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LSAT Exam Prep Course

 

Gain admission into the law school of your choice with LSAT Test Preparation from the University of South Carolina’s only official LSAT Prep Course.  Master the skills needed to ace the LSAT and take the test with the confidence of knowing that you prepared with South Carolina’s leading LSAT experts.


Benefit from 30 hours of classroom instruction from experienced exam preparation teaching professionals who use proven techniques to simplify the LSAT.  Take a diagnostic exam at the beginning or at the end of the LSAT Prep program and practice with questions and materials from actual LSAT exams. You will receive with the course, the official LSAT textbook, study guides, official LSAT prep tests which include extra practice tests, an opportunity to take diagnostic exams, and expert instruction. 


Strategically scheduled courses ensure that you will perform at your peak on the day of your exam.  Choose from weekend, evening, and blended schedules throughout the year and enjoy the convenience and accessibility provided by classrooms on the campus of the University of South Carolina.
 

We'll provide to you at the first class:

  • Course Textbook: "The Next 10 Actual Official LSAT Prep Guide"
  • Official LSAT Prep Tests
  • Exam prep workbook
  • Expert Instruction
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Upcoming Sessions
  August

 Course: PD14-1877: LSAT Exam Prep Course
 Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 08/26/14 - 09/23/14
 Times: 6:00 pm - 9:20 pm
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 9
 Notes: Class meets T/TH from 6:00-9:20 pm. You'll receive a course email about 1-2 weeks before class starts with location.

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LSAT Course Plan

Session 1: Introduction to the LSAT, Principles of Argumentation, Find Conclusion items, Analytical Reasoning overview, Ordering games
   
Session 2:

Ordering games, Statement Role items, Argument Evaluation, Explain/Resolve items

   
Session 3:

Ordering games, Grouping games, Weakener/Strengthener items

   
Session 4: Grouping games, Flaw items
   
Session 5: Grouping games, Assumption items, Analyzing Reading passages, Global Reading Comp items
   
Session 6: Grouping games, Formal Logic Items, Local Reading Comp items
   
Session 7: Grouping games, Inference items, Reading Comp review
   
Session 8: Combination games, Matching Structure/Flaw items
   
Session 9: Combination games, Strategy/Point at issue items, Reading Comp review
   
Session 10: Analytical Reasoning review, Principle items, Reading Comp review
   

 


 

Course Instructor:

Laura C. Tesh is the exclusive LSAT instructor and an experienced Prep professional with more than five years of teaching LSAT for University Test Prep at University of South Carolina. 

Ms. Tesh earned her B.A. cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College, her M.A. in Philosophy/Medical Ethics from Georgetown University, and her J.D. cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also clerked for two judges and was previously an adjunct Legal Writing instructor at the Law School at University of South Carolina.


2014-2015 LSAT Exam Dates


  • Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015

 

Register for the exam at LSAT Website


 


 

Hear what previous participants had to say about University Test Prep's LSAT Course...

"I have seen my practice test scores improve dramatically from my last LSAT score from June. I feel I have the right tools to do my best on the LSAT" -Fall 2013

"Wonderful professor. I admire her patience. Great instructor. Always prepared and very knowledgeable of LSAT material. Efficient at explaining the analysis of every stem and answer choice. Would absolutely recommend to anyone taking the test." -Fall 2013

"I have so enjoyed the course. The instructor was amzing and really enjoyed her teaching techniques. She makes the class interesting and really wants to make sure you understand the material." -Fall 2013

"I heard I needed to take this class but I really didn't believe it. I have recommended this class to many people." -Summer 2013

"I really enjoyed coming to the class everytime. Mrs. Tesh is a great teacher and really makes learning the material easy and fun." -Smmer 2013 

"The course gave me a lot of tips on how to handle the LSAT. Going in to the test I now feel much more comfortable than I did prior to completion of the course." -Summer 2013  

"Ms. Tesh went above and beyond the call of duty! All questions were answered, all confusion was cleared. I feel 100% more prepared for the LSAT than I did on day 1. Great Class." -Fall 2012

"This class was great, very informative and helpful! Helped me realize how unprepared I really was. I am much more prepared now for the LSAT." -Fall 2012

"Ms. Tesh, the Instructor is a phenomenal teacher. She always make you feel deserving of her time and that you have her attention. Thanks!" -Fall 2012 

"The Instructor is very knowledgeable, professional, and well prepared. Her expertise in the course material is evident. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve their LSAT score." -Fall 2012

"I learned a lot of beneficial strategies and tips when taking the test. I feel much more comfortable and confident taking the test." -Fall 2012

"Just got my LSAT score back and I made a 168. I'm so happy and feel like your class really prepared me. Thank you so much for all of your help and support! I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks again!"
-Spring 2011

"I feel much more confident taking the LSAT than I ever would have on my own. The instructor was awesome. She made sure that we all understood the material before moving on and was always willing to back up or slow down if we needed her to. Highly recommend! "

"Ms. Tesh was fabulous. She kept the material interesting as possible and I feel very prepared and much more confident about the LSAT." -Summer 2012

Great Class! I feel so much more prepared and this classs is great great that it can help any level student. Ms. Tesh is very accessible and knowledgeable which provides for a great learning environment." -Summer 2012

"Loved this class. I feel much more confident after taking it and will recommend to anyone I know taking the test." -Summer 2012

"Having had limited knowledge about the LSAT before this course, I now feel less aftraid of taking the test. I also feel that the techniques I learned will benefit me." -Summer 2012

With out the help of this class and instructor I would be lost taking the LSAT and preparing on my own." -Summer 2012

 


 

Frequent questions about the LSAT

 

What is the LSAT?

The LSAT is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non-ABA-approved law schools.  The test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  The LSAT provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.  The test is administered 4 times a year at hundreds of locations around the world.  Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall.

The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions.  A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. (Taken from the LSAC website: www.lsac.org)

 

When is the LSAT Given? What are the Test Dates

The LSAT is administered 4 times per year as a paper based test.  The September/October, December, and February LSAT dates are on Saturdays.  The June exam is administered on Monday. 

 

Who should take the LSAT?

The LSAT is required by all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools, most Canadian schools. Many other law schools also require or accept the LSAT.

 

What is tested on the LSAT?

  • Reading Comprehension Questions – Measure your ability to read and understand complex materials.
  • Analytical Reasoning Questions – Measure your ability to structure relationships and draw logical conclusions about relationships.
  • Logical Reasoning- Assess your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments after reading a short passage.
  • Writing Sample (not scored)

 

How is the LSAT scored?

  • Scores range from 120 to 180
  • Your score on the LSAT is based on the number of questions you answer correctly within the 4 scored sections of the exam.  You are not penalized for incorrect answers.
  • LSAC takes your raw score and translates it to a score within the standard scale range to account for variance in difficulty on test forms.
  • Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker's score. LSAC uses the other section to test new questions and / or question formats.  You will not know which section is not being scored.
  • The writing sample is not scored by LSAC, but is forwarded to the law schools to which you are applying. 

 

What is a good score?

It depends.  The 50th percentile for everyone that takes the test is approximately 150.  However, a good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not by a number.  Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and an average for everyone in the program to get a better idea of what a good score will be for you.

 

How much does it cost to take the LSAT?

2014 Fees (To– December 2014)

  • LSAT Registration         $170
  • Cancellation                 Partial refund of test fee, minus $51 processing fee.

*Current as of 01/01/2014. These figures change frequently. Check LSAT website. 

 

Can I retake the LSAT?

You can take the LSAT up to 3 times in a 2 year period.  However, all of your scores will be reported to the schools to which you request reporting.  In the event that you take the test multiple times, LSAT advises that schools take the average of your test scores as an indicator of your true ability.  Many schools now only consider the higher score, but it is important to know the policy of the schools to which you apply and perform as well as possible on the exam when you take it.   

 

How do I contact LSAT?                                  

www.lsac.org and http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/about-the-LSAT.asp

 

Can I take a practice test?

Yes. Practice tests are available free from LSAC.  A previous LSAT exam is available in PDF format the LSAT website.

 

How do I register for the LSAT?

Register online at http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/test-dates-deadlines.asp.   

 

I may need special accommodations for the test. How do I arrange to take the test?

LSAC makes arrangements for test takers than need special accommodations.  However, you must submit an Accommodations Request Packet. The website contains information about requesting accommodations and accommodations at ABA-approved law schools.

You must register for the LSAT before submitting your request for accommodation

 


 Related Links:

LSAT: This paper based test is offered four times during the year. For more information about the test and to register, visit their website

University of South Carolina Pre-Professional Advising: Pre-Professional Advising Office helps and guides students through the application process for law and medical schools.

University of South Carolina Admissions Office: To apply to USC, admisson process, deadlines, and to contact an admissions counselor.

University of South Carolina School of Law: Learn about the School of Law, admission requirements, schedule a visit, and to contact a counselor.

University of South Carolina Visitor's Center: Schedule a campus tour!

University of South Carolina Financial Aid & Awards: To learn about financial aid or an award and to apply.

University of South Carolina Graduate School: View programs offered, an application, and to contact a counselor.

University of South Carolina Career Center: Located on the 6th floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. Career Center offers services with finding hands-on experience, locating full and part-time employment opportunities, career fairs, job shadowing, mock interviewings, counseling, career assessments, and workshops.

 

If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.

 

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