LSAT Prep Directory (Incomplete as it may be)
When it comes to choosing an LSAT course, the company is who you pay your money to. All LSAT courses teach from real LSAT tests. Actual LSAT tests are available to anybody (that’s why there are so many LSAT prep courses.) The specific company matters only to the extent that it can provide quality teachers/instructors. The teacher or instructor is who will make or break the experience for you. Focus on the LSAT teacher or instructor and NOT on the name of the company!
(Here is a video that was clearly produced to promote LSAT courses.)
So, what makes a good LSAT teacher?
“How much you can really raise your LSAT score.
The importance of having a good LSAT instructor.
How it’s possible to perform at a level higher than your initial aptitude on the exam might dictate.
How to know if you’re really ready for the LSAT, or if you should postpone your test date.
How to know if you would benefit most from a class, a tutor, or from self-study.”
Here is one interesting perspective on the qualities a good LSAT teacher should have:
“What should a good LSAT teacher possess? Experience with teaching the test and enthusiasm. When choosing a course, contact companies directly and ask who specifically will teach your course, rather than assuming that all teachers for a company are necessarily the same. In evaluating teachers, many students assume that a higher score equals a better teacher. This is not necessarily true. What’s the difference between someone who scored in the 95th percentile (about a 167) and someone who scored in the 99.1st percentile (about a 172)? Not much. Indeed, above the 95th percentile, a higher score on the LSAT oftentimes simply reflects the speed at which a test-taker reads, not necessarily how much LSAT knowledge the test-taker has. As such, someone who scored in the 99th percentile probably reads slightly faster than someone who scored in the 95th percentile. Thus, the difference between a teacher who scored in the 95th percentile versus the 99th percentile means very little. What does count is how well the teacher can teach you how to score well. What about the teacher’s experience with law school or law? This is a nice bonus, but for teaching the LSAT, it doesn’t matter much. The LSAT tests logic and reading, as such, no knowledge of law is required.”
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What follows are links to a number of different LSAT preparation programs. This list is far from complete. I encourage you to post comments on this page with further suggestions. Please note that this page is solely for the purpose of listing courses. It is not for the purpose of reviewing or otherwise commenting on the course. In other words: LSAT course “shills” (you know who you are) – stay away!
My courses are run primarily in Toronto, Canada (www.prep.com) making them inconvenient for most readers of this blog. Hence, I am happy to list all of these courses from different companies. My purpose is to help you make a responsible choice about whether to take an LSAT course and if so, which LSAT course to take. I am unwilling to make specific recommendations or comments about courses. But, I will try to give you the tools to do the right kind of research. Even the least expensive LSAT courses are expensive. Hence, you should research them as well as you can. Most of your course options are national (run courses in many cities). They are very few local LSAT Preparation Courses remaining.
All LSAT courses teach from actual LSATs. Hence, courses cannot be distinguished by the quality of the course materials. You should choose an LSAT course based on the quality of the teacher/instructor.
What follows is a partial list. In addition, you may want to check out the LSAT course directory found here.
Paid LSAT Preparation Courses
National LSAT (U.S. and Canada) Courses – Evening and Weekends
Kaplan – 1 800 Kap-Test – www.kaptest.com
Princeton Review – 1 800 2REVIEW – www.PrincetonReview.com
BluePrint – 1 800 4BP-PREP – www.blueprintprep.com
Powerscore – 1 800 545-1970 – www.powerscore.com
Outside LSAT – www.outsidelsat.com
Sherwood Test Prep – (866) TEST-PREP – www.sherwoodtest.com
National LSAT (U.S. and Canada) Courses – Weekends
GetPrepped – 1 800 – 508-4473 – www.getprepped.com
Regional Companies (Canada) – Evening and Weekends
RichardsonPrepCenter – (416) 410-7737 – www.prep.com
Forefront LSAT – 1 877 – 269 – 5728 – http://www.forefrontlsat.com/
Prep101 – (416) 907 – 4404 – www.prep101.com
Regional Companies (Canada) – Weekends
RichardsonPrepCenter – (416) 410-7737 – www.prep.com
Renert Cemter – 1 800 567-3239 – www.renertonline.com
Oxford Seminars – 1 800 269 – 6719 – http://www.oxfordseminars.ca/LSAT/lsat_about.php
Regional Companies U.S. – Evenings and Weekends
Gorilla Test Prep – 1 888767 – 7478 – www.gorillaprep.com
Blackstone LSAT – 1 800-881-5728 – www.blackstone-lsat.com
TestWell – (617) 277 – 5728 – www.testwell.com
Steven Klein Company – (206) 524-4915 – www.stevenklein.com
Binary Solution – 888-884-5728 – www.binarysolution.com
Online LSAT Preparation Courses:
LSAT Freedom – www.lsatfreedom.com
Examples of College and University Continuing Education Divisions
Note these are too numerous to list. The course taught usually has no academic affiliation with the College or University. They are likely to have partnered with some other organization.
University of British Columbia – (604) 822 – 1444 – http://www.cstudies.ubc.ca/testprep/
Call the local college where you live. Chances are that they either have an LSAT course or know where you can find one.
Programs That May Be Run Through U.S. College Campuses
These are examples of courses that may be used by the College and University LSAT program.
Fairfax Lectern – (415) 479 – 1128 – www.fairfax-lectern.com
Cambridge Educational Services – (847) 299-2930 – www.cambridgeed.com
Private LSAT Tutoring
This is available from a number of the test prep companies described above. You may also find students (less expensive) who are willing to share their time. Check:
Private LSAT Tutors – This is information not recommendation!
Free LSAT Prep (or at least some things that are free)