduate background. The truth is that the LSAT score is the most important part of your application, no matter how good you were in college. A high test score directly matches your law school performance, so you need to take it seriously.
Due to the specific test nature, studying for the test doesn’t help much. Of course, you can take the test with no preparation at all. However, you’ll surely benefit from LSAT prep classes or materials and increase your chances of getting a higher score since you’ll get an opportunity to look behind the scenes so to say and simply get familiar with the test.
Guessing does no good, just leave the answers blank if you are not sure. Well, that’s a tricky statement. In fact, these are only the right answers that are scored and incorrect answers won’t hurt your final score anyway. That said, if you see that you drastically lack time to cover the remaining questions, you can pick your favorite letter from A to E for all of them and get a 20% chance you’ve made it correct, which is still better than zero.
No one reads essays. Though writing samples are not scored, in the admission committee, they do read them selectively. Besides, you’ll get 35 minutes to write it anyway, so, it’s worth trying to do your best as if your sample will be the one they pull out of the pile.
The LSAT is needed only for admission purposes. That’s the most popular misconception. You can’t apply without the LSAT, that’s right. And some schools don’t require the highest score. On the other hand, though, top schools need a top score and a higher score can bring you some financial perks in other institutions. So, working for a higher score will never go amiss.
Test Prep Tips
Give yourself enough time for preparation. When it comes to studies, the haste and last-minute rush will do no good. Consider the volume of information you need to cover and study in paced sessions.
Schedule your study time. Plan what you have to do and pick the time of the day when you feel most comfortable with it. Proper planning and timing can considerably increase your overall productivity.
Treat yourself in a proper way. A nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and healthy sleep is all exceptionally good for your brain and will maintain high memory and concentration levels. Notably, that’s true both for the study period and for the exam day.
Take breaks and vary locations. Concentrating on something for several hours in a row is almost impossible. Regular short breaks will boost your productivity. And so will changing locations. Studying not only in your room but also in a library or quiet cafe will work to improve your memory retention.