Best LSAT Prep Books

Instructor: Andrea Losa
If you plan to get ready for the Law School Admissions Test using books, you'll want materials that provide accurate, up-to-date information about the test, contain many practice questions and drills, and offer opportunities for additional learning and assistance. Learn about the best current LSAT books to determine which option --or options -- suits your needs.

Official LSAT Practice Books

The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), which administers the LSAT, offers The Official LSAT SuperPrep and SuperPrep II practice books. These books offer the following features to help you get ready for the LSAT:

  • 3 full-length practice exams in each book
  • Detailed information on individual sections
  • Answer explanations
  • Sample questions
  • Writing samples
  • Test-taking strategies and directions

LSAC has additional resources to help applicants prepare for the LSAT. From the official LSAC website, test-takers can order such materials as The Official LSAT Handbook -- an official guide explaining in detail the skills evaluated on the test; The Official LSAT PrepTests -- released previous versions of the LSAT with self-scoring tools and eBook versions of the official released tests.

Kaplan LSAT Help Books

Kaplan offers many test prep options, including two LSAT prep books that take a comprehensive approach to the exam. The LSAT Premier 2015 features:

  • Test details and strategies
  • Information about each section of the exam
  • Over 1,000 practice questions and answer explanations
  • 6 recently released LSAT practice exams
  • DVD video lessons
  • Mobile prep tools accessible on your smartphone or tablet
  • Access to online LSAT help

Marketed as a companion book, LSAT Workbook 2015 with 1,000+ Real LSAT Questions includes:

  • Practice questions and breakdown of all answers
  • Access to online instruction
  • Four complete LSAT practice exams

PowerScore's LSAT Guides and Practice

Another test preparation service, PowerScore offers LSAT preparation products that concentrate on individual sections of the exam. For each of the three sections, PowerScore offers both a workbook, which provides extra practice with test strategies and test-taking techniques, and a bible. It's most well-known product is the PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible, by David Killoran, which presents readers with:

  • A breakdown of the Analytical Reasoning section of the exam
  • Information about each type of Logic Game found on the test
  • Strategies for solving each of the puzzles
  • General test-taking tips
  • Access to additional online test prep tools

Blueprint's Logic Games Help

In addition to offering a comprehensive LSAT prep course, Blueprint has a book that provides extensive assistance with the analytical reasoning section of the exam. The Blueprint for LSAT Logic Games includes:

  • Detailed assistance with 35 logic games from fairly recent LSATs
  • A year of access to online video explanations of all practice problems
  • Strategies for tackling the games

The LSAT Trainer

The LSAT Trainer by former developer of LSAT preparation courses, Mike Kim, emphasizes a strategic approach to each section of the exam. The book features:

  • Test-taking drills
  • Instructions on how to approach each type of question
  • Around 200 real LSAT questions with answer explanations
  • Study schedules

Fox LSAT Books

Nathan Fox, who scored 179 on the LSAT in 2007, has produced a series of LSAT help books that correspond to his line of LSAT online and classroom courses. The books may also be purchased separate from the course. The Fox LSAT Logical Reasoning Encyclopedia: Disrespecting the LSAT contains:

  • Over 500 logical reasoning questions
  • Answer explanations for each question
  • Approaches for each type of logical reasoning question
  • Author contact information for LSAT questions

Fox also offers three volumes that take readers step-by-step through each question on a 2010 version of the LSAT and an introductory manual that provides a general overview of test concepts, Introducing the LSAT: The Fox Test Prep Quick & Dirty LSAT Primer.

Free LSAT Diagnostic Testing

In order to determine the types of prep books that would best suit your needs, taking a practice LSAT is essential. The Princeton Review and Kaplan both offer free, live practice tests that subject examinees to real test conditions and provide them with a breakdown of their performance on all three sections of the exam. To find a test date and location and to register, visit the official site of either of these services.

Online LSAT Prep Course

Study.com offers the LSAT Test: Online Prep & Review course in a similar format to an LSAT prep book, complete with chapters and individual lessons. This course includes features not found in a typical prep book:

  • Video lessons that use engaging graphics and animations to make learning fun.
  • Quizzes after each lesson that gauge your understanding of the material.
  • Answer sheets that refer you back to specific parts of each video for more training.
  • Progress monitoring lets you keep track of the quizzes you've passed and videos you've watched.
  • Expert instructors who lead our lessons and can answer any questions you have.
  • Chapter exams and a final exam that can help you familiarize yourself with the style of questions you'll encounter on the exam.

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