10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests is a compilation of former LSATs that students took in the early 1990s. The book includes PrepTests 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18. In other words, these are real LSATs from over 20 years ago.
I think this is a great book, and I used it during my own prep. However, I think students should only approach this material after working through some of the more recent PrepTests. Although these tests are still relevant for modern students (as I’ll argue below), the LSAT has evolved over the years. Your test will most likely look a lot more like the recent LSATs than the tests from the 1990s.
But let’s assume that you have already worked through the recent tests, and you want more. Will this book help you prepare? Absolutely.
I love the old LSAT logic games. Some students claim that these games are harder than the games on newer tests; others think they are easier. Whatever your position may be, you cannot deny that these games are just a little bit different. And different can be good.
Let’s not forget that the purpose of LSAT prep is to change your brain. You do this by stretching your mental abilities. And the older LSAT games are perfect for this; they require the same skill-set as the newer games, but you often need to approach them differently. So don’t get too frustrated when you encounter an odd-looking logic game. This is good. You need to be mentally pushed if you want to develop your reasoning capabilities.
I should also note that there are no guarantees that LSAT won’t revert back to the old logic game style. In February 2014, test-takers saw a circle game for the first time in years. Then in June of the same year, a pattern game emerged (considered by many to be a dead game type at the time). Test-takers wise enough to work through the old games were not thrown like those who only stuck to recent prep tests. There is significant value in the older games.
Logical reasoning on these LSATs will feel very much like the new tests. There are differences of wording and writing style, but the question types are mostly the same. If you can master the logical reasoning sections in the old tests, then you shouldn’t have a problem with the newer ones.
A lot of students use the logical reasoning sections from the older PrepTests to drill. I think this is great. Set the timer for 35 minutes and get to work. Logical reasoning makes up most of the scored LSAT, so drilling these sections will be time well spent.
The reading comprehension sections in these tests will feel almost identical to the new tests, except for one major difference: no comparative reading passages. Comparative reading wasn’t added to the LSAT until 2007, so you find any of that in this book. Instead, each PrepTest features four regular passages. This is still great prep for the LSAT (considering modern tests still have three regular passages), but the change demonstrates the importance of only using along side some of the newer tests.
These tests will help you in your LSAT Prep. Many students buy the tests for individual section drills instead of full timed tests. Others use these tests as the “experimental” sections in their timed tests. I just treated them like any other PrepTests during my own prep. But whatever your approach may be, you should strongly consider buying this book if you are shooting for a top score on the LSAT.
10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests can be found here.