Taking a good classroom LSAT Prep course is likely to be much better than relying upon “self-study,” as an extensive study by the LSAC indicated (if it’s a bad course you might as well study on your own!). However, there are some things that don’t enhance one’s LSAT Prep experience. See below for a list of a few LSAT Prep gimmicks and fake stuff, and ScoreItUp’s response:
1a. Fake LSAT Questions
To reduce LSAC licensing fees, many commercial books and companies include a lot of “fake” LSAT questions made up by their company in their books or courses. Other companies say they use “real” LSAT questions but then incorporate a lot of “fake” ones into their books or courses as well.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp uses only real LSAT questions (official LSAT questions from previously released LSATs) in all of ScoreItUp’s live and online video lessons, mock exams, and homework assignments. Also, ScoreItUp’s live students receive physical copies of the LSAC’s SuperPrep II book and LSAT practice exams (not just “electronic access”). As a result, you don’t need to print the exams out, and you don’t “lose access” to them after the course is over – you can continue working with these practice LSATs even once your course is done. Finally, because ScoreItUp courses are updated throughout the year, you also work with very recent LSATs.
1b. Fake LSAT Exams.
This is a variation of 1a., above. Real LSATs (i.e., previously administered LSATs) consist of the LSAT questions and answers. Some companies give you lots of real LSAT questions…but they don’t give you the answers. Instead, to get the answers to the LSAT questions you have to log onto their website. After the course ends, you are cut off from online access – and the answers to the LSATs – unless you pay an additional fee.
ScoreItUp’s Response: See 1a. above. Also, because ScoreitUp gives you the actual LSAT exam books (with answers) straight from the LSAC, you get immediate feedback on your work, as opposed to being forced to log onto the company’s website each time you want to review the answers to the exam you just took.
2. Fake (Or Unknown) Classroom Hours
It is hard to figure out how many live (classroom) course hours one actually gets in some LSAT Prep courses. Other companies seek to artificially bolster the number of course hours in their “live” LSAT Prep courses by including “online” or “at-home” hours in their “live” course hour totals.
ScoreItUp’s Response: The number of live classroom hours should be clearly stated and…well…live! ScoreItUp’s 100-hour live courses offer more classroom hours and more proctored exam hours than any of its competitors (make sure you read their fine print and add it up for yourself!). In addition, ScoreItUp’s entire online course, as well as online tutorials on the Personal Statement and Writing Sample, are included for free. And the advertised number of ScoreItUp’s “live” course hours do not include any of those free “online” hours!
3. Fake LSAT Prep Class Options
Some companies list a variety of different LSAT Prep class options, only to cancel the low-enrollment courses at the last minute. Or their part-time instructor may leave mid-course. Many LSAT Prep students have found themselves in a very uncomfortable situation after this occurs.
ScoreItUp’s Response: Since I teach all of ScoreItUp’s courses myself, teach in only one location, limit the number of class offerings, and have never missed a single LSAT Prep lesson, students are ensured that their ScoreItUp LSAT Prep course will not be cancelled!
4. Fake Student Comments
Unfortunately, certain LSAT prep companies post fake student comments on their own website, online law school forums, and other sites (e.g., yelp.com, amazon.com, etc.). They may heap praise about their own company, or disparage competitors (I’ve seen a few of these aimed at ScoreItUp!). Others, selling LSAT Prep books, encourage students to “self-study” and buy their books. Some of these companies have spent years creating “dummy profiles” to make these anonymous “students” look legitimate.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp has never posted a fake student comment on any website. Please visit “Student Comments” for more details!
5. Fake Ordering of LSAT Questions (Question “Scrambling”)
Some companies “group” LSAT questions into particular categories. Others use phrases like “adaptive learning” to do a similar thing. These methods have the same underlying concept: they take LSAT questions out of their original and authentic order and “scramble” them into alleged categories or groups.
ScoreItUp’s Response: Question “scrambling” isn’t the best way to prepare. And it clearly interferes with the ability to take an extensive number of full-length LSATs in simulated conditions without previously having seen many of the questions. In ScoreItUp’s courses, I do some “grouping” of questions at the beginning to make sure you understand logic concepts and question types. However, we then move into working with LSAT questions in their original and authentic order, as they were given in the original exam, and as you will be doing when you take the official LSAT. The benefits of this approach are too numerous to list, but feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
6. Fake Higher Score Guarantees
These aren’t exactly fake, they just contain lots of fine print that limit their application and add bureaucratic aggravation to your LSAT Prep experience.
ScoreItUp’s Response: In addition to guaranteeing that the company’s owner will be teaching your course (and not a part-time student instructor), ScoreItUp offers the best “higher score guarantee” in the land. See Item 14 in Top 15 for the details. Unlike other companies, you do not need to prove how many classes you attended to qualify for the refund. You do not need to prove whether you did all the assigned homework to qualify for the refund. You do not need to prove that you “made up” missed lessons. And if you find a “higher score guarantee” you like better somewhere else, just let me know before you enroll: I’ll likely match it! Questions? See Top 15 or email email@example.com for the details!