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 a few of these LSAT Prep gimmicks and fake stuff, and ScoreItUp’s response.
1. Fake Student Comments
Unfortunately, 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. Others, selling LSAT Prep books, encourage students to “self-study” and buy their books. Some of these companies have spent years creating “dummy profiles” to make these anonymous “students” look legitimate.
ScoreItUp’s Response: ScoreItUp is the only LSAT Prep company in the nation (to my knowledge) that (1) publicly states that it has never posted a fake student comment on any website, and (2) publishes a complete, unedited and independently verifiable set of student evaluations and (3) a separate set of unedited undergraduate (UCI) student evaluations. Please visit “Student Comments” for more details.
2. Fake (Or Unknown) Classroom Hours
It is hard to figure out how many live (classroom) course hours one actually gets in some live 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 (make sure you read their fine print!).
ScoreItUp’s Response: The number of live classroom hours should be clearly stated and…well…live! ScoreItUp’s live courses offer more classroom hours than anyone. In addition, ScoreItUp’s entire online course, as well as my online tutorials on the Personal Statement and Writing Sample, are included for free…and my “live” courses do not include “online” hours in the advertised number of total course hours.
3. 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: I use only real LSAT questions (official LSAT questions from previously released LSATs) for all live and online video lessons, mock exams, and homework assignments. Also, ScoreItUp’s live students receive physical copies of the LSAC’s SuperPrep II book and LSAT practice exams, and not just “electronic access.” As a result, you don’t need to print the exams out and you don’t “lose access” to them – you can continue practicing with them after the course is over.
4. 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: I have never cancelled a LSAT Prep course on any student due to low enrollment or for any other reason.
5. Fake Higher Score Guarantees
These aren’t exactly fake, they just contain lots of fine print that render them virtually meaningless, and only pay off in the event of LSAT failure.
ScoreItUp’s Response: Fortunately, to my knowledge, no students in my courses have failed in a manner that would trigger the “guarantee” that these companies offer. Instead, I offer a guarantee that is far more important: i.e., guaranteeing who the instructor teaching your course will be. However, if a “higher score guarantee” is important to you, I also offer a “matching” higher score guarantee: if you find a higher score guarantee that provides a better deal than ScoreItUp’s course, just let me know before you enroll and I likely will match it: you will have the option of getting the same terms, the same guarantee, and the same fine print that they offer.