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.