LSAT

GavelMJ Test Prep’s LSAT program is based on a thorough breakdown of all three sections of the test and a rigorous homework regimen that allows you to practice the techniques on thousands of real LSAT questions. You’ll be taught by a nationally recognized LSAT specialist.

For students with little or no LSAT experience, our full program of 14-16 sessions is designed to take you from square one to complete expertise.

And for students who want to fill in the gaps left by other books or courses, a few meetings with our expert tutor can help you address and fix your weak areas.

Materials
As a student at MJ Test Prep, you’ll have access to all 7000+ official LSAT questions ever released, along with hundreds of our own practice questions, specially designed to solidify specific LSAT techniques.

But we don’t just bury you under a mountain of questions and tell you to have fun. We’ve created a highly organized and highly effective system that helps you make sense of everything you’ll see on the test. You’ll get:

  • An 120-page book detailing every strategy and technique you’ll need
  • Over 1000 pages of homework drills, composed of real LSAT questions sorted into categories, so you can practice and perfect specific skills
  • 40 individual sections from real tests so you can improve your timing and get practice dealing with a mixed set of question types
  • Dozens of full-length official practice tests (nearly 20 of them with a fifth “experimental” section) so you can work on your endurance and track your score
  • A detailed diagnostic score report for each full test, highlighting patterns in your performance and giving you specific suggestions for ways to improve your score

A better LSAT score comes from an organized breakdown of the material and a lot of hard work. We’ll give you both.

How the LSAT works
The LSAT has five multiple-choice sections, each lasting 35 minutes:

  • 2 Logical Reasoning sections (“Arguments” or “LR”)
  • 1 Analytical Reasoning section (“Games” or “AR”)
  • 1 Reading Comprehension section (“RC”)
  • 1 Experimental section (this could be LR, AR, or RC)

Supreme CourtThese five sections can appear in any order. Only four of the sections count toward your final score. The unscored experimental section is used to try out questions for future tests, but there is no way to tell which section is experimental, so you have to try hard on every section.

A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but copies are sent to all law schools to which you apply.

There are 99–102 scored questions, and the number you answer correctly is called your raw score. The raw scores for all test-takers are fitted to a bell curve and translated to a scaled score. The scaled score ranges from 120–180, and this is what gets reported to schools. Small variations in test difficulty are taken care of by the curve, so there is no advantage to taking the test at one time of year over another. The average score is between 151 and 152.

Each Logical Reasoning question presents you with a short reading passage, followed by a question that asks you to somehow manipulate the reasoning associated with that passage. We will show you how to recognize the eleven major question tasks and how to approach each one with maximum efficiency. These approaches come from a detailed understanding of the building blocks of LSAT’s unique brand of logic. We will also show you the commonly occurring logical flaws and the ways in which the different question tasks are really just rearrangements of the same basic set of skills.

The Analytical Reasoning section of the test presents you with four “games” in which a collection of elements must be manipulated according to a set of rules. Many students struggle here because they lack a good framework by which to organize the rules and elements. Our LSAT course will give you a simple set of guidelines that will work for every single game that can appear on the test. We will show you how every game fits into one of four major categories, and unlike most LSAT courses, we devote significant time to specific strategies for each of the eight possible question tasks.

The Reading Comprehension section asks you to answer four sets of questions, each based on either a single long reading passage or a pair of shorter passages. Our approach here is based not on the topics of the passages but on their logical structures. The LSAT uses just a few predictable logical structures over and over, and when you can recognize them, you can analyze the passages in the way that is most useful for answering the questions. The questions that appear in the Reading Comprehension section are also very predictable, and we will provide you with effective strategies for each type.

Group Classes
The vast majority of our demand is for individual tutoring, so we don’t have regularly scheduled group classes.

However, we have had several instances in which a group of friends or colleagues has asked for a specially organized class, and we can accommodate this request. If you have a group that would like create a class, please call so we can work out the details.