Taking a good LSAT Prep course is likely to be much better than relying upon “self-study” (if it’s a bad course you might as well study on your own!). However, even good courses use some gimmicks and fake stuff that don’t enhance one’s LSAT Prep experience.
See below for a list of some LSAT Prep gimmicks and fake stuff, and ScoreItUp’s response.
1. Fake (Or Unknown) Classroom Hours
It is hard to figure out how many live (classroom) course hours one actually gets in some LSAT Prep courses. Other companies seek to bolster the number of course hours in their “live” LSAT Prep courses by including “online” hours into their course hour totals.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp believes that live classroom hours should be clearly stated and…well…live! ScoreItUp offers different options, but its 108-hour, “full length 180” course offers more live classroom hours and proctored mock exams than any of its competitors (be sure to read their fine print to see how many live instruction hours you get!). ScoreItUp also includes its online video course for free, and does not include online hours in its advertised number of total course hours.
2. Fake Student Comments
Certain LSAT prep companies post fake student comments on their own website, internet chat sites, and other sites (e.g., yelp.com, amazon.com, etc.) – i.e., they pretend to be students on these sites, sing their company’s own praises and/or disparage competitors.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp is the only LSAT Prep company in the nation that (1) publicly states that it has never posted a fake student comment on any website, (2) publishes a complete, unedited and independently verifiable set of student evaluations, and (3) also publishes a complete, unedited, and independently verifiable set of University (UCI) student evaluations of its guaranteed instructor, Mark Sacks. Please visit “Student Comments” for more details.
3. Fake Teaching “Credentials”
An instructor’s teaching ability is critical to any course, including LSAT Prep. If the only “credential” an instructor offers is his/her LSAT score…well, that says very little about their ability to teach LSAT Prep (not to mention the fact that many instructors take the LSAT repeatedly, and post only their highest LSAT score).
ScoreItUp’s Response: Please see Instructor for a detailed description of Mark’s LSAT Prep teaching credentials and training in the “legal reasoning skills” tested on the LSAT. Mark took the official LSAT only once and scored in the 99th percentile…but he considers that his least significant qualification to teach LSAT Prep!
4. Fake LSAT Questions
To reduce LSAC licensing fees, many commercial books and companies include a lot of “fake” LSAT questions made up by their company in their books or courses. Other companies say they use “real” LSAT questions but then incorporate a lot of “fake” ones into their books or courses as well.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp uses only real LSAT questions (official LSAT questions from previously released LSATs) for all live and online video lessons, mock exams, and homework assignments.
5. Fake LSAT Prep Class Options
Some companies list a variety of different LSAT Prep class options, only to cancel the low-enrollment courses at the last minute. Many LSAT Prep students have found themselves in a very uncomfortable situation after this occurs.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp limits its live course offerings, and has never cancelled a LSAT Prep course on any student.