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First of all, I never leave reviews for any product or service that I use… I am one of those guys that just lurks around and reads what other people have said without contributing my own review. However, after completing 7Sage’s full 629 hour LSAT Ultimate course, I’ve been waiting until the day that I took the real LSAT (hopefully for the last time!) so I can share how incredible this course has been for me.
I’m a senior. At one of the top undergraduate business schools in the country… I also went to a very highly ranked prep school before that. I don’t want to say that to brag. I want to say that because NONE of my professors/tutors/teachers/mentors/ANYONE has ever been as helpful as JY has been to me. And it’s not even close. When I was in high school, I used a VERY expensive SAT/ACT prep service that required me to drive 45 minutes to a physical office where I was given photocopied test packets and told to time myself on my own. Then when I finished, I was to notify one of the tutors who would grade the test. While I would get some feedback on my errors, I was never taught the fundamental PRINCIPLES to how to approach these standardized tests.
The fact that this course taught me the PRINCIPLES to logic is what stands out the most to me when I think back to my time preparing for the LSAT. I’ve heard nightmare stories about friends of mine who have taken Kaplan courses or one of those other big name courses. My parents were even apprehensive about letting me use 7Sage because they thought I was just choosing the cheap option. But 7Sage provided me EVERYTHING I needed to succeed. First of all, it is an online course. I was able to start at my own time, go through the course at my own speed, pause the videos when I was confused, and skip over easy LR videos instead of having to spend half an hour on something I already understood (I was worried that in a Kaplan course, the incompetent tutor would waste my time explaining an easy question to someone less committed than me). Also, the ability to speed up or slow down the videos was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE and should not go unnoticed. While the course is officially 629 hours, I was able to adjust my brain to understand JY talking at 1.7x speed… I swear that he sounds like he is high when I slow him back down to 1.0x speed. If I ever get to meet him, I’m not gonna be able to help myself but to say, “speed up!!! you’re talking too slowly!!” Like I don’t even want to get to my next point. This one feature alone should get its entire paragraph. A wholeeeeee paragraph on being able to speed up the videos! I mean… it’s important! I had this old man tutor me for the SAT and he always took foreverrrrrr to explain one question. I just wanted him to get to the point! And with this feature, I was able to do that. By the end of the course, I felt like the main character from the movie “21” who was able to do advanced math in his head when he was counting cards… except it was me internalizing JY’s words at lightning speed.
Oh and I would use my laptop, iPad, and iPhone to get through the course… It was easy on all of my devices to pick up where I left off and view all the videos from my iPad/iPhone. Everything was compatible… Which is a big deal because other professors have given me software that requires Flash Player or some other program that doesn’t work well with personal devices. 7Sage = simple! Plus, there is a free app that keeps time and even follows the script that is read by the proctor in the test! While I had the option of about a dozen voices, I would always use JY because I feel so comfortable listening to his voice. You might think I have some weird crush on him… but listen! JY reveals how he feels when he speaks. This is essential. For ANYONE… but especially a teacher. You know how some professors are soooo monotone when they speak? It is just always the same tone no matter what they say. They could say, “this question is difficult” or “I am sleepy” or “you don’t want to fall into this trap” and it ALL sounds the exact same. Like a poker player keeping his cards close to his chest, that monotone professor is not revealing at all how he feels about those different thoughts. When JY says a question is difficult, you can HEAR the exasperated frustration in his voice! You can see him moving his stylus thing around in a motion of chaotic annoyance at the LSAT. When he is sleepy, I can HEAR his tired expression when he mentions how he just rolled out of bed. And when he warns me (or any other student) about a tricky choice, he is impactful because he says it like it a matter of life and death. Like how a hiker would yell at a fellow hiker on top of a cliff if seeing him getting too close to the edge. My point is that JY is INVESTED in what he is talking about. He cares about what he is talking about. He isn’t like a lot of the tutors and teachers I had growing up that think just stating the material is enough. No. While this course is over 26 FULL DAYS if you add it all up, I NEVER got bored… especially when hearing JY’s voice. Besides the fact that he consistently reveals how he feels about the material, JY is extremely thorough with going over every word on every PrepTest… every passage, every question, every answer. The great thing about the way JY teaches is that I felt like I had two chances to get a question correct… either I choose the right answer or I eliminate the 4 wrong ones. JY goes through each question and explains why the right answer is 100% correct and why the wrong ones are 100% incorrect. I like that. I like that I don’t have to be anxious that there will be a question with 2 potentially correct answers. And I like that the course explains this right off the bat.
Right at the very top of the syllabus, I was greeted with seeing green, red, and blue circles that showed my progress. When I first started the course, I was incredibly overwhelmed with how much further I had to go. It was even worse after my first night… it was 3am and I checked the green circle to see it say only 2%! I’m a binge watcher when it comes to TV shows… Like the House of Cards… I watched the entire second season in one night! But this course can’t be done in a few days. It takes day after day after day of hard work to even get a few more percentage points closer to 100%. Of course, there were nights when I would just rip up the PrepTest I was grading and tell myself that I would never get Logical Reasoning. But there was always a motivating little message at the top of the syllabus… or a reassuring comment at the bottom of one of the videos. Ohhhh… I didn’t even mention this until now but the other members of this community are great as well! I wish I had taken more time to read the comments and contribute myself… but very often the comments would influence the way I see a certain question and help me understand what is going on.
Besides that, the tracking tools were very, very helpful. I was able to see the progress I made after submitting my answers for each PrepTest… and the tests were automatically graded with the proper curve! Oh and every question is rated by level of difficulty… Oh and then I can see on a graph which particular Logical Reasoning (or the other sections) questions that I was having the most problems with… Like I was able to improve my score by a few points just because the analytics told me that I was struggling with Necessary Assumption questions. Fuckkkkkk I love this course! haha
I love how it started with the fundamentals of logic and then went into detail about every type of Logical Reasoning question that typically appears on the test. Once I had the basics down, it became very easy to pick apart the arguments and figuring out where the premises and conclusion are. Oh and Logical Games… JY just keeps it as simple as possible. No weird tricks or anything like that. He just goes down the list of rules with a certain calmness that assures me that any game can be conquered.
The PrepTests are so easy to print out. I didn’t have to buy any more materials after getting this course, which is thousands of dollars cheaper than the courses that some of the other students in my classes used. Oh and good call on the 3 wristwatches… JY recommends getting these $8 watches for keeping time in the test and they worked perfectly today… Even though by this point, I already have a mental clock that tells me if I’m spending too much time on each question.
I could go on and on forever about 7Sage… The blog entries are also very informative about law school… Oh and while the 7Sage site never gave me any problems, apparently the site went down for a couple hours one night. Soon after, I was given a free extra month just for any potential problems that I might have had! The service here is top notch, even if I never got to spoke with JY directly. It’s so weird… I feel like he is my friend and he doesn’t even know who I am. I spent more time hearing his voice over the summer than with anyone else’s… including my own family. And there are other small things too that have been great… like how the full PrepTest 72 test/videos was available to me for like less than $7. And so quickly after the test was released. I mean everything here is top notch and I wish every course was a 7Sage one.
Oh and I want to give a shoutout to Alan… I don’t really know what he does besides the backend stuff. But you helped make this place so thank you! Anddddddd Jon! I feel so bad for you. Like you’re the Scottie Pippen to JY’s Michael Jordan. Pippen was a 6x champion, 7x all star, and NBA Hall of Famer. Your videos would be the best on the internet if you didn’t have the GOAT on your team. It actually pisses me off when you explain the answer to a question only to get one comment that says, “JY, can you explain this one?” APPRECIATE THE WANG! People might not appreciate you Jon, but I do. You were there for me when I felt like a moron for getting #2 wrong, a ridiculously easy “one star” question, because I didn’t read the stimulus correctly. You were there for me when I needed you, Jon!! And I’ll never forget you.
For my MAIN CONCLUSION, I have to say that 7Sage is AWESOME! It is the best, most thorough, highest quality LSAT course by a WIDE, WIDE margin. I’ve looked at the other options. I’ve checked out the different LSAT prep books at the bookstore that don’t even use REAL questions. I’ve suffered through boring YouTube videos explaining the “mindset” required to do well on the LSAT that just left me even more confused. And I’ve spent the time to check out other “gurus” in the field… like that ridiculous Velocity Test Prep guy who seems like he is trippinggggg balls in his videos. Nothing compares. I would highly, highly recommend 7Sage to ANYONE… not just potential law schools students but to anyone who wants to be able to pick apart arguments, point out flaws in an argument’s reasoning, and have the ability to read a complicated passage and retain the material well enough to answer tricky questions.
I’m only a little bit less than half way through the curriculum (didn’t start timed preptests yet) but 7sage is AMAZING! I first started to study on my own using Powerscore bibles and they were decent. Then I couldn’t keep myself motivated without a curriculum so I decided to enroll in a Kaplan course without doing much research (and because it was the only nearby test prep center in my school’s area). To be quite honest, I did not put in enough time and energy into the course but their methods were simply not very intuitive and the material and instructor did not keep my engaged. I finished the course but honestly left feeling underprepared for the exam– I felt as if Kaplan only gave me the barebone basics to the LSAT and not enough to help me reach my full potential. I eventually got more serious about the idea of attending law school and started doing my own research and soon I discovered the amazing 7Sage! I remember the first time I found JY’s free LG explanations online and I started studying with them– I found myself excited to learn more about how to tackle each game!
As of now, I’m taking some time off before law school to just study for the test full time and I have decided to invest in the Ultimate curriculum. It has simply been the best $550 I have spent! JY’s videos are clear and informative– and really breaks things down for you. As a student, I find myself engaged and often times laughing out loud during his video explanations because his strong, yet no bullshit personality shines through. I appreciate the fact that he organizes his material in a way that everything builds on something we’ve learned in the past and that the LSAT is broken down in a very formulaic and repetitive exam that anyone (with the right preparation) can do well on. I also really appreciate the fact that JY goes through every single answer choice on a problem and does not skip out on anything– as an instructor, he brings himself down to our level (a student that is unfamiliar with the material and needs everything explained) rather than speaking to us on a different level (“oh i’m an lsat instructor that scored really well etc etc). And the fact that everyone is in video form is great so I know I can always go back to something and learn it again if I need to.
The added plus is that the website is easy to navigate– with a very user-friendly interface (from a note-taking section, to the little stars next to each lesson that you want to highlight, to the LSAT analytics) and friendly community of students and instructors. I’m not even done with the curriculum yet and I know that the 7Sage LSAT prep is definitely going to help me own the upcoming exam! Thank you to JY and the 7sage staff– you’re all lifesavers :) Sorry for the super long review– but I really do want everyone else to know how great this program is!
7Sage is FANTASTIC!
I started my study with the PowerScore books and was scheduled to take their full-length in-class course. They contacted me three days before the course was supposed to start and told me it was canceled due to low enrollment. Super disappointed, I discovered that there was no where else in my state (!) to take a course in person in preparation for the June LSAT. I chose 7Sage after watching several hours of free Logic Games explanations online as a disappointed second to the “real” classroom experience.
Fast-forward a month…
I could not be happier that I chose 7Sage over the PowerScore classes. Not only did I save myself $1000 dollars, but I believe the instruction I have received (about 45% of the course) has been invaluable. While I was initially worried about not being able to talk to a real, live person whenever I had a question, I find that just about anything I can think of to ask is covered in the videos. If you’re on the fence, let me help you out: CHOOSE 7SAGE!
Like Barney Stinson from the HIMYM would say:
This course is AAAAAAAWESOME!!!!
I absolutely love 7Sage. The course is an amazing value, and it is incredibly streamlined. However, the only critique I have is with the video player. Would it be at all possible to have closed captions on the videos? Frequently, I’m in spaces where I can study, but I cannot always use headphones. Having closed captions would allow me to progress without having to be in a personal space or equipped with headphones.
Fantastic course with (generally) easy to understand concepts. Wish I would have done this the first time around.
I highly recommend 7Sage! I signed up for the Ulitmate+ Course with only 3 months to spare before my LSAT (not remotely enough time to complete it especially when working fulltime). However, despite this, I still think my money was well worth it. I raised my score by 8 points in that amount of time, and while I’m not going to be accepted into a T14 school, I’m happy to say that I have some great scholarship options at some reputable schools. At the end of the day, the time and money I put into 7sage paid off big time.
Also side note, JY is amazing and his personality comes through in the videos which makes a challenging and dry study sessions actually fun. Five stars!
Tried Powerscore and didn’t find studying via text to be best suited to my learning style. This program was a solid investment.
I like the pricing structure, the discussion forms, the email updates/highlights, the various webinars, the breakdown and explanation of actual LSAT questions, the opportunity to join study groups, and the Law School Admissions support feature. I like that 7Sage focuses solely on LSAT prep and there are experts of the LSAT that created the content. I think the format is palatably structured in “byte” sized segments so you feel you are progressing through the material. It is great deal of content for working individuals; but it is accessible via cell, tablet, desktop, lap top, etc….I would like to see more digital flashcards, a companion guide, and more comparison charts (valid/invalid forms, etc…). I do like the visual illustrations of the content and the hierarchy topic tree introductions to the sections. After the 1/26/2019 LSAT exam – I guess I’ll really know how well it worked for me.
When I started studying for the LSAT, I was determined to get to a 170 after starting with a 158 diagnostic. The Powerscore books gave me a good overview, but it only got me to a 163 on the June 2018 LSAT. I found 7sage, and though I was skeptical because it kind of seemed too good to be true, it became clear immediately that I was in the hands of LSAT experts. If I could do it again, I would’ve started with 7sage the very instant I decided to pursue law school in the first place.
Even though I was working full time and training a new puppy, I was excited to get to studying for a few hours every night with 7sage… unlike with Powerscore, I never felt like I was dreading to get back to studying! Between July and November, I was able to bring my PT average from 162 to a very consistent 170, just in time for the November LSAT, on which I indeed achieved a 170 exactly.
I can’t thank 7sage enough. Their emphasis on fundamentals, studying and testing strategy, and especially the analytics tool, were essential. Though I think I could’ve gone further with a more comprehensive course, the LSAT Premium was just right for what I needed (and for how much time I realistically had). I am crossing my fingers to get into some of my dream schools, but I wouldn’t even be in the ball park if it weren’t for 7sage. Thank you SO MUCH 7sage!
Aloha JY et Al, to answer your question, I have found 7sage to be superior to every other LSAT prep tool I have employed. My first look was in 2014 at a Princeton Review pub called Cracking the LSAT. Comparatively, the material instruction is sparse and the delivery dry. I was trying to complete my prep during a 70 hour work week ; it was near impossible. At the time, I believed I was smart enough to prep in about 3 months through self-study alone. I could barely get through the in-book practice questions without becoming totally exasperated. My prep was intermittent from then until 2017 June. I saw your course, greatly admired your speed and ability but balked at paying 200 CDN$ for what I believed I could get from a $35 book. So I finished the Princeton Review and got 60+/-5 on my first PT. I did realize the importance of saving PT’s so I focused on prep. Barrons is ok Kaplan’s is pretty good, Kim’s Trainer is very good, Graeme’s Hacks are pretty good and as I’ve already said, 7sage is superior. I cannot honestly think of any recommendations for improvement. Perhaps once I sit the LSAT in March something will come to me. The audio and video format makes for a great ease of assimilation. Being able to gauge the speed with which your brain, JY, works while discussing the lesson problems is also very useful when gauging one’s own level of comprehension. The exercises and quizzes also tend to motivation; an element I find difficult to maintain when doing book work alone.
As it happens, the psychometricians who designed the LSAT were able to determine that the skills required for success in English speaking North American law schools and in the English-speaking North American field of law were an accurate and rapid comprehension of conditional logic and the perception of arguments phrased with conditional logic as they appear in English, along with general precision of inference from reading comprehension and good intuition about the validity of argumentation in English. Having no expertise in this area there may be more that I’m missing.
Other LSAT preparatory curricula, as far as I perceived in trying them, fail to isolate the core cognitive skills being tested by the LSAT, teach that subject alone, and then apply this by repetition and practice to the skill of taking the LSAT. They throw problem sets at you more rapidly, or speak far too broadly or inefficiently about the LSAT, without strengthening your true cognitive mettle, the actual property the LSAT seeks to evaluate, which is a human property, a way a human being can exist. Someone who can score well on the LSAT, assuming its evaluative methods are accurate, and that no other method of scoring well on the LSAT exists except to excel in its evaluative criteria, is in fact someone who can accurately handle argumentation in English, and hopefully other languages if they happen to know them.
So 7Sage, in doing an excellent job in LSAT preparation, also does an excellent job of enhancing your argumentative utility as a human being, and your comprehension of the truth. I’ve been overwhelmed by the utility of what I have been learning. I’m only half way through so far and I feel more precise every day. I’m very grateful for this process. I think even someone who had no interest in going to law school might benefit thoroughly from the increased cognitive precision that 7Sage inculcates in its LSAT curriculum.
I’m taking the LSAT in January. Hopefully I remember to come back to this and indicate my score.
7sage has been such a helpful tool in studying for the LSAT. I started my studies with an expensive monthlong in-person class through one of the major “big box”/nationwide LSAT prep companies. Honestly, I regret ever even taking that class. 7Sage has already improved my score more significantly than did the other class (and I’m not fully through the curriculum yet!). JY is an eager teacher and finds really useful ways to break down how to approach questions and answer choices. Plus, outside of 7sage’s top-notch curriculum, the forum section on the site is a major resource and everyone on it is super helpful and supportive.
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