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  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: PowerScore (Feb. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980178258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980178258
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is hands down the best book I've seen for LSAT prep! I have used Princeton, Kaplan, and Barrons. Your book is perfectly put together and so easy to understand. I have honestly learned more in 3 weeks with this book, than I did with 3 months of the other books combined." - Jeff Thomas --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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David M. Killoran is an expert in test preparation with over 20 years of teaching experience and a 99th percentile score on a Law Services-administered LSAT. In addition to having written the renowned PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible, the PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible, and many other popular publications, Dave has overseen the preparation of countless students and founded two national LSAT preparation companies. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kernisak on Feb. 14 2012
Format: Paperback
I do not regret purchasing this book to help me with my LSAT preparation. It explains thoroughly the Logical Reasoning section on the LSAT. What I liked the most about this book is how specific it was. Every chapter starts with general information followed by detailed theory (how to recognize and approach each type of questions, what to look for in the right answer, how to avoid common traps, etc.)and exercises. Also, the book is written in a very engaging manner, which motivated me even more while I was studying. The only drawback about this book is the lack of questions to practice. There are a few actual LSAT questions after each chapter, but not many. I think this is a good book to purchase, but I do not think it is enough on its own to be entirely ready for the Logical Reasoning section.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to anyone taking the LSAT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lu on Sept. 17 2014
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this is very good for explainging what to do, and really helpful. but can get really tedious
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Andre Schaub on June 29 2014
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Very informative information however, I feel it could have been condensed more.
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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely essential for every test taker Oct. 24 2010
By bhart - Published on Amazon.com
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The short story is that this book is absolutely incredible, worth every penny, and increased my LR performance from getting 15 wrong every time to getting only four wrong every time. BUY IT, especially before you do any other kind of prep. Give yourself a month to get through it. It gives you concrete methods for how to attack every problem type.

The long story:

I had a roundabout way of getting to the point where I ordered this book. I took a Kaplan course and hated it. I did all of the homework and dedicated my life to the course for a month straight. It wasn't working. My score went from a 160 on the diagnostic to a 152, then a 154. The 160 diagnostic enabled me to enroll in their advanced course, but the course was completely unhelpful. Kaplan's methods aren't methods; they just say things like "oh, that is out of the scope, so it's wrong". Well, how do I know it's out of the scope? You don't. Or, you could probably figure it out, but that takes tons of time and on the LSAT you don't have tons of time. Kaplan does not give concrete reasons that can be applied to every question of the same type for determining why something is or isn't correct. The course wasn't working for me or improving my score, so after three weeks (the course was five weeks total), I dropped it. What a waste of over $1000.

I decided to get private tutoring. The tutoring company I used was brilliant for games, but also very expensive and I had already dropped a ton of money on the Kaplan course. I decided I'd look into using a book for LR instead. And I am saying this now to everyone who has not yet started prepping for the LSAT: BUY THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU TAKE A CLASS OR GET TUTORING OF ANY KIND. GIVE YOURSELF A MONTH WITH THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU DO ANY KIND OF LR PREP WHATSOEVER. This will save you a ton of money - the book is a HUGE bargain and worth every penny. It will also give you an excellent foundation for learning how to do every single kind of problem, and it is likely that you will not have to do any other kind of prep (ie tutoring or a class) once you read this book. You will obviously have to do a lot of practice problems and tests, but you won't need any other kind of instruction as to how to do the problems.

The main reason I like this book is it gives you an actual method as to how to do each problem type. My problem wasn't that I didn't understand why the right answer was right, it was that I couldn't finish in time, so I a) had to guess on the last five problems and b) sped up and my accuracy went out the window. By using the methods in this book, I was able to cut down on time for these problems so that I now always finish with at least three minutes to spare. The methods tell you how to look at a problem, what to look for, what is a likely incorrect answer (so that when you see it you can eliminate it very quickly without being tempted), and what a correct answer looks like. The most helpful piece of advice they give is that there is an identifiable and clear correct answer out of each of the choices. By using these methods, I was able to figure out what that answer was quickly, or at least figure out what the wrong answers were quickly.

The other thing to be said about this is that it is a long book. It's over 500 pages. GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO GET THROUGH IT. Skimming it, or just reading the methods, will not help you. You have to practice them until they become second nature. And you also have to give yourself enough time to actually get through all of the pages. I worked full time while getting through this, and I spent my lunch hour every day working through it, and was able to get through it in just over a month.

You can't expect this to work miracles overnight. But if you put in the time, it will help you increase your speed and accuracy without ever having to pay for a course or tutoring. Or, it will at least give you a sense of what kinds of problems you have trouble with, and then you can get the most out of tutoring by being efficient about it and targeting your weak areas. Or even if you don't get tutoring, you will know what kinds to practice.

I wasted $1000 before I picked this wonderful book up. Don't repeat my mistake. Use this as a first line of defense, and see just how far it will get you in your quest for a great LSAT score.

Note: I have not gotten my official LSAT score back yet. However, I did finish both LR sections with time to spare, and in practice exams, I had consistently gotten no more than four wrong on the LR sections in the past five tests i'd taken.
113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
Hands-down best self-study LSAT Prep March 6 2005
By TexasEx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best system out there for self-study. I tried the other known names (Princeton Review, Kaplan, etc.) without a lot of improvement in my practice scores. After completing the two Powerscore books (Logical Reasoning Bible and Logic Games Bible), I saw a 10 point increase in my practice scores. My final LSAT score was 174, thanks largely to these two books. However, be prepared to spend some serious time on these books if you want to benefit from their system.
154 of 168 people found the following review helpful
Use 7Sage Instead May 27 2012
By leigh123r - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book is helpful, I found an online curriculum called 7Sage to be much more helpful. This book seems to miss some fundamental conceptual ideas behind the questions, while focusing too much on "easy" fixes to get you to the right answer. While that might work for the majority of the questions, if you're looking to be a mid-170s scorer, you need that conceptual background to get the curve-breaker questions correct. I got that background in a much easier manner and more quickly through 7Sage, and so I'd honestly recommend that program over buying this book. 7Sage focuses on things like the concepts that link principle and sufficient assumption questions, rather than teaching those in isolation the way this book does.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The "bible" series is priceless.. Oct. 2 2005
By S. Patel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Honestly, these books are worth more than the suggested $49.99 price. The Games Bible and the Logical Reasoning Books by PowerScore are the two best books in their respective fields.

While I was studying the Logical Reasoning Bible I felt like I was cheating. The tips they give you are better than any other book I've come across. (They let you know WHY the other books don't teach correctly and give you specific examples).

If you are seriously considering taking the LSATs than you absolutely cannot get a better studying aid.

Hands Down 5 Stars
65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Don't pass up this book! Sept. 22 2005
By T. Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great. I've taken the TestMaster's actual course and bought this book to supplement my learning. TestMasters & Powerscore are very similar in their classroom teaching methods, and this book pretty much states in text what the teachers say. The techniques this book teaches is worth its weight in gold! It has clear explanations and anyone can come to terms with their reasoning.

However, the only bad thing about this book is that it does not contain enough problems. You WILL have to buy other books for this, but this bible covers the essential information required to solving the various types of logical reasoning questions presented in the LSAT.

I recommend this book to people who have not taken the Powerscore or TestMasters course or those who want a supplement to their lsat classroom course for reference purposes.


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