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May 15, 2009

Cost of LSAT PrepTests | Prep Course vs. Self-Study

LSAT Blog Cost PrepTests Self Study CourseThis post is Part 3 of the "Secret PrepTests" series. The series starts with "The Case of the Secret LSAT PrepTests."

In this post, I contrast the costs of LSAT PrepTests depending upon whether you're a prep company or a student. It turns out LSAC charges prep companies less than it charges students, but it gives the companies more exams in return.

See Part 4 (LSAC's PrepTest Licensing Policy) for how I arrive at the figures for what "What LSAT Prep Companies Pay."

See Best LSAT Prep Books for how I arrive at figures for "What Students Pay."


What LSAT Prep Companies Pay:

Exams --- # of Exams --- Licensing Fee

June 2007 LSAT - 1 exam = $0 (free download)
46-56 - 11 exams @ $5/exam = $55
32-45 - 14 exams @ $4/exam = $56
17-31 (minus PrepTest 20, which was a free PDF) - 14 exams @ $3/exam = $42
1-16 - 16 exams @ $2/exam = $32
SuperPrep - 3 exams (without LSAC explanations) @ $3/exam = $9
February 1997 LSAT - 1 exam (without LSAC explanations) = (Not available for licensing, according to email from LSAC, but prep companies print it anyway - see Part 2)

Total: 60 exams for $194 per set



What Students Pay:

Exams --- # of Exams --- Cost

June 2007 LSAT - 1 exam = $0 (free download)
43-56 - 14 exams @ $8/exam = $112
39-42 - Not available for student purchase (pending availability on Amazon).
29-38 - 10 exams @ $2/exam in book of 10 = $20
19-28 - 10 exams @ $2/exam in book of 10 = $20
(PrepTest 20 was also a free PDF) = $0
18 - 1 exam @ $2/exam in book of 10 = $2
17 - Not available for student purchase.
9-16 - 8 exams @ $2/exam in book of 10 = $16
8 - Not available for student purchase.
7 - 1 exam @ $2/each in book of 10 = $2
1-6 - Not available for student purchase.
SuperPrep - 3 exams (with LSAC explanations) = $18
February 1997 LSAT - 1 exam (with LSAC explanations) - (now called LSAC's ItemWise - online-only) = $18

Total: 49 exams for $208 per set

You can't even get the other 12 without buying them used (if you can find them) or illegally downloading them.

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Read on for Part 4, "LSAC's PrepTest Licensing Policy."

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