Effects of Joining an LSAT Course
Why Should You Take up an LSAT Course?
If you have decided that a career in law is right for you, then you would have also decided to take the LSAT. It is a test conducted by the LSAC and the score is the most important criterion for admission into law schools.
You can prepare for the test by studying on your own or by taking help for preparation. Except for a minority of determined, hard-working and highly intelligent people, most of us do require some help to get test-ready.
It is a common misconception that because the exam assesses the skills you already have, you do not need to study for it. Some people also (mistakenly) believe that the skills required to perform well can neither be taught by someone, nor can they be learned by someone a few weeks prior to the test. None of this is true.
The LSAT is a test that is structured in such a way that if everyone had all the time they wanted to take the test in, everyone could have performed well. But due to the time limit imposed during the exam, you need to practise the likely questions so that you can attempt all or most of the test questions. You will also greatly benefit from detailed explanations of the concepts needed to answer the questions, especially in the Logic Games section of the test. This kind of help is best obtained by joining a tutorial.
Most prep courses are authored by experts in the field. They are people who have done extremely well in an actual test and have scored in the 98th percentile or higher. The instructors, who are employed by the companies to tutor students, are also people who have scored high in the test. Moreover, the instructors are chosen for their ability to teach and motivate others and many of them undergo a training course that is specifically designed to improve their skills in teaching students. The courses themselves are available in a variety of choices. Many of them can be customized to suit individual requirements.
Review of some of the best LSAT courses:
PowerScore is a leading prep company. PowerScore’s tutors have scored 99th percentile in actual LSATs. It provides a full length course that includes more than 3000 pages of reading material. It also offers a shorter weekend course with over 600 pages. It also has an in-person tutoring option, which comes as different package deals. They range from 5 hours to 64 hours of sessions and you have the option to purchase additional hours if you need them.
Since 1991, TestMasters has been conducting study classes. Its course material includes a set of all questions that have been released in the past 20 years. The course also includes explanations of the answers, concepts, logic games and 16 full-length tests. TestMasters has the options of in-person tutoring, online and telephonic tutoring. You can purchase extra sessions if they are required. Thirty hours of video instruction is also provided. These videos can be watched at a time that is convenient to you. TestMasters also offers the use of a search engine and has a database of all actual questions.
3. Princeton Review:
The Princeton Review has a large number of courses to choose from. The duration of the various course packages range from 3 to 104 hours. The company offers personal and online tutoring and also classroom lessons.
It is safer and more prudent to take professional help to prepare for the test. Although you may take the test more than once, it is better to make your best effort and get the best score possible in one single attempt. This is most likely to happen if you prepare well the first time you attempt the exam.