LSAT course: which is better Kaplan or Princeton Review?

Jombo

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I'm taking the LSAT this coming june, and was thinking about taking a course from one of those two test prep centers. i know they are expensive, but i figure it's a good place to spend my tax return, only if to get few more points LSAT. and additional kick in the butt to actually study hard for the test.

anyone one have any experiences or inputs? thanks.
 

nitsuj3580

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took Kaplan, it was ok. I'm not real big fan of the prep courses. I find if I sit down with a book and just practice question after question, it's more beneficial. The Kaplan class, I might have gotten maybe 2-3 extra tips I didn't get just by reading the book

unfortunately, I didn't take the test yet (if ever). I chose a different career path
 

aphex

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Im currently taking an LSAT review from Princeton Review. So far, its been fantastic! My score has gone up about 11pts to date. Honestly the reason i chose princeton review over Kaplan was the class size...

Princeton Review - Max 8 Students (my class had 6)
Kaplan - No max class size (the one i was considering had 50 students)

It was a no brainer :)
 

Jombo

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yea, i'm leaning towards princeton review as of now, class size is a big one, and i also heard it's more strategy oriented.

thanks for the tip on the testmasters, i'll check them out too.
edit: dang, they meet a lot, but i already missed out on few classes already... thanks for the tip tho ^ ^
 

nj

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My girlfriend took Kaplan earlier this year and she was completely bored out of her mind. It was a complete waste of money for her.

She took her LSATS earlier this year and did really well. She's off this Autumn to law school ... I gotta decide whether I'm going with her now :(
 

aphex

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Originally posted by: Jombo
yea, i'm leaning towards princeton review as of now, class size is a big one, and i also heard it's more strategy oriented.

thanks for the tip on the testmasters, i'll check them out too.
edit: dang, they meet a lot, but i already missed out on few classes already... thanks for the tip tho ^ ^

Actually tonight is my last class with Princeton (did the quick program and have been going for the past month). It is very strategy oriented which i found to be very helpful. The classes are well structured and even though they last 3 hours the time went by fast. Have a hottie for a teacher to boot :)
 

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From my MCAT experience, I say go Princeton review. The people I knew in the Princeton classes were more well prepared than the Kaplan people. (I took Kaplan just because it was closer. I wish I had taken Princeton)
 

Jombo

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i wanna hottie for a teacher too!!! ;)

thanks for yer inputs aphex, and good luck on the lsats. i suppose you'll take em in june?
hopefully more people can throw in their 2 cents into this one..

btw, the girls that i spoke to over at PR all sound like valley girls, and one sounded so much like the visa check card girl from the Barber twins commercial. was trying sooooo hard not to laugh.
 

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From my personal experience, and I live right near princeton, lol.. the Kaplan review is better for the sole reason of being better structured? Not sure if that's the right word.

Basically, anyone can teach the princeton review as long as they score a high enough score on the test themselves, they don't have to be good teachers. So sometimes you get great teachers, othre times they blow.

With Kaplan, you have to score well, then udergo pretty intese training, and they make you teach lessons and evaluate your teaching style before letting you teach a full class. And maybe its your area, but I had about8 people in my Kaplan class, and have heard about huge princeton reviews, so not sure about that.

Finally, it must have worked somewhat b/c I managed to get into grad school for my PhD (I took GREs) And I think I def. learned some things, and the flash cards helped a ton.
 

aphex

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but I had about8 people in my Kaplan class, and have heard about huge princeton reviews, so not sure about that.

Well im sure Kaplans class size can vary greatly, but Princeton now promises a max of 8 students per class.
 

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i read the kaplan book and improved from 155 unlimited time to 173 simulated test on the last practice test i took.

kaplan invited me for an interview to teach the course. i should apply at princeton review too.
 

Marshallj

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I think it's a bit shady to take a course to artificially boost your test score on a test that's supposed to gauge your abilities.

Don't people just take tests anymore to give more accurate results?
 

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Originally posted by: Marshallj
I think it's a bit shady to take a course to artificially boost your test score on a test that's supposed to gauge your abilities.

Don't people just take tests anymore to give more accurate results?

Not for something as important as the LSATs.
 

Jombo

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Originally posted by: Marshallj
I think it's a bit shady to take a course to artificially boost your test score on a test that's supposed to gauge your abilities. Don't people just take tests anymore to give more accurate results?

it's not shady cuz it's not cheating, they just tell you how to prepare for the exam and gives you other pointers.

on your train of thought, buying any kinda book to prep for any kind of test is a bit shady because it's gauging your learned abilities? but hey, if you feel that way, hey best o luck to ya in all entrance exams or such if you have to take em in the future.
 

ElFenix

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Originally posted by: Marshallj
I think it's a bit shady to take a course to artificially boost your test score on a test that's supposed to gauge your abilities.

Don't people just take tests anymore to give more accurate results?

since everyone does it then no, its not.