167 of 171 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2008
This is a book of 10 real LSAT PrepTests published by the Law School Admission Council. They were administered from October 1999 - October 2002.
Each PrepTest contains the 4 scored sections of the exam, as well as the writing sample. These PrepTests do not contain comparative reading questions, which were added to the exam in June 2007. As such, you'll want to practice with several newer exams also.
LSAT PrepTest 29 - October 1999 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 30 - December 1999 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 31 - June 2000 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 32 - October 2000 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 33 - December 2000 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 34 - June 2001 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 35 - October 2001 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 36 - December 2001 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 37 - June 2002 LSAT
LSAT PrepTest 38 - October 2002 LSAT
I'm a professional LSAT tutor in NYC, and I also run LSAT Blog. In my experience, I've found that many LSAT books out there choose to make up their own questions rather than pay the licensing fee to the Law School Admission Council to use real questions. However, this practice leaves students woefully unprepared. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to study from REAL LSAT questions, which are exactly what this book provides. I recommend these exams to all of my students. However, you'll need many more LSAT PrepTests than those in this book in order to adequately prepare. (See the tips on my site for more information about what to complete before taking the LSAT.)
137 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
If you only take 10 PrepTests before the real LSAT, these shouldn't be the tests you take. Get the newest tests you can beginning with PrepTest 39. They aren't yet sold in a book, so you'll be buying individual test booklets. If you have time to finish all of those then add this book.
It contains modern LSATs (post December 1995). Even though the tests are newer you'll still notice some slight variation between these tests and the real LSAT you'll take. That said, it's an excellent study aid, it's cost effective, and it's easier to order than a bunch of seperate tests.
This book contains:
PrepTest 29; October 1999
PrepTest 30; December 1999
PrepTest 31; June 2000
PrepTest 32; October 2000
PrepTest 33; December 2000
PrepTest 34; June 2001
PrepTest 35; October 2001
PrepTest 36; December 2001
PrepTest 37; June 2002
PrepTest 38; October 2002
66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
In a fit of compulsiveness, I bought all three of the Law School Admission Council's "10 AO LSAT" books. (The first is "10 AO LSATS", followed by "10 More AO LSATs" and now this, "10 Next AO LSATs."). All three books contain offcially released, actual LSATs. However, if only buying one, I would say that this is the best choice. The tests are newer; moreover, it seems to me that the "games and "logic" sections of the current LSAT, though ostensibly the same as when first introduced in 1994, have been made slightly easier. If you just read the first book, you may be needlessly scared and discouraged. With this book and to a lesser extent the second book, you will at least not have unjustified anxiety. This is still a TOUGH test, but but no longer quite the nightmare it was back in the mid 90s.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2004
My LSAT prep consisted of doing pretty much every practice test from all three of the AO books, as well as skimming Kaplan LSAT 180. It was an insanely boring way to prepare, but I was satisfied with my results. I did the tests in chronological order, figuring that it was best to save for last the tests which most resembled the one I would be taking for real.
This may just be a function of the order in which I took the practice tests, but I found the games in this book harder than the games in the previous two. I was freaked out by the fact that my scores on the games section started dropping as I made my way into book 3.
The games in this book are slightly different from the ones in the others, and I think I would have been surprised by the games on the real test if I hadn't bought this book as well as the other two. I had learned how to do the old ones, but the new ones threw me a bit. Through this book, I got familiar with the newer types of games, which enabled me to solve them on the real test.
Doing all of the practice tests (older and newer) worked best for me. But if you only have a couple of weeks to study rather than a few months, my advice would be to focus on the newer ones, or at least to do a mixture of the older and newer ones. Good luck!
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2005
This packet is the newest of three such packets released by LSAC, and is invaluable to anyone studying for the LSAT. I highly recommend avoiding at all costs any practice test that is not real LSAT released by LSAC; the practice tests manufactured by Kaplan, Barron's, Princeton Review and the like tend to be over-simplified, and often have little in common with the actual LSAT.
Although I recommend taking as many practice LSATs as humanly possible in preparation for the real thing, if you are short on time, get this packet instead of the previous two. The test has changed a lot over the years, and in most instances, has become more difficult; I find scoring 178 on a test from the mid-nineties to be less challenging than scoring a 170 on a test from last year.
It is true that this packet simply contains past LSATs with their answer keys, and no explanation for why the right answer is the right answer. Unless you feel as extremely unfamiliar with the types of questions on the LSAT, however, that there are no explanations is probably a plus: figuring out why your answer to a question was wrong is actually more valuable than simply getting the question right. Having another book handy which explains the test and question types--I recommend Kaplan's--is extremely beneficial, though.
And good luck to all future LSAT takers!
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2008
There are definitely better books for understanding how to take the LSAT, but this book is a great follow-up because it lets you get a feel for a lot of different types of questions, as well as timed practice for the real test. I would definitely suggest using this along with a different stuty guide to prep for the LSAT.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2008
Seriously, if you are purchasing any book that isn't the official LSAT prep test series you are selling yourself short. They do not approximate the type of questions that you are going to see on a real LSAT.
These books, on the other hand, are perfect for prepping for the LSAT. There is nothing like the real thing.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2004
The Next 10 LSATs book is a decent buy, but suffers from the age-old fault that there are absolutely zero explanations for why the answers are what they are, and absolutely no insight into the theory of the test, or techniques to use.
If you have the money and time, buy (and take) all three 10 Prep books. If you only want to buy one or two books, you should pass on the Next 10 AOLPT.
A better way to go is to buy the 10 More Actual Official LSAT PrepTests (the book published prior to the Next 10) and also buy Get Prepped's explanations to the 10 More AOLPT. That way you don't have to figure out for yourself every single question.
It is true that the LSAT games are easier than they were (the test is still a monster though). But once every three or four LSATs they will recycle a game type from the early 1990s. People who never practice with those older tests (Found in 10 Actual Official LPT), get totally blindsided because they never saw one. So you may want to consider buying the 10 Actual Official LPT instead of the Next 10, if you want to cover all your bases. Might as well practice with the harder old stuff and then you can handle the less complex new stuff.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2004
All this book is is ten old LSAT tests and answer keys. There is a short description of the test at the begining of the book, but no study materials other than the tests and keys. And no explanations of why answers are correct. If you have looked at a sample LSAT test then you already know that learning facts is not going to help. The test mostly goes on logic and uses puzzles and short questions to test your logic. There is also a reading comprehension section. So studying isn't a big issue because there is nothing to memorize. However taking practice tests will familiarize you with the test and reaquaint you with the standardized test not seen since highschool. So this is an excellent way to prepare for the LSAT.
I recommend getting one of these packages of ten LSAT tests or a triple pack. I have looked through other study books at the bookstore and I don't feel that they are that helpful: Practice tests tend to be dumbed down compared to old LSATs and the study strategies laid out in the books I looked through were not that profound. In terms of having an explanation of why an answer is correct it may be better to just look at the question and the correct answer and figure it out for yourself. This way you are thinking through things as you will when you are actually taking the test. (If you want explanations of answers then LSAC also puts out triple preps, in which some of the answers are explained. The cost per test for the triple preps is comparable here.)
Basically here you are getting 10 old LSATS and answer keys. There are also two other similar books (10 Actual Official LSATS and 10 More Actual, Official LSATs). Out of the three this one (Next 10 Actual, Official LSATS) is most recent, so if you are only getting one then get this one.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2006
The tests released after this book (tests 39-52), have a format where the analytical reasoning games have become much easier, but the reading comprehension section has become more difficult. Depending on your strengths and weaknesses, these tests may not accurately reflect what your final score is going to be. Starting with the June '07 LSAT (test 53), they are again changing the test--the reading comp section is going to have a compare and contrast section (see the LSAC website for more info). Regardless, the best preparation is to take EVERY test that has been published, and to review every question to see what makes certain questions correct, and what makes them incorrect. Only taking the tests won't get you as high of a score increase. Expect to spend 6 months to a year studying, especially if you are in school or working. You need all the practice you can get.