My New Book for LSAT Prep
Greetings, future law students. I’m dusting off the old blog, and I’ll be maintaining it. I’m starting off with a shout about my new book, LSAT 60 Dissected. I spent dozens of hours writing and editing this book, and I’m quite happy with the result. I can’t give you an unbaised review of it (but my biased review is…it’s great!) but I can tell you what’s in it:
As you might expect, it’s a detailed analysis of Prep Test 60 (June, 2010). It’s 160 pages long, and it tackles LSAT 60 question by question. It’s sort of a look in my brain as I’d approach each of the 99 questions from scratch, working for both accuracy and efficiency. Each question starts with a “Forethoughts” section – What am I thinking as I note the question type, read the passage, etc.? Then we evaluate each answer choice in turn, exploring the possibilities in some detail, choosing to eliminate it, select it, or defer a choice until we’ve looked at other choices. Finally, each question ends with an “Afterthoughts” section – what are the most important takeaway points from each question? What can you learn from that question that will help you a lot on other questions? What were the hints that suggested the right answer, or the traps that might have misled you to the wrong answer?
In the Logic Games section, there are multiple diagrams for each game, and in the Reading Comp section, there’s a general “Forethoughts” section not only for the question, but for the passages. At 1.6 pages per question, the questions are examined quite thoroughly, and I’ve tried very hard to highlight the most important things, and leave out the distractions and time-wasters. As an LSAT tutor/teacher, I’m very aware that you’re battling not only the test, but the clock.
Note that the book DOES NOT include Prep Test 60. To make use of the book, you have to have a copy already. If you don’t have a copy, you can download it at http://www.cambridgelsat.com or get it in the book “10 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests with Comparative Reading,” by Wendy Margolis, which includes tests 52-61. The reason that I didn’t include the test itself is that I would have had to pay licensing fees for the test and past those costs on to you, and some of you already have Prep Test 60. Moreover, because I’m only getting a percentage of the sale price, I would have had to raise the price of the book by more than you could by the test for, just to break even. So it’s cheaper for you this way, either way. It’s also kept the book at just $25, which is quite low as LSAT Prep Tests go.
It’s “only” an analysis of a single test, but it has information and is written in such a way that you’ll be able to apply the principles and ideas to any number of similar question types, games, etc. For instance, you get a lot of information on, say, attacking assumption questions in the Logical Reasoning section; you just get those tips in the context of the particular assumption questions that appeared on LSAT 60. But it’s all stuff you’ll be able to apply to assumption questions on any test. When I do private tutoring, typically, my students work on past exams, and when we get together, they’ve highlighted questions they missed or struggled with, and we talk through them. That’s pretty much the idea behind this book. If you’ve done LSAT 60 (or if you do it in the near future), then for any question you missed or struggled with, you’ll be able to get my thoughts on how you could have avoided the answer you chose – why it’s not as good as the credited answer – and also how you could have recognized the right answer when you saw it. I wrote the explanations as if, each time, a student had missed that particular question, and wanted to go over the question and each answer choice from the beginning.
Is it the best book ever written on the LSAT? Probably not. But it’s pretty good.
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