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The “Tipping Point” Has Arrived – LSAT Prep = Digital

Posted on August 1, 2010 by admin

The “Tipping Point” Has Arrived – LSAT Prep = Digital

(The “Tipping Point” is a book by Malcolm Gladwell.)

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“Perhaps more than in any other category, test prep and college guide publishers are being challenged by a generation of consumers who seem permanently tethered to the internet via their laptops and phones, young people increasingly accustomed to getting whatever information they need right now and often at no cost.”

– Lucinda Dyer – Cramming for tests, trolling for schools – The
challenges of publishing guides for the young

The LSAT is one of the few remaining  “paper and pencil” based “standardized tests”. All test takers get the same questions.  GMAT, LSAT, GRE and a host of other tests are now computer based. Although, LSAT did experiment with computer based testing in the mid 1990s, there (as far as I know) are no plans to administer the LSAT on computer.

The way that people prepare for tests is a function of many things including:

–       the way they have prepared for tests in the past;
–       the way the test is administered
–       the modes that are available for test preparation (books, live classroom courses, tutoring, online, etc.)
–       the culture they live in

The cultural transition to the digital world is now almost complete. For most people their primary form of communication is digital. The connection to the online world has replaced the connection to the telephone line. This includes a combination a number of things including: email, text, instant messaging, social media, etc.

Online LSAT preparation has been available since the mid 1990s. Since that time it has never been considered to be a primary from of prep. It strikes me that the “tipping point” has now arrived. Online prep will become the primary form of LSAT prep. Books and live classroom courses will begin to become secondary forms of LSAT prep.

Let’s look at some interesting examples:

Online LSAT Prep Courses:

Category 1 – Live classes at scheduled times
Knewton is an interesting example of this.

Category 2 – Online prep at your convenience
LSAT Freedom is a new company that exemplifies this.

Law Services has begun LSAT learning seminars.

Actual LSAT Tests in Digital Format – Examples:

–       the free LSAT from Law Services is available only in digital format
–       test prep companies license the digital rights to LSAT tests
–       Cambridge LSAT is a company that sells digital LSAT tests online

LSAT Tutoring Over the Web:

There are numerous examples – do a search

LSAT Prep – iphone Apps – Examples:

–       Edupath
–       LSAT Proctor (now an iphone application)

I am sure that this will be a fast growing area.

LSAT Prep – Kindle and digital book readers

By way of example see: 101 Ways to Score High on the LSAT Kindle edition
For the general trend in publishing check  out:

LSAT Social Network Prep
– Examples:

–       Grockit has developed an LSAT course that is a “Facebook” feel to it
–       Twitter has been used by LSAT tutors to tweet an LSAT solution a day
–       LSAT Blogs are used by many LSAT prep companies and LSAT tutors
–       LSAT Facebook pages and groups
–       YouTube channels are devoted to LSAT prep
–       LSAT discussion forums

Most of you reading this post will not understand why a post like this is necessary. This is understandable because you have just started to think about LSAT preparation. These are the options that are available to you.

Five years ago, not a single option that I have referenced in this post existed. The only options were: LSAT books, live classroom LSAT  preparation courses and tutoring.

John Richardson – Toronto, Canada