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Master the LSAT
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on February 23, 2004
You should definitely include this book within your preparation studies. I would have to say that much of the contents inside of this book is laregly responsible for the increase in my LSAT score (granted I am not a good test taker). The other books that I would/would not HIGHLY recommend is as follows:
HOT:
1)Nova's LSAT, Master the LSAT
2)The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible
3)10 More Actual Official LSAT Preptests
NOT:
1)Kaplan test prep books
2)Princeton Reviews test prep books
3)Teaching Solutions CD software <- Look out for this company, cause someone has to inform the BBB.
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on June 25, 2004
This book is marginally effective in its efforts. It's a good introduction to what you'll find on the LSAT, but it's certainly not a consummate preparation tool.
Pros:
1. Fair introduction to logic, good explanation of logical fallacies that can be found in Logic Reasoning questions.
2. Some decent practice problems, but many of them are made up by Jeff Kolby and don't represent actual LSAT questions (because they're not).
Cons:
1. The Games Section explanation is, in my opinion, uneffective. Its desultory effort to communicate methods to take on the games falls short--so short that I would skip this section of the book altogether and buy PowerScore's "Logic Games Bible."
2. As mentioned above, many questions are made up by Kolby, and therefore are not an efficient use of your LSAT preparation time. ONLY use real LSAT questions to prepare for test day. Would you let someone make up directions for a long roadtrip and use them, or would you rather have the real thing?
The bottom line: If you can get a used copy of this book off amazon or half.com for around $10, then I'd buy it, otherwise buy PowerScore's Logic Games Bible and Logical Reasoning Bible (PowerScore.com); practice with LSAC's "10 Actual" "10 more Actual" "Next 10 Actual." Don't forget to breath.
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on July 3, 2004
This book is probably all you really need to "study" from... but make sure you do a lot of practice tests under TIMED conditions. What the book lacks that a course might offer is some insight into the process of actually taking the real test- I was easily scoring in my target range but when the test day came I scored lower than in my very first practice test before I did any preparation- simply because of nerves and having a watch rather than a timer in the test room with me. Some insight into the test day, the lengthy administration, the fact that they call '5 minutes left' (which for some reason freaked me out every time) would help calm nerves which can really be what mastering the LSAT is all about- mastering your nerves.
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on May 13, 2002
This book is useful in beginning your preparation for the LSAT. Its strength is in the area of explaining logic and reasoning. After completing the book, I enrolled in a LSAT prep course, and what I had learned in the Kolby book served as a great foundation for further improving my skills. The book's primary shortcoming is that is dated -- many of the questions used as examples in the book, no longer appear on the current LSATs. That said, many of the principles explained in the book will serve you well in your overall preparation. I you are self-preparing for the LSAT, I DEFINITELY would follow the book up with as many recent practice tests as you can find.
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on October 10, 2003
The CD-ROM is not as user friendly and interactive as it should be, but the book itself is an excellent tool for preparing for the LSAT.
The logic games section is the best that I've seen - and I purchased 4 prep books. If you are looking for 1 book to buy to help you get ready - this should be the one.
The tests, strategies and organization of the book are easy to follow. Buy this book with a book of prep tests, and you should be good to go.
The only drawback is that the book does not cover the newer "principle" questions in the logical reasoning. Otherwise, there is plenty of detail.
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on June 29, 2002
This book is excellent to use along with actual tests, such as those found in "10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests." This book explains the reasoning behind the types of questions and pinpoints ways to see the fallacies, helping you to answer the questions more rapidly. I used this book and the official preptests book for self-directed prep and was accepted at 3 schools and on the waiting list at 3 others. If you don't have [money] for commercial study courses, I would recommend this option.
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on August 15, 2001
I've loaded the software but can someone tell me what code to put in? Where is the "copy protection code sheet?" I can't find it in the book. Is the code simply the test score related to the school?
Overall the book is a good cut and dry discussion on "technique".
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on November 26, 2003
My mistake was to take a Get Prepped tutoring class. Don't do it!!!!!!!!
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on February 3, 2004
Unlike prep books that push *their* strategies and methods on you, this book does a good job of giving a general feel of how you should look at the problems and tips on solving them, allowing you to devise your own style of taking the test. That's not to say that you're left defenseless; the book breaks down many of the problem types and the most efficient ways of solving them. It's not preachy ("You MUST diagram it this way!") nor does it rely on complex terminology ("Not laws/global vs local/Exclusions"). It's focus is simple: breaking down the problems to their simplest forms and solving them efficiently. The book provides explanations for every solution, which helps refine they way you should attack each problem.
The only complaint I have is that the simulated tests in the accompanying CD rehashes almost all of the problems you've studied in the book, so I didn't feel like I was truly "tested."
If you're beginning to study for the LSAT, begin with this book. It gives a good foundation for taking the test.
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