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Not the best for a lot of reasons
on December 8, 2003
I picked up this book because I heard it was better than Kaplan's. It's not. A lot of the advice they give is bad, and some of it is downright ridiculous. Ignore the writing sample? Always skip one entire logic game? What are they thinking?! In addition, the edition I have is quite poorly edited. I bought the eBook from Amazon... maybe the hard copy is better. In my edition, chaper 3--the reading comp chapter--was titled "Games"; in one of the games in chapter 1, the seven entities were G, H, L, O, P, S, and U, and one of the answer choices was N. The games also use vague language that the real LSAT questions never use--in the same game mentioned before, one rule was that two entities should be "exactly two spaces apart." This can be interpreted either as there being two available spaces between the entities, or as one entity being two spaces over from the other, with a single entity in between separating them. These are mistakes and ambiguities that no good prep book should have.
Also, they take questions from LSAT PrepTests, which means that if you use this book before taking any real PrepTests, you won't be able to take a lot of those tests under "actual conditions," because you will recognize specific material, therefore falsely affecting your score and your timing. Sure, practicing on "real" material is great, and if you don't plan on taking any PrepTests, seeing the material in this way is fine. However, taking a lot of real LSAT PrepTests is ESSENTIAL to any good course of LSAT preparation, and by using this book, you are seriously hurting your ability to do so.
The book avoids a 1-star rating because it does include an actual PrepTest, and some of its strategies are sound. But for the most part, this book is sloppy and poorly thought out. You'd be better off getting Kaplan's yearly guide and, of course, 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests. Kaplan gives you a good intro to the material, and some decent, if not great, simulated questions and PrepTests they wrote themselves. Read their strategies, warm up on their problems, then start going after the real PrepTests. Kaplan's LSAT 180 is also very good if you are doing well already and want to break into the 170s.
As for this book, it was a big disappointment.