Beginner’s Guide Part II: Paid Resources

The first question we must ask ourselves is whether to practice the LSAT through an online question bank, or the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. I lean towards the first option (online).

There are two main reasons for this: one, the modern LSAT is taken on the computer, and since we should always practice under the most realistic conditions, practicing on the computer is going to help you better adjust to actual testing conditions. I had a student who did all their PTs with pencil and paper, but when it came to actual test day, they had no choice but to read off a screen with a mouse substituting for a highlighter. This seriously affected their ability to get into the zone and engage with the material, and they suffered for it as a result.

Second, drilling questions on a website can provide you with crucial analytics and data on your performance. For instance, you may realize that your accuracy rate for Flaw Questions (a type of Logic Reasoning question) is 90%, but only 70% for Weaken Questions. Now you know what you need to work on. You may find that your reading speed decreases drastically on Science-based passages, or that you take too much time on the third game in the Logic Games section, leaving little time for Game 4; all of these subtle trends can provide invaluable insight to the reflective student and help us break through plateaus as we progress.

Lawhub

If you decide on going the online route the first step is to sign up for Lawhub, available at https://www.lawhub.org/home This is LSAC’s official online question bank, and the interface will match exactly what you will see on actual test day. It costs $115/year but you can apply for a fee waiver if certain qualifications are met. 

Now this is where things get tricky. I don’t actually recommend doing your practices on Lawhub. First of all, the site only tells you what questions you got right or wrong without giving you any explanations. There’s also no analytics available, which is one of the main reasons why we prefer studying using a website. Finally, in Lawhub, all the sections are arranged in the same order (LG-LR-LR-RC), but they will be scrambled on the actual test. 

But in order to use the better services out there, we have no choice but to dish out the money and sign up for Lawhub first. This is because all the LSAT questions are copyrighted. In order to use one of the better services listed below, you’d first have to sign up with LSAC and link your Lawhub account with a test-prep company listed below:

Commercial Practice Test Platforms:

AdeptLR

https://www.adeptlr.com/

First up is AdeptLR, a relative newcomer to the scene that is probably best known for their “smart” drilling algorithm. Basically, as you work through questions, the system will feed you relevant questions based on your results. Many students of mine have seen great improvements in LR from drilling on AdeptLR, and they have recently expanded to encompass LG and RC as well. (Disclaimer: The founder, Tim, is a friend.) 

LSATLab

https://lsatlab.com/

Another platform that many of my students and colleagues rave about. It has a great interface, a very detailed breakdown of questions by type and features, as well as comprehensive analytics and explanations. They also offer video classes I believe. 

7Sage

https://7sage.com/

7Sage is probably the biggest and most well-known platform out there. They even offer admissions consulting and tutoring. Their interface is the most similar to the actual test interface, and there are video explanations for every question. 

LSATDemon 

https://lsatdemon.com/

Another well-known platform, I had several high-scoring students swear by it. 

At the end of the day, each platform provides a similar service. If I were doing this all over again, I would register for free trials at all four sites and pick the one that appealed to me the most in the end. More specifically, I would ask myself, “Which platform is the most intuitive to use, which platform provides the most insightful analytics, and which site’s explanations resonate with me the most?”

LSAT Trainer

https://www.trainertestprep.com/

You’ve probably heard of Mike Kim and the LSAT Trainer book. It’s a perennial bestseller on Amazon and has been around forever. It covers the basics of all three sections of the LSAT (LG, LR, and RC) in one book. So if time is limited and you are looking to cover the bases quickly in a short amount of time, this is it.