Best LSAT Prep Books of 2021

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To get your highest score possible on the LSAT, you need the best LSAT prep book.

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

Update for 2021: Now that the LSAT is digital, LSAC has created an online Official LSAT Prep Plus library of over 70+ previously administered PrepTests that you can purchase for $99. For tips on how to use this resource, check out our post on How to Use LSAC Official LSAT Prep.

Without further ado, the best 2021 LSAT prep books are:


 

Title/PublisherPractice QuestionsAnswer ExplanationsPractice Exams
10 Actual, Official LSATs, Volume VI (LSAC)NoNo10
LSAT Premium Prep (Princeton Review)YesYes3
LSAT Prep Plus (Kaplan)YesYes1
LSAT Bible Trilogy (PowerScore)YesYes0
LSAT Strategy Guide Set (Manhattan Prep)YesYes0
The LSAT Trainer (Mike Kim)YesYes0
The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning (Ellen Cassidy)Yes (very limited; recommend getting more LR questions from other resources)Yes (see note in previous column)0

Reviews of the 2021 Best LSAT Prep Books


 

10 Actual, official LSAC preptests volume vi

10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI: PrepTests 72 through 81

Things to Love

  • 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume VI contains, you guessed it, 10 official LSAT tests. 10 prep tests is a solid amount of practice for most students. If you need more, you may want to opt for LSAC’s Prep Plus.
  • If you are planning to spread out your studying over a few months, this book is perfect because you’ll want to take at least 4, full-length practice exams.
  • Unlike other test prep books, which use questions designed to be like actual LSAT questions, this book contains only official LSAT questions.

Things to Consider

  • If you have LSAC Official Prep Plus (this includes Magoosh LSAT Prep subscribers, who automatically get access to the online library!), you already have online access to the tests in this book, so there’s no need to buy both.
  • 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 prep!).
  • 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. However, you’ll need to purchase at least one other book that includes strategies and practice problems with full explanations.

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LSAT Premium Prep

Princeton Review’s LSAT Premium Prep 28th Edition

Things to Love

  • The Princeton Review’s LSAT Premium Prep is a decent beginner’s guide to the LSAT that presents many of the basic strategies for the three different section types. (However, students hoping to reach the highest scores will want something more comprehensive.)
  • The book approaches the LSAT in a straightforward manner and doesn’t try to categorize or define different question/game types and concepts as much as some other books. This can be a plus for beginners who are struggling with LSAT basics.
  • The book also contains strategies for the LSAT Writing section and an overview of the law school admissions process.
  • You’ll get access to 3 LSAT PrepTests on Princeton Review’s site with this book.

Things to Consider

  • As mentioned above, this book is designed for beginners. So don’t expect a truly comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the LSAT.
  • For example, Princeton Review’s LSAT Premium Prep doesn’t list and provide examples of all of the common logical fallacies tested on the LSAT, such as mixing up sufficient and necessary conditions, percentage vs. amount, etc. It also doesn’t discuss various advanced issues in logic games, such subcategories in grouping games.
  • There are only about 40 LR questions, 10 logic games, and 4 reading comprehension passages discussed throughout the book. Although purchase of the book does give you access to 3 LSAT PrepTests on Princeton Review’s site, this level of prep won’t be enough for people looking to get top scores.
  • The LSAT PrepTests available on Princeton Review’s site are presented as PDFs, which is not similar to the digital LSAT interface you’ll see on test day. So to be truly prepared for what you’ll see on the real LSAT, you’ll want to take the test through LSAC’s Prep Plus program (or a prep service that presents the material online in a non-PDF format, such as Magoosh.)

Takeaway

The Princeton Review’s LSAT Premium Prep can be a worthwhile purchase if you’re a complete beginner with the LSAT or if you don’t need to achieve the absolute top scores for your law school goals. It would be a good idea to supplement this book with other resources, however, if you want something more comprehensive.

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LSAT Prep Plus 2020-2021

Kaplan’s LSAT Prep Plus: 2020-2021 Edition

Things to Love

  • Kaplan’s LSAT Prep Plus 2020-2021 largely succeeds at providing a comprehensive guide to LSAT preparation. It covers each section in depth and provides numerous drills and real LSAT questions and explanations.
  • For example, there’s a full chapter on conditional logic with nearly 100 drills and explanations, as well as another chapter covering dozens of different logic game setups.
  • The book is written in a conversational manner and provides many examples of how high-level test-takers would think through questions.
  • You’ll get access to over a dozen Kaplan LSAT lesson videos along with this book. Although the concepts in the videos are also discussed in the book, it can help to reinforce some of the ideas in a different format.

Things to Consider

  • There are no practice exams contained in the Kaplan book, but the book does give you access to one test online. Unfortunately, this test is presented in a PDF format, which doesn’t match the digital LSAT interface you’ll see on the actual exam. You’ll definitely want to use LSAC’s Prep Plus program or a service that provides tests in a digital, non-PDF testing interface (such as Magoosh).

Takeaway

  • Kaplan’s LSAT Prep Plus 2020-2021 is one of the best all-in-one LSAT prep books available. For many students this book may hit the sweet spot between being too basic and too overcomplicated. If you use this book to prep for the LSAT, however, please make sure to use another resource for access to full-length digital LSATs.

Note: If you find you love the LSAT Prep Plus approach, be sure to check out LSAT Logic Games Prep as well.

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LSAT Strategy Guide Set

Manhattan Prep’s LSAT Strategy Guide Set

Things to Love

  • Manhattan Prep’s LSAT Strategy Guide Set features a separate book on each section of the LSAT: Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Logic Games, which means it’s got everything you need to do well on the LSAT.
  • Extensive explanations of Logic Games, including how to diagram and approach each of the different game types.
  • And if over 1500 pages of LSAT tips isn’t enough, you can also access additional practice and resources via Atlas, the learning platform on Manhattan Prep’s website!

Things to Consider

  • While this set of books contains lots of practice problems, you’ll need to purchase an additional resource that provides you access to LSAT practice tests, like LSAC’s Prep Plus, to ensure you take enough practice LSATs before the real thing.
  • There are no strategies or information about law school applications or how to succeed in law school.

Takeaway

The LSAT Strategy Guide Set offers easy to understand, streamlined approaches to all three sections of the LSAT, and includes lots and lots of practice problems. You’ll need to purchase an additional book with more full-length practice tests to round out your study plan or an online resource that provides practice tests, but this set would make for a great starting place to learning the tips and tricks of the LSAT.

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Powerscore LSAT Bible Trilogy

PowerScore LSAT Bible Trilogy: 2020 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 the 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.
  • 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, or an online resource like LSAC’s Prep Plus.

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, or online resources that give you access to tests, such as LSAC’s Prep Plus. Want more details on this LSAT prep book series? Check out our full LSAT PowerScore Bibles review.

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The LSAT Trainer

The LSAT Trainer

Things to Love

  • Mike Kim’s The LSAT Trainer is an easy to read, concise prep book. The explanations are easy to follow and complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces.
  • If you’re a visual learner, you’ll love The LSAT Trainer. It features call-out boxes, columns, and important quotes in bold, all of which make for an easier read.
  • With 32 lessons to learn from, this book more than adequately covers everything you need to do well on the LSAT. And the lessons cover all three section of the LSAT, so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.
  • There are over 200 real LSAT questions to use for practice.
  • There are inspirational quotes weaved throughout that will keep your stress in check and help keep you stay motivated!

Things to Consider

  • This book contains no full-length practice tests, so you’ll need to purchase another book, like Official LSAT PrepTests VI, or an online resource that provides practice test access, such as LSAC’s Prep Plus.
  • The LSAT Trainer doesn’t contain as many practice problems as the PowerScore Trilogy. If you’re looking for tons and tons of practice problems and/or you have a lot of time to study, the Trilogy may be a better choice for you.

Takeaway

The LSAT Trainer is a tremendous resource for self-driven students who appreciate nicely formatted, easy to follow lessons. The book offers concise lessons on every section of the LSAT that incorporate easy to follow tricks and strategies. However, with only two hundred practice problems and no full-length tests, you’ll need at least one additional book or online resource to round out your LSAT prep.

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The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning

Things to Love

  • The Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning is a highly readable guide that covers all of the important elements of the logical reasoning section. The book is written in a conversational manner and offers many interesting examples that will keep you engaged all the way through.
  • Unlike many other LSAT books, Loophole begins with an emphasis on reading and translating difficult sentences, which is an important but often neglected skill in LSAT logical reasoning.
  • The Loophole has a great chapter on common answer choice types and what makes them more likely to be right/wrong depending on the question type.
  • Between many chapters there is a short “breather” page providing random, helpful advice, such as “What I Wish I Knew Before Taking the LSAT” and discussion of common concepts from science or economics that are helpful to know on the LSAT.

Things to Consider

  • The Loophole is focused solely on the logical reasoning section of the LSAT, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for complete preparation for the test.
  • Even if you’re just focused on logical reasoning, this book doesn’t give enough sample questions and explanations to feel comfortable with the section. You’ll want to use LSAC’s Prep Plus or another service to provide you with many more logical reasoning questions to practice on.

Takeaway

  • If you’re looking for an engaging guide to the logical reasoning section, the Loophole is a great resource. Consider it more as a supplement to your overall LSAT preparation than your primary resource, however.

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 grab a free LSAT prep checklist PDF and choose an LSAT study schedule to get the most from your prep. You can also find hundreds of LSAT lesson videos, official explanation videos, and practice questions through Magoosh’s online LSAT program, which now includes access to LSAC Official Prep Plus and a full LSAT practice test!

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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  • Kevin Lin

    Kevin Lin earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. After working as a lawyer for several years, both at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and at a large New York law firm, he succumbed to his love of the LSAT and teaching and has been a full-time LSAT instructor since 2015. Beginning first at a major test prep company and rising to become one of its most experienced and highly rated instructors, he began tutoring independently in 2019. Kevin has worked with LSAT students at all stages of their preparation, from complete beginners to LSAT veterans shooting for the 99th percentile. Connect and learn more about Kevin on YouTube, LinkedIn, and his website.