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Joshua,

How did you get a 177 on the LSAT?

It would be helpful to know for my preparation efforts how you achieved your score increase and how quickly your score increased. My first diagnostic was 155 and I’ve studied for four weeks. I take my next timed practice test this weekend, but I’m not expecting a large increase. Any information you can offer would be much appreciated — and most likely life-changing. Thanks for giving me hope.
Joshua Craven

UChicago Law School

J.D., Class of 2012

First of all, I’m glad you are feeling hopeful and inspired. That is a fantastic attitude to have when you are prepping for the LSAT.

A high LSAT score is, indeed, quite life-changing. An LSAT score above 175 can get you into a top 5 law school—on the largest scholarship they offer. It certainly did for me. But I did work hard to get there. My first diagnostic score was similar to (actually below) yours. I scored in the 152-153 range on my initial diagnostic LSAT. With about 3 months of LSAT prep, I was able to score a 177 on the actual exam.

It is possible to increase your LSAT score by 20 points or more, but it is going to take some hard work. I was able to do it, but the large increase in my LSAT score did not happen overnight. It took me weeks of prep to increase my LSAT score from a 153 into the 165+ range. Once I was consistently scoring in the 165+ range, it took me a solid 4 weeks of 40-hours-per-week LSAT prep to increase my LSAT score into the 175+ range.

As far as what I did to increase my LSAT score: although it is difficult to summarize within a few paragraphs, I will do my best below. Check out my full 3-month LSAT study schedule for a detailed step-by-step guide.

LSAT SELF-STUDY vs. LSAT PREP COURSE

I chose to self-study rather than taking an LSAT course. I made the decision to teach myself the LSAT for a few reasons.

First, when I was in undergrad, I generally found that I was able to learn the required material by reading the textbook rather than listening to lectures. Perhaps that is just my learning style, but I was always able to absorb the material better when I read it myself rather than listening to a professor lecture about it for hours.

Second, I had the discipline to make an LSAT study schedule for myself and stick to it. At an early stage in my LSAT prep, I was able to recognize how important my LSAT preparation efforts would be, and how important it was for me to adhere to a strict schedule.

If you learn better by listening to lectures, or if you find it difficult to maintain the self-discipline required to adhere to a strict self-study schedule, then you may find an LSAT prep course to be a helpful supplement to your LSAT prep study.

GET THE BEST LSAT PREP BOOKS

The key to prepping for the LSAT, in my opinion, is selecting the right materials to study with. If you try to study with the wrong set of books, then you may see a modest increase in your score, but you will probably spend most of your time simply spinning your wheels.

When this post was first published, you could get all 10 of the LSAT prep books that helped me improve my LSAT score by 25 points for a total of about $240. For current pricing, click here to view all 10 books in an Amazon shopping cart.

These books should be pretty much all you need to prepare for the LSAT. If you don’t have at least a majority of these LSAT prep books, then it will be very tough to see a significant increase in your LSAT score.

So here are the top 10 books that I think you MUST HAVE to prep for the LSAT

  1. The Logic Games Bible
  2. The Logical Reasoning Bible
  3. The Reading Comprehension Bible
  4. The LSAT Superprep
  5. 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
  6. Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
  7. 10 More Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
  8. 10 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
  9. 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests: Volume V
  10. 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests: Volume VI

Buy anything on that list and you won’t be wasting your money… those books helped me earn a 25 point increase in my LSAT score, and were the key to my 177.

TAKE PLENTY OF REAL, TIMED LSAT PREPTESTS

Start with the LSAT Superprep to familiarize yourself with the general ins and outs of the LSAT. Then use the Powerscore bibles (LGB / LRB / RCB) to get the basics of each section down. Work through one section at a time (since Logical Reasoning accounts for a full 50% of your score, that’s generally where I’d recommend starting).

Once you have worked through the Bible, start using the real LSAT preptests from the list above to drill yourself and keep refining your skills as well as your timing. Start with older LSAT preptests from the “10 Actual Official” books, saving more recent exams to use as full, timed LSAT practice tests closer to exam day.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON HOW I GOT A 177

I cannot stress the importance of getting feedback throughout your LSAT prep efforts. Keep working and keep asking questions. There is much to learn, and those of us who have taken the LSAT and scored in the top 99.9 percentile have tons of advice to offer. This website is here to help.

Take advantage of the free resources offered here, and ask questions in the comments so that I can help guide you along your path to LSAT greatness. If you’re looking for a little extra help, join me in the LSAT mastermind study group.

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213 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I’ve heard there is an optional writing portion of the LSAT, can you tell me your thoughts about whether taking it is a good option? I am completing my BA in English right now and I feel I could perform well in this section, but I wondered how it impacted the score overall? Thank you in advance, I just found this site and it is very useful!

    Bianca

  2. Hello Evan,

    I was starting to prepare for the LSAT and realized this post was from 2013. Would the books you highly recommend to prepare still be helpful now or would it be outdated for the exams given out in 2020?

    Sincerely,
    Rehana

  3. Hi Josh and Evan,

    I want to get the books you all recommended, but three of the books on your list above are crossed out. Does that mean you no longer recommend them or that you no longer think they are necessary?

  4. Hi, I am starting my 3 month lsat studying and I don’t know if I should get through the bibles once, taking notes of what I think is important and then going through them thoroughly a second time, or if I should flip that and read through them carefully first and then go back a second time and read through the sections I want to work on the most. I was thinking of going with the first option because I would figure out what is the hardest and then when I go back I can focus on those sections more. Any thoughts ?

    Also do you think it is efficient to memorize things that they teach in the bibles or is that going to waste too much time ?

  5. I have been studying for the past year and I am still stuck in the 165’s. I have literally done every single logic game and reading comprehension passage, and I am running out of LR passages (I really only have some sections in prep tests 1-30 left untouched, and a couple in the 30-40 range as well. Do you have any recommendations for continued study? Thank you.

  6. Hello,
    I’m currently a sophomore undergrad in supply chain and I have decided that I’d like to eventually take the LSAT exam. I’d like to know if it’s too soon to start studying and what is the best way in your opinion to study long term since I have a couple years?

  7. Also, how do I know how many of your 10 suggested books to buy? Do you recommend all of them? do you reference them in your three month study plan?
    Thanks again!

  8. Hi! I am looking at attending law school next year (2020). I have been out of school for 18 years and have been working and have two small kids at the moment. I work for myself (I’m a commercial video producer) and have a flexible schedule, with weeks where the work load is light and weeks where it is full on. Given the amount of time I’ve been out of the test taking/academic world, would you suggest two or three months of study? I was going to aim for October but am thinking it might be better to give myself 3 full months of study and take the test in November with the option to retake in January if needed. Would love your thoughts!

  9. Hi, the SuperPrep came out with a volume II, do you think one is better than the other? Or is there no difference?

    Thank you in advance!

  10. Hey Josh and Evan,

    I used your self-study schedule to take the LSAT for the first time in December 2017. I had taken a semester off school and used the time to study and take the LSAT. My practice test scores were around 172-175, but on the day of the test I scored 168 (I had an almost sleepless night before the LSAT, a long drive, and nerves on the day). I don’t think the score reflects my ability, so I want to retake the LSAT now that I have graduated from college. I plan on applying to law schools in the fall and hope to be admitted into HYS or Columbia. I am planning to retake the LSAT in either September or October. Besides the occasional practice section, I haven’t really thought about the LSAT since I took it in December 2017. What is your advice for studying for my retake? Should I follow the three-month study schedule as it was again, or should I take a different approach? I’m also wondering about the effectiveness of retaking practice tests – I took most of the practice tests back in 2017, but I don’t think I remember the questions.

    Thank you for your clear and useful advice. It helped me improve my score tremendously.

  11. I’m foreign student with BA of Law from different country. Last month finished college with Paralegal certificate, as a honor student. Couple weeks ago started studying for LSAT. Downloaded 3 apps. Trying to improve my score from 135 to 177. Please let me know, if you have any advise for the foreign students.

    Thank you

  12. Hi, Joshua.

    I’m impressed by your feats and am grateful for the help and resources you’re providing to others around you.
    So, I bought most of the books on your lists. I studied on and off for about three months or so. I took the LSAT late January of this year and performed not all that great.
    I’m looking to re-take the LSAT this summer. If I don’t feel ready for it by summer, then September or October at the latest.

    I will be okay with LR and LG. However, when it comes to RC that is a different story. My background is in English, but this seems to be quite a different type of beast.
    Any tips on how to get better on RC? I know if I want the best score possible I’ll need to improve my score in this area.

    I’m also contemplating taking a prep course with Blueprint LSAT. Is it worth the money, or could I be making similar gains through self study?

    Thank you for your help.

    Sincerely,

    SJ

  13. Kristal Rodriguez on

    Hi! I recently learned that I am very interested in law and want to attend law school. However, I have a bit of a concern. I’m not the fastest reader. I know the tests are timed. What advice do you have for a student like me that knows they’re a slow reader?

  14. Isiah Williams on

    Good Morning Josh and Evan
    I wanted to ask you if the books listed in your 4-month schedule study program do you recommend that I purchase all of the study guides all at once or can we purchase one book at a time and work through each book depending on the study schedule. What do you see as the best option? I definitely see myself doing the best when I am trying to work through the study programs one by one and then combine them all together. Can you give me some insight on that, please.

    Thank you,

  15. Keziah Ampadu-Siaw on

    Hello Josh & Evan!

    My name is Keziah and I am currently a Senior studying Philosophy in ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College. I am looking to go to Law School fall of 2020 and debating on taking my first LSAT June 2019. Do you think I should take my first test in March of 2019 or wait until June 2019? I would really like your advice on when you think will be the appropriate time to take the test, which study plan I should use, and edition of the Bible Books I should get (2018 or 2019). Also, if you could please link all the materials I need to purchase in your response, I will greatly appreciate it.

    Lastly, the reason why I plan to start law school in the fall of 2020 is that I am taking a gap year to either teach English abroad under the Fulbright program (if I get in) or intern/work in a law firm. Any ideas on what I should do?

    P.S. I am looking for a 171+ score.

    P.S.S. One more question, should I be worried about what specialty law I want to do now?

  16. Hi guys, I am a mom and work full-time. I’m hoping to take the LSAT in November, but with work and family, I’m looking at maybe 2-3 hours of studying a night, with maybe longer stretches on the odd weekend. I know your recommendation is shorter studying time, with more intense studying, but with work I won’t be able to do that. I guess I’m looking for reassurance that it is still possible to get a great score when you can only use the few hours a day you have available for studying. Closer to the test I’ll use some vacation and do some full-days, but might not get many of them.

  17. Hi, I loved your post.
    I actually am prepping for the MCAT right now, but was looking for good verbal/analytical reading practice, for the reading section on the MCAT. There is very little official material released by the AAMC for the MCAT, do you think working on prep tests would be good practice to Hone my reading skills?

    Sorry if you’re not versed with other exams.

    Thanks,

  18. Hi Joshua and Evan!

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful advice. I’m wondering if you guys have ever heard of blueprint lsat prep course and what your opinion was on it?

    I appreciate any feedback!

  19. Hi,
    This may be a dumb question, but I ordered all these books and got the 4 month study schedule and on week 1 there is a section for Basic Ordering Drill 1 and 3. I am confused as to where to find these drills. Are the in the Powerscore LGB or are they on this website? Please help.

  20. Hey Josh, I’m a Canadian student from the University of Toronto. I have just recently graduated from U of T with a CGPA of 2.66, although my grades do not represent who I am. I was competing at the top level of amateur boxing throughout my undergrad and my grades always suffered as a result. I was wondering what my chances were of getting into law school if I waited four years to apply as a mature student? If I killed the LSAT would I still be able to get in? I’m currently in Thailand teaching English to underprivileged children, and am also looking to volunteer at animal shelters, as well as get my 200 hour yoga teaching certification to try and demonstrate personal growth. What do you think? I’d like to go to law school in Canada, but am open to going to the US or the UK as well.

  21. Hello! Are all the books the latest edition? Some are 2017 edition, so I was wondering if the 2018 Edition was available?

    Thank you!

    • My books are the 2017 edition because at the time I purchased them, 2018 were not out yet. I do believe the 2018 edition can be purchased now though!

  22. Hello! I have recently purchased the LSAT bible trilogy along with the LSAC books you recommend to go along with the 2 month study plan. I took the June 2007 LSAT to get a baseline score and see which areas need improvement. I scored a 148 which is not exactly where I wanted to start off, but not horrible I suppose for someone just jumping into it for the first time. Ideally I would like to score 160-162 taking the Feb. LSAT coming up. I can push it off until June if I a feel I am not ready, however, is there anything you can recommend to improve my score between now and then? I intend to study for 4-5 hours each day at minimum Monday-Friday as well as take the Powerscore accelerated class at the end of January.

    I appreciate any feedback!!

    • My books are the 2017 edition because at the time I purchased them, 2018 were not out yet. I do believe the 2018 edition can be purchased now though!

  23. Hi guys!!

    I am currently taking 18 credits at my university during this semester, and I am taking another 18 credits in the upcoming spring semester to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. I wish to go to law school, and ideally I would have liked to start this time next year (fall semester). However, I have not yet taken my LSAT. I was wondering when I should register to take my LSAT, I want to be mindful of my heavy work load currently, and I work in addition to this. Can one register to take the LSAT without first officially graduating? Just trying to get an idea of when I could take it/go to law school.

    Thank you!!

  24. Please Help me. I have been studying for the Lsat since June starting with the Powerscore Logic Reasoning Bible. Then I took a Powerscore Class and for my diagnostic test, I got a 140. And from there, I have been studying for 6-7 hours a day practicing games and logical reasoning and only went up 6 points in two months. Now that I continue to take full length practice tests every Saturday and Sunday, my score is going down. I do feel like I wasted money on the course because I have yet to see significant progress AND in the time! I am willing to study, I was wondering if I was overstudying. I need help

  25. How can I add Reading Comp into my 3month study schedule planner that I purchased on this website. After looking over the study schedule I did see it pop up I believe in week 6, but I do want to work on it earlier? Please get back to me when you can ! Thank you

    • You can always add it in earlier, but you usually improve in RC after you’ve mastered the LR section as they use similar skills. Plus drilling the RC is the best way to improve, you can start earlier but we have it in week 6, as it’s more important to master LR and LG first.

  26. I just purchased the 3 month study plan! I took a course last year and the methodology presented did not work for me.

    • Sarish,

      I’m so glad you found the 3 month study plan! So many students tell me that they spent $1000+ on an LSAT prep course without seeing much improvement. Then, they follow our study schedule for only $20 and realized that they should have done that in the first place! Good luck with your prep, Sarish!

      Best,
      Joshua Craven

  27. Daniela Silva on

    Hi Joshua and Evans. My first diagnostic was a 148. After months of prep, I was able to raise my score to 168. However, it has been two weeks since I have seen any progress. As a matter of fact, I’m getting worse. It started by 2 or 3 points down, but I just took a practice test and I went down to 161. It has been a long time since I have scored that low. I’m becoming frustrated. I don’t know if it is because I’m mentally exhausted, but I just can’t move forward. I took a 5 day break, but nothing is working. Just so you have an idea, I started preparing for the 2017 September LSAT since December of 2016. I started by studying twice a week and I have increased my studying slowly. I’m currently doing 4 to 5 days a week, 6-8 hrs per day. What are your thoughts?

    • Daniela,

      1) It is very common for people to hit a plateau, and I tend to find that the 165-168 range is a very common place for people to plateau at. So going 2 weeks without seeing any improvement in your score isn’t something to worry about. It took me at least 4 weeks to break through that plateau into the 170s. You’ve just gotta keep pushing!

      2) Don’t confuse “no score improvement on a PT” with “no progress.” You’re learning, improving your skills, learning to recognize patters, sharpening your senses, building your stamina, etc. You’re just having a hard time putting it together on a single practice test.

      3) If you need a break, take one. You’ve been working hard and seeing improvement, and it sounds like you need to recollect yourself and get into a better head space.

      4) It is important to stay positive and embrace the challenge. People who view plateaus and setbacks too negatively often get frustrated and disengaged. See this as a challenge for you to overcome & relentlessly pursue your goals. This isn’t the first obstacle you’ve encountered as you’ve prepped for this test, and it isn’t likely to be your last, but you can overcome it if you stay focused, keep a positive attitude, and embrace a growth mindset.

  28. Hello. Just to clarify, I am planning on buying the 2 month LSAT study schedule along with the 9 LSAT books that were recommended. Does the study schedule go along with the 9 books recommended?

  29. Are these books applicable to the 2017 LSAT or do I need to look for updated versions of the books?

  30. Hi, Joshua

    I took the LSAT awhile back without preparing, other than familiarizing myself with the format, and scored a 163. Are you confident if I purchased these books you recommend, that I could get into the 170s?

    Thanks

    • I would certainly say that if someone starts with a cold diagnostic score of a 163, it is very possible for them to reach the 170+ range.

      Can I say that reading these books guarantees that you’ll see that improvement? No, of course not. Anyone who tells you they can guarantee you’ll score in the 170s by reading a few books is lying to you.

      However, what I can say with confidence is that if I were in your position today, getting those books and following an lsat study plan like our 3-month prep schedule is exactly what I would do to get my score up to 170+.

      From what you’ve told me, you seem to be in a great starting place & you’ve got a lot of potential, so go for it, Matt!

      Good Luck,
      Josh

  31. Hi Josh,

    I just purchased the 10 week study schedule and the books but I did not purchase the mastermind study group membership. I was going over the schedule and it seems that a lot of the optional study material is only available is you purchase the membership. My question is will the schedule still work if I do not purchase the membership and just use the other 9 books?

    • Hi Yesha –

      Yes, you will be in good hands, just be sure to stay on track with the schedule! The schedule is meant to be completed with just the books. The Mastermind Group as it states in the schedule is optional and not required.

      The MasterMind Group is a great addition for those students that want to expand their knowledge, desire feedback, extra motivation and to participate in weekly office hours.

      • Hey Josh,

        I purchased the 10 week schedule as well as all the books but on the schedule it seems that we will also need the super prep 2 book as well which is not on your list of books to buy. So my question is will I need to purchase the superprep 2 book as well?

        • The LSAT Superprep 2 is also listed as optional. You certainly don’t NEED to purchase it to fully utilize the LSAT study schedules, but if you really liked using the LSAT superprep 1, you may want to add the superprep 2, which is the same thing for 3 different preptests.

    • Joshua Craven on

      Yes, the optional lessons for LSAT mastermind group members are included at the request of our members in order to make it easier for them to incorporate our lessons into the schedule. They’re listed for the convenience of our members.

      However, these lessons are 100% optional & you do not need to join the mastermind group in order to fully utilize the schedules. While we’d love to have you in the group, Please don’t feel any pressure to join just because you are using the schedule.

  32. Hi Josh – what are the best online resources for LSAT Practice Test Explanations? 7Sage has LG, but I’m having trouble finding a one-stop shop for LR and RC. Thanks!

  33. Hi , please let me know why have you selected only certain prep tests in your recommended 9 books , from June 2007 every prep test seems to be in today’s format manisha

    • Are you talking about the 40s PrepTest? That book was only released last year and the other PTs are unpublished and very expensive. We skip the 40s so people have fresh material if they need a retake. We also recommend people get PTs 72-80 in our schedules. Hope that helps.

  34. Hi Josh! Got a quick question for you. Fairly new to studying for the lsat (aka I have no idea what I am doing…yet). So, I have already purchased the Powerscore bibles and found their three month outline online yesterday. I was planning on using their outline but found out that the additional material they filter in to the weekly exercises includes both the Powerscore Type Training Trilogies and the Powerscore Workbook Trilogy’s, equaling close to an extra $200 (not including the practice tests which are nearly the exact same ones you recommend).

    So my question… Do you know much about the other Powerscore Trilogies? Worth it? Seems like your outline and theirs is very similar minus the additional Trilogies. I wouldn’t mind saving a couple of hundred dollars and yet still getting a great outline (purchasing your three month) if you DON’T recommend the trilogies.

    Thanks!

    • I have not used the workbooks, but from my understanding, they use the actual LSAT questions. You might save time on doing drills by not having to look them up in the PTs, but maybe you should get our schedule and save $180 🙂

      Our schedules do cost $20, but they provide a ton of great advice, follow the PTs with drills and test assignments and the PowerScore Books, so they are unique in that fashion. Plus we are about to release the 2017 edition of the schedules and they have links to all of our free lessons on this site as an added bonus.

      • Hi, Joshua, I’m wondering if the books that you provided have newer editions. It says these books were made back in 2007 and its 2017 now.

  35. Hi Joshua and thank you for your article I find it super helpful !

    Just a quick question for you, so I just did the LSAT yesterday for the first time and I want to do it again in June. I now know where my weaknesses are and what I need to work on. Timing wasn’t an issue for me personally I found the length of the exam more exhausting. I think I got lucky and only got ONE LG section which was my worst section.

    Anyway, my “quick” question is show I just go through the list of the books you mentioned in your article or purchase the 16-week self study book? I’m refering to the lawschooli 16-week study schedule and the list of 9 books you recommended. I’m the type of person that studies best with ONE method and one method ONLY. I can’t commit to like two different ways of studying because I find it stressful and time consuming.
    So which path do you honestly recommend? I mean there’s a big difference in the price the 16-week is $20 and the list of books is a total of $300- money isn’t an issue, but it just makes me think how can $20 cover EVERYTHING ?

    Let me know your thoughts I’m looking to purchase one of the two pretty soon and get back into it.

    Regards,

    Negar

    • Negar,

      Our LSAT study schedules are to be used in CONJUNCTION with these books.

      After I began recommending these LSAT prep books, the most frequently asked question I got was along these lines: “okay, now that I have all of the best LSAT prep books, what is the best way to work through them?”

      If you’re going to buy ONE or the OTHER, then you certainly should buy the books rather than my schedule.

      If you buy the books and want to know how to work through them in the most effective and efficient way possible, then buy my schedule as well.

      If you buy the books and want additional support (via weekly office hours sessions & private forms), along with supplementary lessons designed to compliment the above books, join the LSAT mastermind study group.

  36. First of all thanks so much for this and all of your help. This and the LSAT study schedule post are insanely helpful. I also appreciate posting the LSAT medians and percentiles.

    Quick question regarding prep books, though:

    My buddy currently in law school lent me some books- one of them is the Super Prep so that’s all good. However, the other two are Kaplan- Workbook and a Premier book. Could I substitute the other 8 recommended books for these? Or say I got the Powerscore Bible trilogy and nothing else- could the questions in the Kaplan book suffice? Or would I learn different techniques from the Premier book (it says it’s used in junction with a course, whereas I am self-studying)?

    Maybe I’ll bite the bullet and buy the other 8 books but it’s so expensive…Might start out small.

    • You could skip the RC Bible, although most people do purchase it, which is why we include it. If you buy all three together sometimes amazon has them on special. We do not recommend the Kaplan books.

      Most top scoring use the PowerScore Books.

  37. Alexandra VandeMerkt on

    Hi Josh,

    Two questions:

    I bought the 6 month test schedule and I noticed that the schedule advises jumping around from different sections and books. What is the benefit of doing that instead of going through all of the bibles one at a time. Also, why is the schedule jumping around to different chapters instead of doing it right in a row? As well as, what is the benefit of jumping around to different test and questions instead of just working through each test?

    The lsat test trainer is not listed as a recommended reading, but it is listed in the schedule every week. Is the book beneficial?

    • You want to make sure that you are staying on top of all areas. If you do all LG and then do all LR, we have found that students regress on their progress. There are also some LG skills that support LR and some LR that help you improve in LG.

      The real test is mixed work, but you need to be a specialist in each question type first. When you skip in a drill list, you are practicing all one type of question.

      The LSAT trainer is listed as an optional book in the 6-month schedule if people want an additional resource.

  38. I took logic last semester and received an A. Would a more advanced study of logic alongside the Powerscore books help? Or is what you learn of logic in the books sufficient for a best score?

  39. Hello, I am now two months into the four month study plan i acquired from your site. I have a follow up question regarding LSAC gap. After high school graduation i went straight to a university. After a year i took a year off to go do mission work. After that year i took one semester before working full time to save money so that i could transfer to the international university i dreamed of going to. I am now going into my last year here and am wondering what courses will be used in my final gap. For graduation at my university they only accepted 15 units from my initial university so i have completed everything through my current university. Will the LSAC take just the grades used to go into my degree or will they take into account the courses i took that did not help me graduate?

  40. Ashley Tanas on

    Hi!
    Does anyone have any recommendations for formal logic reading? I took a Kaplan class and their explanations of formal logic seemed incomplete to me? Wanted to get a handle on the formal logic before I dove in to the full-on LSAT studies again…..except this time, I’m doing Josh and Evans route!
    Formal logic suggestions would be much appreciated!
    Ashley

  41. Hi Joshua,

    I will be completing my first year has an undergraduate student in June. Would you recommend starting LSAT prepping now?

    I’ve worked over 13 years in the legal sector, with extensive legal knowledge, so I do know law school is where I am headed.

    • I have the same question as Lisa, Joshua. What do you think of starting to study (or getting familiar) with the LSAT as a sophomore in college? My plan would be to work on each of the sections each semester and then dedicate two semesters to do practice tests?

      Thanks!

  42. Hi – I took the free LSAT sample on the LSAC site with appropriate time contraints, and got a 162 (cold) (Link: http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/sampleptjune.pdf). I am suspicious that the test might no have been accurate – is this the case? I have not done any preparation whatsoever yet, and am working on the LSAT throughout this summer, with a goal of scoring consistent 175+ by late July. Also, should I purchase the tests after PrepTest 71?

  43. Douglas Stratton on

    What’s up guys.

    I have been following your 16-week schedule since January, modifying it to fit in with my school and internship schedule. My score has augmented from a 147 diagnostic to consistently 161-163 (163 twice on the past 2/3 practice exams) range with 5 weeks left till the June LSAT. I have scaled back on the weekly tests suggested as to focus on problem areas and understanding how to attack each sections efficiently and in time frame allotted. The biggest help has been reviewing previous completed tests with the LSAT Hacks and going through each LR section again to go over the process of how to eliminate wrong answers. My only concern is with RC because the Trainer only has 3 specialized sections for it so I will have to supplement elsewhere. My goal is a 167+ on the June exam and I am only 5-8 Raw Score questions off from that range.

    Thank you for providing the materials so that I wouldn’t have to rely on inadequate and expensive online classes or materials that do not provide a substitute for hard work.

  44. Excellent site you have got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours nowadays.

    I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  45. Sameen Rizvi on

    Hi, I have recently completed my undergrad and am interested in applying for law school. However, I am not sure how to get started with LSATS preparation. I have 4 months to prepare. Can you please guide me how I should plan my study?

  46. Hello Joshua,

    My name is Stephen. I just want to thank you for the recommended books. I purchased all 9 and I also purchased the 3 workbooks to go with the LRB, RCB, and LGB. I am very interested in your 16 week study schedule but I wanted to know if you have anything longer. I am taking the September ’16 test and just wanted to know if you think I should follow the 16 week schedule or something new. I’m looking to purchase one of them ASAP! I also wanted to know if you think I have to purchase the LSAT Trainer and the Official LSAT Superprep II to add to my reading/studying regime?? I have 12 books currently….

    -Stephen

  47. Hey Joshua,

    I am planning to take either the October 2016 or December 2016 LSAT. I work a relatively demanding job about 60-70 hours a week, and want to give myself plenty of time to study. What are your takes on starting studying too early, or spending too much time on LSAT prep? Is there credence to the idea of peaking early or burning out? I wont be able to realistically start studying diligently until May due to prior work obligations which would leave me about 5 months for October or 7 months for December.

    Thanks

  48. Hi Joshua!

    Thanks for all of the great advice up above. I took a Testmaster’s prep course the summer of 2014. I was supposed to take the September 2014 LSAT but did not feel prepared (My score did not improve much. I started off in the low 150s and by the end of the course I was scoring in the mid to high 150s). I am now beginning my LSAT studies again after 2 years and am lost as to what to do. I’ve opened the books back up and am having to relearn a lot of the material, however as I go I am remembering some stuff but not all. I do not want to take another prep course as I don’t think it will help much. Most of the time in the prep course, I would catch on to stuff fairly quickly and then would end up bored as the instructor had to walk it through step by step for everyone else. Yet, as I am going back through my Testmaster’s books, I’m confused because the books don’t seem to be really made for self-studying (a lot of things aren’t explained because the instructor would explain them). I’m hesitant to switch to another organizations books though because I’m worried that the techniques won’t be the same and I will end up confusing myself. My goal is a 170 and I do not have a deadline for when I need to take the test. I plan on studying for however long it takes for me to consistently hit in the 170s. I currently am not working, however, I am job hunting so I could begin working again at any moment. So please, any advice you have would be SO helpful.

  49. Hi there! I’m also taking the LSAT in June and just wanted to make sure that all of these books provided by the Amazon link are still effective study materials. Please let me know! Thank you.

  50. Douglas Stratton on

    Hey guys,

    I take the June 2016 LSAT and I have purchased all the books as well as the 4 month schedule which starts on February 14th (great Valentines Day event). I went ahead and took the first LSAT SuperPrep test and scored a 147 after taking a nap so poor conditions. I read through 17 chapters of the LSAT Trainer to get a head start. Is it harmful that I went through those chapters over the course of three weeks then go through them once more following the schedule? My goal is a 170-172 for Vanderbilt so I want to be diligent. Any further suggestions would be awesome, I noticed a struggle with making the LR Flaw connection and some wording misunderstanding but consistently scoring about 60-80% of my questions correct. Thank you guys so much and I do really like the purchased 16-week schedule from this website.

    Douglas Stratton

    • Douglas,

      Thank you for the positive feedback on the 16 week study schedule! Im glad to hear that you are liking it.

      If you’ve already gone through some of the recommended reading laid out in the study schedule (in your case, the LSAT trainer), you have 2 options:

      1) re-read the material
      or
      2) skip ahead in the schedule

      both options are viable, and your decision whether to reread the trainer or skip ahead to the bibles really depends on your situation…

      Option 1) If you’re certain that you’ll have time to get through the rest of the material without falling behind, then it might be beneficial to go through the trainer again. Most people (myself included) are only able to absorb and retain a relatively small % of what we read, particularly when we’re reading dense technical material like these LSAT prep books. If you decide to go this route, then you should be able to get through the material a bit faster than someone who is reading it for the first time, so you may want to push through the schedule at a faster pace (maybe aim to get through the first 2 weeks of the schedule in only 1 week).

      Option 2) On the other hand, I definitely want to see everyone get through the LGB and LRB, along with plenty of drilling… so if you think that there is any chance that you could fall behind schedule, then it’d be in your best interest to skip ahead in the schedule and start working on the bibles first. Then, if you’re on schedule & you feel the need to go back through the LSAT trainer a second time, you can do so once you’ve worked through the bibles.

      Overall, option #2 is probably the safer route, as it ensures that you get through all of the recommended resources while still allowing you the flexibility to go through the trainer again if time allows, so I’d probably recommend this approach.

      • Douglas Stratton on

        Thank you so much. Another question about the prep schedule. The last 8-9 weeks on the schedule list only practice tests are the prep material. I know the last 4 weeks deserve 6-8 hours of studying per day, so is this particular 8 week time meant for revisiting lessons from previous prep guides and focus on correcting mistakes or making further connections?

        Thanks again.

  51. Some of the books are for really old test from the early 2000’s and are missing comprehension type questions, the superchamp book is from 2007 and so forth. So are these books still relevant?

    • The older preptests are still a very good resource to use, particularly early in your prep. You want to save the newest tests as full, timed practice tests during the last month or two of your prep. The LSAT occasionally changes in relatively minor ways, but it has DEFINITELY not changed enough to render these older preptests obsolete.

      I’m not sure what you mean by “comprehension type questions”… but perhaps you are referring to reading comprehension comparative reading passages? On the most recent tests, there will be one comparative reading passage in the Reading Comprehension section. Older preptests do not include this particular passage type, but you’ll need to apply the same set of skills on comparative reading passages that you apply to any other RC passage, so drilling RC passages from older PTs will still be helpful (especially since 3/4 passages are still in the same format that has always been used).

      You certainly do need to make sure that you work through the newest preptests before test day, but most high-scorers will work through at least some questions from most of the older PTs as well.

  52. Delonte crosby on

    Just trying to get a good enough LSAT that will land me into law school. I’ve been at taking the LSAT for a while now. Let’s just day say that I’m not in yet. My last score was 134 that I got in December. Plan to take in June. Hope should I prep.I do work and don’t know if I can do 8 hours straights a day. I hope that this will be the last time that I take the LSAT. Hope that you can help me with this. 4 months of studying is what I have.

    Thanks and awaiting reply,

    Delonte.

    • Delonte,

      Don’t get discouraged too much by low LSAT preptest scores early in your prep. This test takes a while to wrap your head around, and even longer to master. There is a steep learning curve that you’ve gotta get over. Please take my advice and get the LSAT bibles if you haven’t already done so. They are honestly the best resource available to help you learn this stuff. Read them. Reread them. Drill PT questions by question type. Refer back to the bibles to ensure that you’re applying the techniques to your drilling.

      You don’t have to prep 8 hours straight every day, but you do have to be diligent & consistent. Cancel your netflix membership. Put your cable TV subscription on hold. Tell your friends you’ve gotta spend the weekend studying. Spend as much time as possible studying for this test & you’ll start seeing improvements.

      Good Luck!

  53. NAWANG AGRAWAL on

    Hello Joshua & Evan,

    It seems you two are doing great job helping people across the globe. I am planning to sit for February 2016 LSAT Testing Window. I am very new to LSAT and its Preparation Strategy. I wish to inform that I would be able to sit and study 7 hours each day till exam date for thorough preparation. I am looking to start from scratch and I do not know which books should I be purchasing at this point of time. Should I go for Official LSAT materials, Manhattan Sets or Kaplan? If I select any 1 or 2 of those Sets mentioned, what would be my preparation strategy & focus areas? How would I be tackling from start till end of preparation till exam day all topics / sections covered under LSAT in an accurate & time-bound manner? What should I be doing at the initial stage and then through mid-way preparations? How many Mock Test should I focus on rather than jumping on all Materials at 1 shot? How do I go about from here on with exactly 2 months left for LSAT Exams on 28th February 2016?

    Please revert on all the above and allow me to ask as many questions as I can to clear the doubting air in my mind?

    Thanks & Awaiting Reply,

    Nawang

  54. Hi guys,

    Thanks for all the helpful stuff on this site.

    I am taking the February LSAT and and have been prepping for almost two months. I scored a 160 on my first diagnostic test and have since improved, but only to the mid-upper 160 range. I generally score in between 165-169, and haven’t seen improvement over the last 6 or so practice tests. I go over my wrong answers everytime and generally understand why I was wrong and try to think of ways to avoid similar mistakes, but I haven’t improved much. I’ve been through all the powerscore bibles as well. Any advice on how to improve further?

    Thanks,

    Chris

  55. Hi guys,

    I’m a first year undergrad at university of Toronto. I’m doing a double major in history and philosophy. It’s early for me but I want to start early as i already know my reading and writing skills are not up to the mark.
    Do you have any recommendations for the kind of books I should read that will help improve my comprehension and writing skills in terms of the lsat. I want to take time from my pleasure readings and use that to read material that would also help me prepare for the lsats. Thank you

    -Nida

  56. For undergrad students on a tight budget who may not necessarily get all 5 PrepTest books, would it be more beneficial start with the most recently published PrepTest books, or would it make much of a difference? I’m an undergrad junior looking to take the February 2016 LSAT.

  57. Hello,

    I’ve seen this question posted here, but haven’t seen a response yet. I recently purchased the 12-Week LSAT Schedule, and I’m confused why there are 10 recommended books on the schedule, but only 9 here. There seems to be some confusion regarding The LSAT Trainer (not on this list, but on the schedule), The Reading Comprehension Bible (on this list, but not on the schedule), and The LSAT Preptest 72 (not on this list, but on the schedule). Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I look forward to utilizing and following this website throughout my studying journey.

    Thanks guys!

  58. Hello!
    I have recently committed to the idea of going to Law School and am starting to prepare for the LSAT. I will be graduating in the Fall of 2016, and will be applying for Law School for Fall of 2017. I was thinking I was going to take the February LSAT, but some people have warned against that. I wanted to give myself ample time, in case I don’t as well as I would like, to take the June or even October LSAT. What would your advice be? Should I take it in February?

    Also, what do you think about Blueprints LSAT online course? I have bought the books you recommend but feel like the extra course work will really help me out and keep me on track.

    Thank you!
    Payton

  59. Hey Evan!

    So, I’m from Canada and I’m planning on taking the LSAT in December and I need a high score to balance my low cGPA (currently sits at a 3.56). I wanna hit a 180, but that might be a little farfetched and within 175-179 would make me happy too. I’ve read the Powerscore LR Bible and did some practice with it in June-July, but then I did a Criminology course in Italy this past summer and have to push back taking the LSAT (was originally going to do it in October), and I’m worried about applications to law schools not only in Canada, but in the U.S. as well without an LSAT score?

    Any advice?

    Thanks!

  60. Hi Guys,

    I purchased the LSAT Trainer, the Official LSAT Super Prep II, and the 10 Official LSAT Tests 52 – 61, with the intention of taking the October LSAT. Unfortunately I haven’t been very organized, and I feel like I’m behind from where I want to be in my prep. I’m trying to cram too much material into too little time and I feel burnt out. Due to this, I have decided to take the LSAT in December instead. I want to supplement the LSAT Trainer with something else and I am planning on signing up for the Mastermind Group. However, considering how much time I have until the December LSAT and taking into consideration that I was to restart the LSAT Trainer from the beginning, do you think it would be feasible for me to also take the Blueprint Online LSAT Test Prep and/or work through the Powerscore Bibles? Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks so much!
    Angela

      • Hi Gary,

        I’m not opting out of the LSAT Trainer at all. I’m half way through it and I like it, but I feel that up to this point I’ve just been trying to power through it. I’m going to start it again from the beginning and really focus on the LR sections, that I feel I didn’t really focus enough on. There’s 12 weeks until the December LSAT and I feel that I can be through with the LSAT Trainer in 4 weeks (2 sections a day for 5 days/week, 6th day/week a practice test, 7th day/week review of the practice test). I could stretch it out to 8 weeks too by doing 1 section a day. I’m going to be signing up for the Mastermind Group, but I feel like I should be supplementing the LSAT trainer with something as well. Right now, I’m just trying to figure out with (i.e. Powerscore Bibles, Blueprint Online LSAT Prep, or ?) or if the LSAT Trainer, Mastermind Group, and the practice tests will be more than sufficient.

        • Angela,

          I see. I’m taking the LSAT in February and have purchased their 16wk schedule. I have the trainer, 2015 ed power score bibles, Super prep, etc. As much as I would love to join the mastermind study group, im a bit skeptical because I am seeing now that these guys haven’t responded to any comments in months. Id hate joining the group and have the same outcome when I’m stuck or simply want to ask them a question. Would you mind emailing me directly so I could pick your brain as I am just about to begin my studies?

  61. Zachary Henson on

    Hello! I was just curious about a part of the Logic Games portion of the test. I have just begun studying and only took 3 or 4 practice tests. I am still getting a feel for each of the 3 sections. The section I am having the most trouble with is the Logic Games portion. I do great on the basic linear games and usually really good on the advanced linear games as well as most grouping games. I struggle with the Pure Sequencing games in certain instances though. I really have a hard time with the Mapping Games and other games that do not appear on the LSAT according to statistics. I was curious as to what the chances are that I would come across one of these games on a future LSAT or if I should just establish all of my focus on the sections I am most probable to see. Thanks for your help!

  62. Hey guys,

    i wrote to you about a month ago,but never heard anything back. I took the June Lsat and I Bombed it. I am taking the December Lsat, What Advise would you give me to move up from a 126. Yeah that’s real real low. I know

  63. Hi! I’m Studying for the December LSAT. I wanted to take advantage of the free time that I have over the summer compared to what I will have this coming semester. They say that Junior year is the hardest and I doubt that it helps when you have an overloaded semester plus extracurriculars. My question is how you managed to balance your time between studying, classes, homework, and anything else you may have had going on. I have already made decisions to cut some things out of my life such as being a member the golf team (which took hours out of my day and had practices a half an hour away from campus 4 days a week). I’m already expecting to be less busy with around 20 more hours a week but I’m still nervous that with senior level classes I will not have much time to study.

    • Joanna,

      Great question! Time management is one of the issues that I see people struggle with the most.

      Evan recently answered a similar question in our private LSAT Mastermind Group forums that is very relevant:

      Tip #1

      You may want to study longer than 3 months. I was able to do it in 3 months (actually a hair less), but I had everything else going for me: no overtime, a peaceful home environment out in the country, pretty good natural ability at the LSAT, and a job that kept me active and moving during the day so my brain wasn’t already exhausted at night. Current research suggests that people can only do about 6 hours a day of good quality intellectual labor a day. If you are using all that up on the job, studying is going to be very difficult.

      If you can get rid of any time-consuming commitments without altering the course of your life for the worse, consider it. If you are definitely headed to law school, it’s worth sacrificing a lot to direct your full attention to the LSAT.

      If you aren’t prepping under ideal conditions, consider a longer course of study, such as 5, 6 or even more months. That won’t mean you can slack or study once a week, but it will mean you are under less mental pressure and can study for 1-2 good hours most days, rather than the 3-5 hours per day that I think it takes to study properly in 3 months or less.

      Tip #2

      Study in the morning during the week if you can. Either works, but I think people do better studying when it’s the first thing they do rather than the last each day. This is especially true if your job/classes require exhausting intellectual labor. You’ll be shot when you get home. Better to feel shot in the afternoon, having already got some good study under your belt.

      Exercise, sleep well and do not drink heavily, if at all. No one has time to go to work or school full-time, do enough LSAT prep, AND maintain an active social life of partying ’til the wee hours on the weekend. I was a big partier through my 20s, and even I was able to cut it out while studying for the LSAT. In all honesty, I think that may have been the single-most important thing I did.

      Partying not your thing? Maybe your thing is watching TV. Maybe your thing is Facebook, instagram, twitter or pinterest. Maybe your thing texting or talking on the phone. Partying was my thing that I had to cut out. Yours may be different. But everyone has a thing. If you’re honest with yourself, then you’ve probably already thought of at least a couple of things that waste your time & could easily be cut out of your life (at least temporarily). If you don’t have something in mind already, if you truly can’t think of anything that you waste time on, then you’re either the most INCREDIBLY productive person ever… or you’re not being totally honest with yourself.

      Study hours can’t come out of sleep time, either. I saw a lot of New Yorkers try to do this when I tutored there, and it really didn’t work. Prepping for the LSAT isn’t like cramming for finals in undergrad. All-nighters may have been helpful when you had to get that paper in before the deadline, but that strategy isn’t going to work when it comes to prepping for the LSAT. You’ve gotta be well-rested when you prep or you’re just going to be wasting your time.

      Tip #3

      Be patient and flexible, but committed. You may have to postpone to a later test date if you aren’t making the progress you desired. Don’t be too hard on yourself if this happens— the majority of students I’m seeing hit the 170+ range on test day have either postponed to a later test date than they first signed up for OR they earned that score on a retake. When you do decide to take this thing, you need to commit 100%. If you shirk your LSAT duties, you are just wasting your own time and won’t be prepared no matter how many times you push the LSAT back. If you find you don’t have the mental energy to commit to both the LSAT and work and/or school now, stop studying and figure out a way that you can make the commitment for real in the future. I have literally never seen anyone get a good score by just poking at the LSAT once a week in a haphazard fashion. It just doesn’t happen.

      Our schedules give you a good idea of the total work that goes into this. It’s a lot. If you want to maximize your score, you need to have done that amount of in a focused manner before you walk into a test center.”

      Hope this helps!

      If you’re really serious about crushing the LSAT, I’d love to see you join the LSAT Mastermind Group. Once you join, you’ll have access to the private forums 24 hours a day + live office hours/webinars every Sunday & Tuesday. Evan & I are always more than happy to help our members with the specifics of their schedule & you’ll also have the full support of hundreds of other members, many of whom are also trying to balance full-time work/school while they prep. If you’re really serious about getting into a great law school, then I think you’d fit in really well!

      Let me know if you have any questions or click here to sign up for the LSAT Mastermind Group.

      Best,
      Joshua Craven

      • Joshua,

        I recently purchased the 14 WEEK study guide and I have question regarding the books; does it matter if you are using the 2013 versions of the bibles and the other recommended readings or should we be using the 2015 versions?

        Thanks. You are welcome to email me directly.

  64. Thank you so much for this extremely helpful website! My question is similar to ismahene’s: I am studying for the October LSAT and am following the 12-week study guide and book list provided on your website. I looked over the schedule today noticed that the book list is different on the study guide (includes the Trainer, doesn’t include the RC Bible) than on your website. Do you have an updated version of the study guide to include the changes, or better, one that includes both the Trainer and the RC Bible? Thanks!

  65. Looking over your 3 month study guide raised some questions to me. Should I completely read one book first than read the others? Or should i be reading different chapters different books throughout each week?

  66. Hi! I’m an incoming undergrad student who is interested in attending law school. Are there any suggestions/advice you could give me to prepare for the long road ahead of me?

  67. Hi-
    I took the LSAT in Sept. and have been meaning to get rid of my prep books. I have the LSAT trainer, and all 5 volumes of the “actual official” series of prep tests from the LSAC, so 50 total PTs. I bought them all brand new and didn’t write in them hardly at all so I’m sure someone would love to save a few bucks buying them secondhand. Any tips for where/when I can resell these? I was thinking perhaps people look on here before craigslist… How soon after June LSAT are people looking to buy prep books for the Sept. test? Randomly, I also have a lot of old testmasters books (from a friend) before I realized the Trainer was the way to go. Don’t know if anyone even wants them?! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!