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Best LSAT Prep Books 2017

The resources you use to study for the LSAT are critical to your success. The LSAT prep books you chose to study from will ensure you have the best strategies to tackle every section and every question on the LSAT.

To help you sift through the wide array of resources on the market, we’ve put together this helpful guide that outlines the best LSAT prep books available. Read on to find out which things we love most and least, so you can pick the ideal books for your study.

The best 2017 LSAT prep books are:

TitlePublisher / AuthorPrice*
10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V: PrepTests 62 through 71

Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)$22

Introducing the LSAT: The Fox Test Prep Quick & Dirty LSAT Primer

CreateSpace; Nathan Fox$9
Kaplan LSAT Premier 2016-2017Kaplan Publishing$32
LSAT for Dummies (2014-most recent edition)For Dummies$15
PowerScore: LSAT Bible TrilogyPowerScore Publishing; David M. Killoran & Steven G. Stein $116
The Princeton Review, Cracking the LSATPrinceton Review$36

*List prices given at time of publication and subject to change

Reviews of the 2017 Best LSAT Prep Books

best lsat prep books

10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V: PrepTests 62 through 71

Things to Love

  • 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V contains, you guessed it, 10 official LSAT tests. What you may not know, however, is that this is more than any other prep book on this list, and maybe even the test prep market.
  • Unlike other test prep books, which use questions designed to be like actual LSAT questions, this book contains only official LSAT questions.
  • If you are planning to spread out your studying over a few months, this book will be crucial because you’ll want to take at least four, full-length practice exams as part of prep.

Things to Consider

  • This book only contains the practice exams and answers—there aren’t any explanations to help you understand how to get to the right answer (but you can find some of these explanations on Magoosh LSAT!). And reviewing your answers is a key part of increasing your LSAT score. Be sure to check out Top Tips for Reviewing an LSAT Practice Test as part of your LSAT studying.
  • There are no strategies for the different LSAT sections, helpful tips to remember on the day of the test, or information about getting into and succeeding in law school.

Takeaway

If you’re planning to study over a few months or longer, you’d benefit from this book full of actual practice tests. You can include these tests in your timed practice and familiarize yourself with the official questions and formatting, but you’ll need to purchase at least one other book that includes strategies and practice problems with full explanations.
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Introducing the LSAT: The Fox Test Prep Quick & Dirty LSAT  Primer

Things We Love

  • The Fox Test Prep Quick & Dirty LSAT Primer takes a humorous approach to the LSAT and breaks all the sections down into manageable pieces. Fox lays out the Ten Commandments for tackling the LSAT—these are great tips on how to conquer the LSAT and includes a welcome dose of humor. Fox uses these commandments throughout the book to give you an easy way to remember his recommended strategies for each section.
  • Fox gives concise, 2-3 page descriptions of main and rare logical reasoning question types with sample questions from actual LSAT exams.
  • Fox works through two of the main game types—grouping and ordering—with ease to make these games approachable. Once you’re done reading his explanations, your fear of logic games will start to disappear.

Things to Consider

  • There are no practice tests or practice problems provided, so you’ll need to purchase at least one other book.
  • This is a very short book, and most of the book is dedicated to Logical Reasoning. While Logical Reasoning does make up half of the LSAT, this may not be the book for you if your weakest areas are Reading Comprehension or Logic Games. For example, there’s no discussion of hybrid games or rare game types.
  • Fox does not get into the higher level, more difficult LSAT questions, so this may not be the book for you if you’re already a high scorer and are looking to focus on the most difficult questions to raise your LSAT score.

Takeaway

Fox’s Introducing the LSAT is a great overview book for beginning your LSAT prep with a bit of humor. Just be sure to also grab one of the longer books with full length practice tests and practice problems, like 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests or Princeton Review’s Cracking the LSAT.
 

Kaplan’s LSAT Premier 2016-2017 with Real Practice Questions

Things to Love

  • Kaplan LSAT Premier is a great overall book for your LSAT preparation.
  • Gives access to one full-length practice test online along with video lessons of the major strategies for each of the sections of the LSAT.
  • Great overview chapter of the LSAT, including a list of the Dirty Dozen—the most common mistakes students commit when prepping for the LSAT.
  • There’s a whole chapter just on LSAT reasoning that teaches you the basics of formal logic, which you can apply to both the Analytical Reasoning and the Logical Reasoning sections.
  • There are 300 pages dedicated to the Logic Games section including Logic Games from actual LSAT exams and sample sketches for each game type to show you how to approach all the different games you’re likely to see on the real LSAT.
  • This book has a very helpful chapter on Reading Comprehension that outlines a great method for developing a roadmap for Reading Comprehension passages. Sample marked up passages demonstrate how to make notes and what to highlight as you’re reading passages. The book also provides unique approaches for all of the most common Reading Comprehension questions.
  • There are 370 pages dedicated to teaching you methods for all of the various Logical Reasoning questions on the LSAT.

Things to Consider

  • There are no practice exams contained in the Kaplan book, but the book does give you access to one test online.
  • There’s very little information on law school applications or admissions or the practice of law. If you’re looking for more about those topics, LSAT for Dummies or the Princeton Review Cracking the LSAT would be the better choice for you. For more information, you can also check out the Law School Admissions Process.

Takeaway

Kaplan’s LSAT Premier is a solid overview LSAT prep book with strong methods for approaching all of the sections on the LSAT. The drawbacks? The book doesn’t contain any full-length practice tests or provide any helpful information on law school admissions or practicing law. I’d recommend pairing this book with another that contains full-length practice tests and some additional information on law school, such as such as Princeton Review’s prep book.
 

LSAT for Dummies

Things to Love

  • Overall, LSAT for Dummies is very easy to follow and has a simple, accessible format with helpful text call-outs.
  • There are two very useful introductory chapters on setting yourself up for success and law school admissions, and there’s a concluding chapter that outlines ten types of law you can practice.
  • This book contains insightful explanations of the different question types and provides strategies for each of the LSAT sections.
  • There’s a section dedicated to the LSAT writing sample. While the writing sample is unscored, many law schools review the writing sample as part of your overall application, so it is still an important part of the exam. For more tips on the writing sample, check out the Ultimate Guide to the LSAT Writing Sample.

Things to Consider

  • While there are three, full-length practice tests provided, there aren’t any stand-alone practice questions. This means you can’t break up your studying by question types or by sections that you need to focus on.
  • The Logical Reasoning section in this book is not the most helpful and does not go into a lot of detail or practice.

Takeaway

If you’re looking for a lot of information about law school applications and admissions, and about the practice of law, LSAT for Dummies would be a great book for you. In addition to this information, LSAT for Dummies contains very helpful methods for tackling all sections of the LSAT. However, if you really need a lot of help with Logical Reasoning, this is not the book for you.
 

PowerScore 2017 Edition

Things to Love

  • The PowerScore LSAT Bible Trilogy is a comprehensive set of books: Logical Reasoning Bible, Logic Games Bible, and Reading Comprehension Bible. While this set is the most expensive on this recommended prep book list, it is also the most extensive resource on the market in terms of number of pages dedicated to teaching LSAT strategies and methods.
  • Each book contains drills and practice problems for each LSAT section.  For example, the Logical Reasoning Bible contains a “Premise and Conclusion Analysis” drill to help you learn to identify these crucial parts of a logical reasoning question.
  • Each book also has a chapter on “Section Strategy and Time Management” to help you learn how to pace yourself for each section. For more on pacing, make sure you also check out Intro to LSAT Pacing.
  • The practice problems are all taken from official LSAT tests.

Things to Consider

  • The explanations are very in-depth, almost to the point of providing too much information. So, if you’re looking for a quicker way to prepare for the LSAT, this may bog you down.
  • There are no full-length practice problem sets or tests contained in this series, so you would need to purchase at least one additional test prep book that contains full-length practice tests. For more on full-length practice tests, check out How to Take a Practice LSAT.

Takeaway

The PowerScore Bibles have a tendency to elaborate on every possible arrangement of questions, which can be overwhelming at times. If you’re looking for a simple approach to the exam, this is probably not it. However, if you have a lot of time to dedicate to studying for the LSAT and are looking for in-depth explanations, the PowerScore Trilogy would likely be the best option for you. Be sure to pair this trilogy with the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests book for full-length practice tests, which are essential to your LSAT prep.
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The Princeton Review’s Cracking the LSAT

Things to Love

  • The Princeton Review’s Cracking the LSAT has a nice overview chapter with general strategies and techniques, and there are summary pages at the end of each chapter with bulleted lists highlighting the key strategies from the chapter.
  • Mantras, such as “I will take a 10-second break after every five or six arguments,” are listed in callout boxes and help you stay focused on the task at hand.
  • Purchasing the book gets you access to Princeton Review’s “Premium Portal” where you can watch videos of Princeton Review teachers explaining question types and strategies, review study guides, and access extensive profiles about hundreds of law schools.
  • There are in-depth explanations of all Logic Games question types, including handy charts that outline the main game types. There are also sample diagrams to help you better understand what your diagrams for Logic Games should look like.
  • This book contains two full-length practice exams with detailed answer explanations, and four full-length tests are available online.
  • Bonus chapters on the whole law school process from application basics to advice on the legal job market.
  • Full chapter on the writing sample, including helpful call-out boxes, an overall approach to the sample, and a full sample essay to help guide your writing.
  • Helpful, short drills at the end of each chapter for all of the LSAT sections to test your understanding before doing a full-length practice test.

Things to Consider

  • This is a straightforward book, which can be a bit boring. If you need a good dose of humor to keep you interested like I do, then be sure to include Fox’s Introducing the LSAT as part of your studying.
  • The book is very extensive, so if you’re looking for a quick overview and strategies this may be more time exhaustive than what you’d like.

Takeaway

Princeton Review’s Cracking the LSAT is one of the best LSAT prep books on the market. It’s full of well thought out approaches to each section of the LSAT, including the writing sample, and it includes a total of 6 full-length exams with explanations. I’d highly recommend making this one of your books in your LSAT prep.

Finding the Right LSAT Prep Book

There are so many LSAT books on the market to choose from. Use these reviews to help you choose the best LSAT prep book for your unique study needs and goals. Once you’ve decided on the book you’d like to get, be sure to review our LSAT study plans to get the most from your prep. You can also find hundreds of LSAT lesson videos, official explanation videos, and practice questions on Magoosh LSAT.

Armed with the best materials and study plan for you, you’ll be ready to go out and conquer the LSAT!

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