Are you looking for the best LSAT prep books to help you boost your score on the LSAT in the US or Canada? Look no further. Below are our team’s continuously updated reviews of the Top 10 best LSAT books for 2016. Also, check out our overview of the best LSAT prep courses.
There is simply no better resource for LSAT preparation on the market than PowerScore’s LSAT Bibles, authored by David Killoran (the founder of PowerScore) and Steven Stein. If you are looking for the three most effective and best LSAT prep books for each aspect of the test, this set – the PowerScore LSAT Bible Trilogy – fully delivers.
The first book, the Logical Reasoning Bible, provides clear and detailed instructions for developing approaches for surmounting every type of problem in the Logical Reasoning section. The Logical Reasoning Bible also offers drills for improving identification and solving of different types of Logical Reasoning problems as well as useful advice for quick elimination of wrong answers.
Almost 700 pages in length, this LSAT preparation book is not suited for quick study. The techniques and tips offered require significant practice on the test-taker’s part to develop. However, they are extremely useful and effective for ambitious test-takers.
The second book is the Logic Games Bible. The Logic Games section is undoubtedly one of the most difficult aspects of the LSAT. Not surprisingly, therefore, many test-takers find that the Logic Games portion of the test is their LSAT Achilles heel.
Enter the PowerScore Logic Games Bible. This best-selling guide is easily one of the very best LSAT prep books for for this part of the test, offering clear and easy-to-master techniques for approaching each of the different types of games as well as guidance on where to look to make deductions and how best to draw inferences. Given its use of actual LSAT questions and its provision of thorough explanations, the PowerScore Logic Games Bible is an excellent and highly-recommended source for tackling the Logical Games section.
The final book in the PowerScore Bible trilogy is the Reading Comprehension Bible. This LSAT study guide offers strategies for decoding and deconstructing reading passages and questions.
The book spends considerable effort in categorizing each of the different types of questions a test-taker might encounter in this section. It also offers tips and strategies for focusing on the important aspects of the passage.
Although this guide is perhaps not as strong as the other two books in the series, the Reading Comprehension Bible nonetheless provides a plethora of useful information on breaking down the test’s reading comprehension section. Thus, it is still one of the 10 best LSAT preparation books and a worthy part of the LSAT Bible Trilogy, which overall is simply a must-buy.
This set contains all three of PowerScore’s LSAT Bible Workbooks, which are companion books to the PowerScore Bibles reviewed above.
These books are not manuals but, as their names suggests, true workbooks in which test-takers can hone the skills they learn in the PowerScore ‘Bibles’ on Reading Comprehension, Logic Games, and Logical Reasoning.
Although all three Workbooks are outstanding, the Logic Games Workbook is particularly strong. Now revised for 2016, the book begins with drills in which isolated skills can be practiced over and over again. It then provides 10 individual games, taken from actual LSATs, which enable the test-taker to apply and reinforce the skills picked up in the drills. Finally, it offers five complete Logic Games sections, allowing the test-taker to emulate testing conditions.
Overall, given that many students require a more pronounced effort to ace the various sections of the LSAT, PowerScore’s Workbook Trilogy provides an outstanding resource.
What is even better than working out regularly by yourself? Answer: To have your own personal trainer.
Just like getting your body into shape, taking the LSAT works best if you have someone by your side to motivate and guide you along every step of the way. For those who prefer self-study over more costly alternatives, Mike Kim’s The LSAT Trainer: A Remarkable Self-Study Guide for the Self-Driven Student will assume the role of a personal trainer.
Mike Kim, experienced tutor and one of the brains behind the Manhattan LSAT prep system, is an expert at explaining what it takes to master the LSAT. His writing style is clear and the advice always easy to follow. At its core, the LSAT Trainer is about teaching you how to adapt your thinking to LSAT problems and – through practice –how to apply LSAT specific knowledge. There is a fine line between teaching ‘thinking’ and traditional approaches that focus mostly on strategies and knowledge. However, Kim and his LSAT Trainer achieve this goal. Importantly, Kim is not hiding the ball; you will always know the reasoning behind learning various skill-sets that and how they will help you tackle LSAT questions.
Just like a personal trainer, the author will make you (and your brain’s LSAT muscles) stronger by pushing you to work harder. The book contains over thirty practice drills and 200+ authentic LSAT problems carefully woven into substantive lessons and strategic advice. Throughout the book’s 21 chapters, the author follows his five mantras, which include making things simple and effective. As a welcome bonus, Mike Kim even offers free LSAT study schedules that can be downloaded from the LSAT Trainer website.
The LSAT trainer, however, has – by design – certain limitations. As the guide readily acknowledges, test-takers should combine their use of the LSAT Trainer with other LSAT review books as well as LSAC’s official practice exams consisting of previously administered tests (see further below on this page). Moreover, the LSAT Trainer – although weighing in at an impressive 600 pages itself – is an all-rounder book that simply cannot go into as much detail on a specific section of the test as specialized books, particularly PowerScore’s top rated ‘LSAT Bible’ series. Nevertheless, Mike Kim and his LSAT Trainer are rising stars among the best LSAT prep books.
The Official LSAT SuperPrep II is LSAC ‘s latest – and perhaps its most essential – publication.
This guide contains an introduction to all types of LSAT questions as well as tips and strategies on how to tackle the LSAT in terms of timing and pacing. The most important element of SuperPrep II, of course, are the three previously administered LSAT tests that are bundled in this guide.
To be clear, although released in July 2015, this book does not contain the latest LSAT tests, such as the one administered in December 2015 (Official LSAT PrepTest 77). Instead, LSAT SuperPrep II featured tests are PrepTest 62 (December 2010), PrepTest 63 (June 2011), and another previously undisclosed test. The tests are accompanied by newly written explanations for all of the questions, answer keys, writing samples, and tables for easy score conversion. In short, as LSAC say themselves, LSAT SuperPrep is their best LSAT prep book series, and SuperPrep II is the best of the best.
The very latest in LSAC’s 10 Actual series, this 2014 release of 10 Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests Volume V contains LSAT tests numbers 62 through 71. (Note, however, that later LSAT exams – as of today up to LSAT Prep Test 75, which was administered in June 2015 – are now also available.)
These LSAT tests were administered between December 2010 and December 2013. The book also includes, as usual for the series, an answer key for each test, a writing sample for each test, score-conversion tables, and sample Comparative Reading questions and explanations.
This study guide compiles the most recent official versions of the test. Thus, there is not question that is one of the most important and best LSAT books currently on the market.
In addition to this collection of ten previous LSAT tests, it is of course also essential that you get LSAC’s latest two published tests, but this is a convenient collection, enriched with extra features, that is essential for any serious test-taker.
Containing 10 actual LSAT tests, this book provides previously administered tests from 2007 to 2010 (PrepTests 52-61).
While the book does not provide any guidance on strategies for taking the LSAT, it does provide a single source for some of the most recent LSATs, offering test-takers a one-stop shop for highly effective LSAT practice.
Highly recommended, as are all the other titles in LSAC’s top rated official test prep series.
This book, put together by the Law School Admission Council – aka the official LSAT test maker – compiles three former February LSATs from 1996, 1999, and 2000.
However, a unique feature of this book is that it provides explanations for every section on these tests from the people who actually draft the LSAT. The explanations that accompany the answers are thorough and cogent. However, the book itself does not offer the level of strategic advice found in non-official LSAT prep guides.
In sum, the Official LSAT SuperPrep is a very useful tool for understanding the LSAT from the perspective of those that write it. As such, it is one of the best LSAT prep books and simply a must-have for every thorough LSAT student.
For a systematic approach to the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT, and an alternative to the PowerScore books, look no further than this book.
Offering a guided approach to these problems, this book helps you identify the type of Logical Reasoning question you are encountering and provides you with a methodology for answering that question. In addition, there are numerous drills and practice opportunities to review and repeat the Kaplan method. In particular, the consistent approach to solving Logical Reasoning problems is one of the book’s key assets. In its current edition, Logical Reasoning Strategies & Tactics now includes two complete logical reasoning practice sections and provides access to four additional sections online.
Conclusion: A good study tool and among the best LSAT prep books for this section of the test.
Practice, practice, and more practice makes perfect.
The last item in our list of the Top 10 best LSAT prep books is one more tool in the practice arsenal for the test. Containing ten actual previously administered LSAT tests from October 1999 to October 2002, this book provides an ample source for early rounds of practice.
Of special note, this title does not contain comprehensive reading questions that were introduced in June 2007. For more recent official tests you should go with the latest volumes in LSAC’s official test series, which are all among the best LSAT prep books.