This are a LOT of LSAT prep books. It’s overwhelming. I’m going to highlight the best books.
Note that this is a list of LSAT study guides. For a list of LSAT preptests (which are essential), go here: LSAT preptests
The LSAT Trainer
The three big names in LSAT Guides are Powerscore, Loophole in Logical Reasoning and The LSAT Trainer.
The LSAT Trainer is my personal favourite. The author, Mike Kim, co-wrote the Manhattan Guides. His guide is different is that he covers everything in one volume. He has a straightforward approach and doesn’t give you a bunch of confusing jargon. Instead he offers clear advice for every section, and reinforces what he teaches with extensive drills. I’ve spoken with Mike, and I think the LSAT Trainer will become the new standard guide. It costs $40.
Get the LSAT Trainer here: LSAT Trainer
Powerscore LSAT Bibles
The Powerscore Bibles are extremely popular, and have worked for many students. Personally, I prefer the style of the LSAT Trainer, but I think that’s due to taste. These books have worked for many students. The logic games bible tends to be the most popular, followed by the logical reasoning bible. You can save money by buying them in a set of three.
- Set of all three Powerscore Bibles
- Powerscore Logic Games Bible
- Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible
- Powerscore Reading Comprehension Bible
Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning
The Loophole is the newest entrant in LSAT prep guides, and it is exclusively focussed on logical reasoning. It has quickly gained a following for having an effective method for logical reasoning. The cost is comparable to Powerscore’s LR book and you could choose to use this book instead.
Buy the Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning here!
Finally, I’ve written a series of explanations for recent LSATs. They’re the same explanations you can find on this site, so you don’t need to buy these books: you can use the explanations online instead. However, many people enjoy having a paper copy, so here are the links. If you have used the explanations and enjoyed them, please leave a review :)
Explanations for PT 62-71 and 29-38
Explanations for PT 72-77
- LSAT 77 Explanations
- LSAT 76 Explanations
- LSAT 75 Explanations
- LSAT 74 Explanations
- LSAT 73 Explanations
- LSAT 72 Explanations
James Converse says
Thank you for all the work you have done to help others Graeme!
We all appreciate it.
LSAT – First timer.
Ashraf Helmy says
Do you teach the LSAT yourself, or provide a one-to-one course?
Lucas (LSAT Hacks) says
You can find information about one-on-one tutoring with Graeme at this link: https://lsathacks.com/tutoring/
Graeme also teaches a recorded online course: https://lsathacks.com/product/lsat-course-beta/
I noticed how you made an introduction for three main LSAT prep materials ( LSAT trainer, Manhattan LSAT, PowerScore), but only made explanations for LSAT Trainer and Manhattan LSAT, leaving PowerScore out. Is there a reason for this? I was planning on purchasing PowerScore.
Just an oversight. I added a section for Powerscore. I think I left it off originally because personally their style isn’t my favourite. But that’s not a good reason to leave them off. They clearly do work for a LOT of students. So I think it comes down to taste. If you read a sample and like it, they’re likely a great option.
Hey quick question for Graeme or anyone,
I’ve about six weeks into using the PowerScore Bibles and have seen about a 7 point improvement (158-165). I’m finishing the Bibles and heading into the drill phase where I take 10 LSAT before the exam on October 3rd.
My question: Would it be worth it to jump into the LSAT Trainer once I finish the Bibles this week, and attack trainer + LSATs in the remaining month, or are the techniques too different/ contradictory?
If anyone has experience please let me know.
PS shooting for the 170+ range so I can maybe get a scholarship to a T14.
Graeme Blake says
No harm in mixing methods. I wouldn’t read it cover to cover though – just turn to it when you need help with a specific area, and peruse it according to when it seems useful.
Multiple methods can shake you out of dogma and show you blind spots.
I found an LSAT exam book, “10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V: PrepTests 62 through 71,” by LSAC on Amazon. I noticed in your article that you mentioned we would have to buy the 62-71 series individually. Does that mean the book I found is fake or am I missing something?
Graeme Blake says
Oops, I hadn’t updated this page for a bit. You should definitely get 62-71 instead: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0986045519/lsathacks-20
The book list is updated now too.
I plan on starting LSAT prep in mid April post final exams. I hope to write the June LSAT, what would your recommendations be considering the fact that I am on a short schedule. I’m assuming I’ll hopefully have approximate 1 month and 2 weeks, I just have no clue as to whether I should take the course or do prep by myself.
Thanks for your help!
Graeme Blake says
I’d consider taking later as well. One month isn’t enough for most people to make their full progress.
I recently just started studying for the LSAT. I sat down to take my first practice test (Test 52) and only got through the first 9 of 25 questions in Section 1 (Logical Reasoning) in the allotted 25 minutes. My accuracy was ok (6 correct out of 9) but speed is toooo slow. Then I took Section 2 (Logic Games) and although I had done well on some practice questions beforehand, I just couldn’t get through this section. I found that the type of LG set up was not like any of the other practice ones I had seen.
Having the 10 actual tests is a must but of limited value if I can’t use those test questions as exercise material. This is when I started to look for LSAT test solutions to see if there’s any material like that and found this blog. Where can I find test solution books for tests 52-61? Please help.
Sabrina (LSAT Hacks) says
You’re right to not want to waste your preptests – it’s best to start taking them when you are more comfortable with your speed and accuracy. The good news is that each section of the LSAT is 35 minutes, not 25, so you’ll have a bit more time to work with.
I’d recommend drilling questions from older tests to build speed and increase your familiarity with the question types. Cambridge LSAT offers great prep books with questions organized by type, which I have found very helpful. This book, for example, has all the logical reasoning questions from tests 21 – 40. Practicing with just 10 or 15 of those questions at a time is a great way to improve your score without wasting practice tests. A rule of thumb for timing in Logical Reasoning is to do the first ten questions in ten minutes – you can use that as your goal and gradually work towards increasing your speed.
As for test solutions, Graeme is currently working on writing explanations for tests 52-61, but it takes a long time to write them, so they probably won’t be published for quite a while. In the mean time, you can Google specific questions when you have trouble, and you’ll probably find some helpful explanations.
What do you think of testmasters live course?
Graeme Blake says
They’re good. That said, I think online courses are the LSAT Trainer are now better options for many people. Classroom courses are most useful when you have trouble working on your own.
Alejandro Roa says
I scored a 163 on my first LSAT (somewhat below my PT average which was 166-7). I’m looking to score into the 170+ range next time around. What do you say would be the best guide for me to follow given that I am going to retake the exam and my current level of performance? I’ve been doing some research and my top choices are actually the Manhattan prepcourse/books, the LSAT trainer, and 7sage. I’m leaning towards 7sage right now but not completely sure yet. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated! Maybe I should complement whatever guide I choose with your explanations?
Graeme Blake says
Do you like video or reading? I’d choose whichever method suits your learned style. For me personally I read so much faster than I can watch videos, so I learn best from books. Most people seem to prefer video.
As far as specific books, I like the LSAT Trainer, but Manhattan is also good. I’d say, whatever you choose, timed practice is your best bet, given that you already have LSAT experience. Good luck!
And yes, my explanations should help no matter which method you choose. I hope to have more online soon.
Alejandro Roa says
Thanks a lot man! Really appreciate it.
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