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Pros: 1. Difficulty - Passages are longer and more complex than their GMAT counterparts. At times, questions can be quite difficult and convoluted. 2. Practice – There are about 100 real LSAT RC questions. There are also some exercises developed by Powerscore in the beginning of the book. 3. Discussion – The book does an excellent job at explaining RC and discussing strategies and technique. 4. Product Quality – Although a minor issue, the pages and book cover are of good quality.
Cons: 1. Intended Use – This book is an LSAT guide. Obviously, there will be some irrelevant topics covered. Reading some sections might actually do harm. 2. Price – At 38 dollars, this book cannot be considered cheap. 3. Size – The book is 360 pages long. Granted, a considerable portion of the book should be skipped, but this is a serious investment in time for most people. 4. Style – The book’s content is extremely dense! Some days, ten pages felt like an eternity. I swear, sometimes this book emits sleeping gas. I literally fell asleep once or twice while reading. And this is coming from a person who thinks Powerscore CR is a smooth and enjoyable read!
Overall Assessment: After reading this book, I am a much more active and aggressive reader. At times, I can anticipate shifts in a passage, as well as identify a potential question source. But a 360-page book at 38 dollars is asking an awful lot from people who need to invest their limited time and money on other GMAT areas. But if you are particularly weak in RC, or have extra time, then this is a very powerful guide. _________________
As long as you are comfortable with reading in English, then everything should be fine. The book's writing style is boring, though. If you are particularly weak in RC, or if you are determined to take studying to an extreme level, then this book will help. _________________
The Powerscore CR Bible is excellent. The writing style is very clear, and the book does a fantastic job at explaining each type of CR question. I wish the book was a little cheaper, but other than that small issue, I cannot think of any problems with it.
I have noticed, however, that super high verbal scorers actually prefer the LSAT Powerscore LR Bible. You should be able to find some very good discussions on the LR book.
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask! I will try my best to answer them. _________________
I hope it works out for you, prabir2001! I also used the Powerscore LR Bible, but that wasn't the best choice for me, as I had already finished the CR book. Make sure to pick just one of those.
But the RC guide can make a difference, I think. Just make sure that there's room for improvement. If you're already doing well in this category, then it's better to focus on your weak points. _________________
Hi, thanks for posting your review.. My weakest part in the verbal section is RC,read the Manhattan RC, but did not help, I recently bought the LSAT RC bible, but I have only 20 days till my test date. What sections would you recomend me reading? perhaps I could only read the LSAT RC bible passages just to become familiar with the language or can you think of a better idea on how I could improve my RC?
In terms of what to skip, chapters 1, 4, 9, and 11 are not directly relevant. To truly get the benefit of the book, however, you should read the rest: chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10. If you're aggressive, you can probably finish the book in two weeks. But start right now.
Also check out the Manhattan website and complete the verbal tests. You have free access if you purchase any of the guides. And, of course, the OG questions will help.
I'm upset because I typed a long post and then it got erased when I tried to post a link since I'm not allowed to post links yet.
Here's the quick summary of what I had written:
-I got the RC bible when studying for the LSAT. It's not that good. -MGMAT is better because it has the same strategies as PowerScore, but at least it's focused on the GMAT. -In general, don't spend too much time reading books about how to read better. Your time is better spent practicing RC problems over and over. -RC marathons of 20 RC passages in a row are extremely helpful. (Obviously you want to stop and review your answers and mistakes after each passage.) I was trying to post a link to a discussion of this on a Law School forum.
If you haven't read the two books by now, you will be pressed for time. Try to stay calm and carry out your plan as quickly as possible. Manhattan RC should probably take a week or less to finish. After that, immediately move on to the Kaplan book. Another option is to work with some LSAT RC questions. These offer excellent practice for the RC. In fact, I strongly recommend LSAT RC to anyone weak in this area.