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LSAT books, particularly Powerscore RC, Powerscore LR, and LSAT SuperPrep, can be effectively incorporated into one's GMAT studies. I used these three books and, in my humble opinion, the RC questions are excellent. The LR questions are also good for practice, although some question types do not appear on the GMAT and are therefore out of scope.
LSAT questions are considered more challenging than their GMAT counterparts. Indeed, most LSAT test takers usually comment on the disparity between the two in terms of difficulty level. LSAT RC passages are longer and can be much more complex. The actual RC questions can also be quite tricky. Simply put, the LSAT tests your RC skills to the max. The LR also offers a strong challenge, but this is partly due to the wide range of question types - some of which you will never see on a GMAT test.
If you're searching for practice only, then look no further than the LSAT SuperPrep. This book may be overkill for some, but it contains 250 questions and explanations relevant to the GMAT (150 LR, 100 RC). And the price is reasonable. Another option is to simply visit the GMATClub forums and practice with LSAT questions.
I would, however, advise you to pick either the Powerscore LR or Powerscore CR - not both. The LR version is identical to the CR book, except that it's much larger and covers more topics. Purchasing both the CR and LR would be a waste of money.
It's also worth noting that Powerscore LR and Powerscore RC are expensive, difficult, and take a great deal of time and energy to finish. Don't underestimate them. Purchasing these guides becomes harder to justify once we remember that Powerscore CR and Manhattan RC are available and specifically catered to the GMAT.
The Powerscore CR Bible is very, very good and should provide you with all the information necessary to score very well in CR. Don't purchase both the CR and LR books, as that would be a waste of money. Since you already have the CR version, stick with that.
Yeah, from my personal experience I think the Powerscore CR Strategy is excellent. They address the mechanics of the problem instead of just teaching you tips and tricks. And they don't ask you to write down a lot of stuff, hence wasting your time. However, that said, the Powerscore CR Bible/Powerscore On-Demand Course doesn't really have many examples or problems to work on. So that book should mainly be considered a strategy book and not a practice book.
My advise would be to read through the CR Bible and gather the strategy from there and then buy another book like Veritas CR or MGMAT CR or the OG Verbal and work on problems there using the CR strategy. Don't waste your money/time in buying both the LSAT and GMAT CR. They're practically the same
Also, when doing LSAT CR just skip 'parallel reasoning' questions. Too difficult and a headache. Plus you'll never see a GMAT CR question that hard.
The LSAT LR section that gave me the most trouble was Conditional Reasoning. If you can handle that, then you're the man!
But if you're going to invest in the Powerscore LR Bible, then I suggest going through it completely. It toughens you up and allows you to see GMAT CR from a different and more complete perspective. I don't think that the book is necessary for most people, though. Powerscore CR is the most popular GMAT-specific book on this topic and should be enough. Plus, it's cheaper and smaller.
Hey guys, i am looking for extensive practice in verbal. I already have the GMAT CR bible. I understood that the LSAT bible and the GMAT bibles are the same? So should i buy the LSAT CR Bible or the LSAT LR bible or the GMAT ones or both?....I am lost :)
Re: LSAT Books for GMAT Verbal Prep [Master Thread] [#permalink]
06 Mar 2012, 14:31
I am thinking about buying official LSAT books.
Each LSAT test has 2 sets of about 25 CR. So SuperPrep 2004 and 2007 has about 150 CR in 3 tests. There are three more books: 10 Actual, 10 More Actual and 10 Next Actual Official LSAT PrepTests. About 500 CR questions in each of them.
1. Does SuperPrep contain answer explanation? I was reading somewhere that the 10 test books don't.
3. Is there any value in purchasing the 10 Actual, 10 More Actual or 10 Next Actual? Since these book don't contain any explanation I am doubtful about their usefulness. Moreover, it will be too much to practice.