Originally Posted by mr_economy
Would you say the Kaplan class is worth the money on top of, say, buying the books? I've never been one to take classes on taking tests (ACT, SAT, etc.), but the LSAT is pretty damned important in terms of getting in to top law schools. $1200 is a little steep for me, though.
I'd start by buying one of the $15 books at Borders that come with sample tests. Work through one one of the tests at your leisure and check your score. If you do very well, you probably don't need the class.
Caveat: I took the LSAT something like 16-17 years ago. I know the scoring has changed substantially - the score I got wouldn't even make sense now b/c it's a totally different scale - but I assume that the content is generally similar. That said: I found the LSAT to be one of the "purest" standardized tests I've ever taken. By that I mean that it tests substantive knowledge (like vocabulary, math skills, etc.) less than any other standardized tests I can remember taking (SAT's, Iowa tests, whatever), and thus your score largely measures what you can call "logical reasoning" or, if you prefer, "test-taking ability". If your intellectual organization is such that you tend to find the format of standardized tests, IQ tests, logic puzzles, etc. accessible and to do well on them, you probably don't need an SAT prep class. If you tend to find such tests tricky, confusing, etc., and/or generally tend to score lower on standardized tests, I'd imagine a prep class might be beneficial.
But before you make that investment of time and money, just do a practice test and get a feel for what's involved in taking the test.