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My name is John Richardson. I live in Toronto, Canada. I am a lawyer and have been involved in Toronto LSAT preparation courses for many years (sometimes as a business and sometimes as a hobby). LSAT Canada is the same as the LSAT in most of the rest of the world. If you are looking for Toronto LSAT tutoring Toronto or Toronto LSAT prep courses please contact me.

Upcoming Toronto LSAT Course Dates:

October 3, 2015 LSAT

Two Weekend LSAT Prep Course Toronto:

August 1, 2, 8, 9/15

You have a lot at stake in both improving your LSAT score and maximizing your LSAT test score. You need to both:

Know what to do and be able to do what you know. You will have to train for the LSAT. Your training must include taking a large number of LSAT practice tests. (Obviously you must use actual LSAT prep tests for this purpose).

LSAT preparation has evolved over the years. In many ways, it is almost “open source”. The rise of social media sites (Facebook, Myspace, discussion boards, internet LSAT study groups, etc.),  has made LSAT preparation very much a group activity. There  is no one company, tutor or approach that is the right way to prepare for the LSAT. All courses and tutors have their strengths and weaknesses and make helpful contributions to  LSAT preparation and law admissions. My goal is for  this site to feature  the contributions  of LSAT teachers who are willing to share particularly helpful thoughts.

I originally  created this site because of the the number of questions I received about “the best LSAT prep books, etc). I will post my thoughts on LSAT preparation. I will sometimes reference other sites. I also maintain a library of the best  LSAT blog posts.

Although the number of  LSAT takers is declining in North America, LSAT is expanding internationally.  The LSAT has always been used for applicants to law schools in Canada. In fact,  LSAT Canada is a big  headache in the lives of Canadian pre-law students.  It is now used for certain law schools in Australia and New Zealand. A special version – LSAT India – has been created.

Please make sure that you have a look at all the pages and links on this site. If you have a site that you would like to be added to the links (no guarantee) please email me.

Also, if you have a specific question that you would like me to try to answer (LSAT or otherwise), either post a comment here or send me an email:

prelawforum at gmail dot com

Finally, I would like to invite LSAT teachers, LSAT test takers or anybody else with an interest (can’t imagine who that might be) to contribute to this blog. You can do this in two ways:

1. By posting a comment on specific pages;

2. By suggesting additional links;

3. By actually writing “guest posts”

All are welcome and encouraged!

John Richardson

#LSAT PREP and Life PREP – Correlation vs. causation

 

 

Thoughts on LSAT Improvement: 67th to 88th percentile

 

LSAT Explanations — PrepTest 61 — Free PDF – Guest Post

What follows is a guest post from John Rood of Next Step Test Prep.

See below for free explanations to LSAT PrepTest 61

Until now, it has been difficult for students to get high-quality explanations to a lot of LSAT questions. The LSAC’s SuperPrep book has complete explanations, but to only 3 tests (and those tests are very old). Students who take prep courses have gotten these materials for years, but prep companies have wisely kept their most helpful material for their $1,000+ prep courses rather than their $15 off-the-shelf books.

Next Step Test Preparation has released complete explanations for 10 of the most recent LSAT Preptests (52-61). These are the tests contained in LSAC’s 10 New Actual Official LSAT PrepTests” book. (You’ll need that book to get any value out of our explanations — but you should have that book anyway as it’s the cheapest source of recent exams).

However, some students will get dramatically better score increases from explanations than others. Here are the right and wrong ways to use LSAT explanations:

Wrong way: read a LSAT question, then read the explanation, then read the next question, etc. This approach assures that you don’t actually attempt the questions and are probably not internalizing either the patterns on the exam nor your own strengths and weaknesses.

Right way: Take a full, timed practice test. (You should be doing this at least 1-2 times per weeks). Then, after you’ve completed the full test, correct it. Look at every question you missed and figure out why you missed it. Then, and only then, look at the explanation.

The right way assures that you’re making your best effort to get everything right, then applying what you know on questions you missed, then, finally, looking at a professional explanation to crystallize that lesson in your mind.

Free LSAT Explanations

For LSAT Books readers, we’ve made available complete explanations for PrepTest 61, completely free. Keep in mind that you’ll also need PrepTest 61 from the LSAC — the test questions aren’t printed in our book.

Download Explanations (Opens PDF)

If you find this resource helpful, the complete book is available for purchase here: http://promos.nextsteptestprep.com/explanations-check-out/

Next Step Test Preparation provides complete courses of one-on-one LSAT tutors for about the price of a crowded lecture-style prep course. Email us or call 888-530-NEXT (6398) for a complimentary consultation.

University of Toronto offers free LSAT courses

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The decline in LSATs administered is irrelevant to law school applicants

When my ship came in, I was at the airport.

 

 

 

 

Last week the New York Times featured a story focusing on a drop in the number of LSATs administered. The article noted that:

The Law School Admission Council reported that the LSAT was given 129,925 times in the 2011-12 academic year. That was well off the 155,050 of the year before and far from the peak of 171,514 in the year before that. In all, the number of test takers has fallen by nearly 25 percent in the last two years

I read this with great amusement. In the 1997-98 cycle the number of LSATs administered fell to as low as 104,000. That’s approximately 25% less than the current number!  This is why it is dangerous to look at too small of a sample. But, speaking of statistics … Continue reading

LSAT Prep Books – They all use real LSAT questions now

I started this blog a few years ago. There have always been lots of LSAT books. In the beginning LSAT books consisted of “made up” LSAT questions. Now, it appears that LSAT books are based only on real LSAT questions. There is no longer a market for a book that is NOT based on real questions. Given that LSAT questions are available for purchase by anyone, the question becomes:

What is the value of “third party” (books that don’t come directly from LSAT)  prep books?

It seems to me that there are three “possible” values to them (and I use the word “possible”).

1. Some books include questions that are no longer available for direct purchase from LSAT. For the most part this would mean the first six PrepTests.

2. All of the third party books appear to group the actual LSAT questions by category. For example, parallel reasoning. grouping logic games, etc. This may or may not be a benefit. I have found that the categorization of LSAT questions is not helpful to everybody and it can be dangerous to some.

3. Commentary and explanations – It is interesting that there are a number of books containing actual questions that do NOT include commentary and explanations. I would consider this fact when making the purchase decision.

The State of The LSAT Prep Industry:

Live LSAT Preparation:

LSAT preparation is based on a common pool of questions. Therefore, you should be looking for the best  LSAT prep course instructor or tutor available in your area.

Online LSAT Preparation:

Interesting to me that Knewton is no longer doing LSAT prep. I thought they were on to something. Would welcome your comments about your experience with online LSAT prep.