yelp2This was intended to be a “Top 10” list, but it just couldn’t be done! Please take a look below at 15 things students may want to consider when comparing ScoreItUp to other forms of LSAT Prep (click each link for more details).

1. Guaranteed Instructor = Company’s Owner.

Your LSAT score is the most important part of your law school application, and your instructor is going to be the most significant component of your LSAT Prep course. ScoreItUp does not use part-time student instructors, instructors without a law school education, or instructors lacking formal training in the legal reasoning skills tested on the LSAT. All ScoreItUp students get a written, money-back guarantee that Mark Sacks will teach all course lessons. As the company’s owner and founder, Mark has a vested personal interest in (1) the success of ScoreItUp students on both the LSAT and their law school applications, and (2) the quality of their LSAT Prep course and experience. That motivation and level of commitment is not going to be matched by a part-time or student instructor!

2. Extensive Teaching Experience.

Mark may not know his way around a slinky, and don’t let him cook you a lemon meringue pie, but you are unlikely to find an instructor anywhere with more relevant LSAT Prep teaching experience and expertise. Mark has devoted his entire professional career to teaching and working with the “legal reasoning skills” tested on the LSAT, including (a) teaching LSAT Prep to thousands of prelaw students, (b) teaching over 35 full-length law courses to undergraduate, graduate and working professional students (at UCI, Chapman and CSUF), (c) developing and teaching UCI’s undergraduate “Legal Reasoning and the Law” course (demonstrating the connection between the LSAT and real-world law cases), and (d) working with the LSAT’s “legal reasoning skills” as a civil litigator, criminal prosecutor and former law school student. After all, teaching LSAT Prep effectively requires a lot more than just a high LSAT score!

3. Unparalleled Student Results.

ScoreItUp focuses on providing instruction quality with unmatched clarity, simplifying the LSAT, and providing a more thorough and rigorous LSAT Prep course.  By doing so, ScoreItUp has helped its students (a) earn acceptance into the country’s top law schools, (b) earn full-tuition scholarships into top-tier and local California law schools, (c) set a world record for perfect 180 LSAT scores in one year, and (d) achieve an outstanding 15-point average practice LSAT score increase. And all that has come from using just one instructor in one location. Student results obviously vary but those are some impressive stats!

4. Excellent Student Evaluations.

The key to teaching LSAT Prep effectively is…teaching! One can review extensive student comments from ScoreItUp students on ScoreItUp’s website, as well as on yelp.com. Also, unlike certain LSAT Prep companies, ScoreItUp has never published a fake student comment on any website or internet chat site. You also are welcome to speak to former ScoreItUp students – just email Mark at mark@scoreitup.com for details!

5. More Live Instruction Hours, More Proctored Exams, and Better Prices.

ScoreItUp is the classic example of a local business that gives you more and charges you less by cutting out the middleman. ScoreItUp’s 108-hour “full-length 180” classroom course offers more live instruction hours, and more proctored mock exams, than any of its competitors (be careful to read the fine print – some companies include “online hours” in their “live” course hour totals!)…and ScoreItUp costs less money, provides FREE parking, uses outstanding classroom facilities to teach its live classes, and includes its online video course at no extra charge.  Shorter course options are available as well. You get more and pay less – who doesn’t like that?!

6. Unmatched Advice on the “Soft Factors” and Beyond.

Other LSAT Prep companies typically are founded by people who have no legal education or training.  They can’t come close to providing the intangible benefits that ScoreItUp provides.  Here are just a few examples of the added benefits – beyond just a much better LSAT score – of a live ScoreItUp course*:

  • invaluable advice on the “soft factors” of the admission process (personal statements, letters of recommendation, etc.),
  • detailed and clear instruction on the LSAT’s Writing Sample, which tests persuasive “legal writing skills” and can be an important “soft factor” in borderline cases,
  • assistance in choosing among law school options (after getting those acceptance letters!),
  • help negotiating law school scholarships (yes they are negotiable!),
  • advice on undergraduate and law school internships, studying for the State Bar, and getting jobs in the legal industry.

*Additional and more specifically tailored advice is available in personal tutoring sessions with Mark for live or online students.

7. Guaranteed “Legal Reasoning” Training and Experience.

The LSAT’s officially stated purpose is to test a student’s “legal reasoning” ability (i.e., the legal reasoning skills used in law school and the practice of law), as explained here. In order to teach the LSAT’s legal reasoning skills, an instructor should have legal reasoning skills! As stated above, Mark has devoted his entire professional career to working with the legal reasoning (and legal writing) skills tested on the LSAT. If you needed surgery, you would want your surgeon to have solid medical credentials and training – why not expect similar legal and teaching credentials in the person coaching you on the most important standardized exam you have ever taken?

8. LSAT Prep Made Fun…And Personable!

If you are looking for a dry, dull course taught by a humorless and impersonal instructor, ScoreItUp is not for you! Whether you appreciate Mark’s lighthearted approach to teaching complex material, or choose to attend ScoreItUp’s after-class happy hours, you are likely to find ScoreItUp courses are far more fun, inspiring and personable than you expected.  ScoreItUp also makes sure to take care of the small details too, in order to enhance a student’s LSAT Prep experience: classes are taught in excellent and well-lit facilities with comfortable chairs, large whiteboards, air-conditioning and at an ultra-convenient location.

9. “War Stories.”

Wild “summer associate” antics. Bizarre, comical, and intriguing criminal and civil cases. ScoreItUp believes strongly in making the learning process a fun, entertaining and useful one. Mark’s lessons routinely include “war stories” taken from his experiences as a civil litigator, criminal prosecutor and former law school student. These stories amplify lessons by providing (1) real-life examples that help illustrate and clarify the “legal reasoning” underlying LSAT questions, (2) information about job opportunities for lawyers, law students, and pre-law students, and (3) an entertaining look at how intriguing (and amusing) the legal profession can be.  Why not enjoy the added benefit of learning about the practice of law while preparing for the LSAT?!
10. Extensive and Well-Integrated Online Resources.

LSAT Prep does not stop when ScoreItUp’s lessons are done! ScoreItUp provides extensive online information, including (1) step-by-step methods and strategies for answering all types of LSAT questions on each section of the LSAT, (2) detailed summaries explaining all of the major LSAT topics, using only the best LSAT Prep material, (3) thorough explanations of a tremendous number of real LSAT questions, and (4) quizzes that reinforce key LSAT concepts.  ScoreItUp’s online resources are carefully synthesized to supplement and amplify Mark’s teaching, and to flow seamlessly with ScoreItUp’s live and online video lessons. As a result, students avoid problems that may occur when the teaching style of a student’s instructor differs from the company’s online resources.

11. Analysis Of The Most Challenging LSAT Concepts And Questions.

In addition to the basics, your LSAT Prep instructor should be able to help you with the most difficult LSAT questions!  ScoreItUp courses with Mark (1) explain even the most challenging LSAT concepts and questions, and (2) work heavily on timing issues to help students answer LSAT questions efficiently (a key part of LSAT success). Students learn how to answer these extremely challenging questions effectively, as well as how to deal with them in the limited time provided on the LSAT.

12. LSAT Prep “Specialist” And Use Of Only Real LSAT Questions.

ScoreItUp is a “specialist” in the true sense of the word! ScoreItUp focuses exclusively on LSAT Prep, and does not divide its attention by teaching other standardized tests (e.g., the GRE, the SAT, etc.). ScoreItUp also (1) uses only real and official LSAT questions (i.e., not “fake” LSAT questions made up by the test prep company), and (2) provides students in its live courses with an extensive number of hard copies (i.e., not just “electronic access”) of real LSAT exams.

13. Boot Camp Lessons.

ScoreItUp’s live courses typically include one or two all-day weekend lessons (mock exam plus exam analysis). These lessons tend to be much more fun and enjoyable than most students expect, allow students to bond with each other during lunch breaks, and significantly help improve the mental stamina necessary to succeed on the LSAT. By the time students are done taking these all-day weekend lessons, sitting through a half-day LSAT will feel like a piece of cake!

14. “Matching” Higher Score Guarantees.

“Higher score guarantees” offered by companies tend to be advertising gimmicks that pay off only when a student experiences failure. Fortunately, ScoreItUp is unaware of any of its students who failed in a manner allowing recovery under the terms of these companies’ “guarantees.” Nevertheless, if you find a “higher score guarantee” that you believe offers a better overall deal than ScoreItUp, ScoreItUp will likely match it. Please contact Mark prior to your enrollment for more details.

15. No Gimmicks.

ScoreItUp has earned the right (1) to describe its students’ impressive LSAT scores and improvement, (2) to make straightforward claims about the quality and significant advantages of its courses over its competitors and self-study, and (3) to post extensive student comments about its courses. ScoreItUp avoids the gimmicks and fake stuff that don’t help improve LSAT scores, and focuses on what matters: more hours of live instruction, more proctored mock exams, more effective and well-integrated online resources, and greater instruction clarity and quality!