Velocity LSAT Prep Review

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Velocity Test Prep

Velocity Test Prep

Velocity LSAT Prep provides eight months of access by default (and you can pay to extend for another eight months if you need). The books used in the program must be purchased separately, and the video lessons in the course focus on the theory behind the questions, then put the theory into practice. As for price, the most basic Velocity program costs $199, while the Velocity’s most comprehensive is $799. With that, you’ll receive several hours of recorded lessons and thousands of LSAT explanations. But how does this test prep service stack up when compared to competitors? We tested Velocity LSAT Prep to find out, so read on to see the full takeaway.

The Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
  • Affordable

  • Thousands of LSAT prep test questions explained 

  • Get your questions answered any way you choose

  • Limited access period

  • No material on Digital LSAT prep

  • Newest tests not explained

  • Books must be purchased separately

  • Discussion forum inactive

What’s Included  

Velocity’s founder is adamant that anyone can achieve a high score on the LSAT with enough hard work and the right training. This self-paced online program offers plenty of resources for test-takers to review as they see fit, while also providing access to experts who can answer questions about the format of the test and specific questions. 

Eight Months of Access

Of the LSAT prep courses we tried, this is a fairly standard access period. During this time, you can access videos and get support from the instructor with any program you choose. 

There are five different general syllabi with different timelines covering different parts of the test, so you can select the one that focuses on the part of the LSAT that you need the most help with. You can also use a pre-designed schedule based on your test date. Velocity does not offer a mobile app, but it is compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. 

Hours of Video Lessons

Two types of video lessons prepare students to take the LSAT based on the history of the test and its most basic principles. 

1. Theory Lessons – In the theory lessons, founder Dave Hall discusses the types of questions that test-takers will encounter on the LSAT and strategies for each type. There are also tips and tricks for taking the exam under timed conditions.

2. Practice – Practice videos take the theories behind each question type and apply them to practice questions in the PrepTest books.

Multiple Avenues of Communication

Velocity allows you to ask questions through the following channels: 

  • Internal messaging system
  • Video feedback
  • Course video discussions
  • Office hours – 1 hour per week for 24 members – only in The Super Mega Velocity Membership (the most expensive program) 
  • Velocity’s LSAT Prep Forum

Explanations for Thousands of LSAT Questions

Velocity provides explanations for questions that have been used on actual LSAT exams (PrepTests). Depending on the program you subscribe to and the books you purchase, you’ll also have explanations for certain questions found in PrepTest books. 

Practice Tests and Explanations

Memberships at every price point will allow you to score practice tests at any time, scoring them, recording your results, and saving your progress. (Practice tests must be purchased separately)

The single-book membership will provide explanations of 10 full-length PrepTests for you. The medium package contains explanations for 30 PrepTests explanations, and the largest package, The Super Mega Velocity Membership, gains you access to explanations for all 5 PrepTest books.

Velocity’s Strengths 

An abundance of self-paced material is available for all members. Here are some other reasons why we like it though.

Affordable 

For less than $800, you can have access to all of Velocity’s online content with the company’s largest test prep package. There are over 50 practice tests and thousands more individual questions, plus hours of video content that you can watch as many times as you please. 

The smaller two packages, retailing for $199 and $549, also give you access to plenty of content on the website, excluding practice and explanation videos. 

LSAT Explanations 

The Velocity method is centered on having the right strategy to answer each LSAT question. It’s better to know the specific skill that is needed to choose the correct answer rather than loads of facts. 

You’ll need to purchase the PrepTests books separately, then consult Velocity’s website for explanations of each one. In addition, the full-access program will walk you through another 5,000 individual questions and their answers. 

Discounts 

Velocity is one of a few LSAT prep programs that gives incentives and discounts. Provide the proper paperwork and you qualify for the following discounts: 

  • Need-based aid cuts the price of two popular programs by 50 percent for anyone who has already qualified for the LSAC fee waiver. 
  • Velocity offers an upgrade discount of $100 to anyone switching from a different LSAT test prep company to Velocity. 
  • Military discounts of 20 percent are also available. 
  • Members and former members can also participate in Velocity’s referral program which will earn them 10 percent commission and allow them to give a 10% discount to friends. 

Velocity’s Weaknesses 

Without access to a personal tutor or live online classes, students are not guaranteed to get consistent support from the same person. Also, you may incur a little more hassle having to order your books separately, even though the price may make it worth your while. 

Limited Access Period 

All of Velocity’s LSAT prep courses are accessible for only eight months. In comparison, some other programs provide a year of access or even a lifetime membership for their expensive products. Alternatively, other programs offer a low monthly fee without forcing students to commit to an eight-month program in advance.

Not Up to Date for Digital LSAT

This was one of the biggest issues we saw with the program. Everything appeared to be at least a few years old, and none of the material referenced or was updated for the Digital LSAT, the biggest change to the exam since 1991. There was no discussion of LSAC’s Digital LSAT interface or strategies to address the fact that the exam is now offered on a tablet.

No Explanations for Newest Exams

The explanations only went up to exam 85, and the practice test grader only went up to exam 81. There were no explanations available for exams 86 and 87, further giving the impression that the course is not regularly updated.

Books Must Be Purchased Separately

Most online test prep courses provide everything you need in one tidy bundle, but purchasing a course from Velocity isn’t all you’ll need to do in order to get the most out of your program. 

You’ll also need to purchase copies of PrepTests from Amazon or a brick-and-mortar store. Digital and hard copies of these required course materials are an additional cost. 

Discussion Forum Inactive

There was surprisingly little activity in the discussion forum, with most posts from several months (or even years) ago. The most recent posts were seven months old and consisted of spam. The lack of activity in the community, combined with the lack of course updates, suggested that Dave Hall, the course creator, is no longer active, nor are there many students in the program. Support from a community of like-minded students is an important part of any LSAT test prep program, and the forum was lacking.

Pricing

Velocity LSAT prep courses are moderately priced, ranging from $199 to $799, and personal tutoring is available for an additional $150 per hour.

The Incredible Single-Book Membership

Price: $199

Includes: 10 PrepTests explained in detail (PrepTest book not included), all Velocity theory videos, eight months of access, four methods of communication, grade and record all available practice tests, over 1,000 LSAT question and answer explanations.

The Awesome Velocity Membership

Price: $549

Includes: 30 PrepTests explained (books not included), all Velocity theory videos, 8 months of access, four ways to communicate, grade and record all practice tests, over 3,000 LSAT questions explained, money-back guarantee.

The Super Mega Velocity Membership 

Price: $799

Includes: Over 50 PrepTests explained (books not included), all Velocity theory videos and practice videos, eight months of access, five ways to ask your questions (including live office hours), grade and record all practice tests, over 5,000 questions and answers explained, guaranteed to improve your score by 10 points or get you into the 99th percentile or your money back.

The Competition: Velocity vs. 7Sage and Blueprint

7Sage is a program with many similarities to Velocity. The amount of content available online is comparable, and both programs offer progress tracking. Pricewise, 7Sage has a program that is comparable to each of Velocity’s. 7Sage offers flexible monthly pricing plans, while Velocity does not. The bases of the courses differ as well, in that Velocity focuses equally on how to approach the questions as well as explanations, while 7Sage explains questions but doesn’t have as much content discussing the types of questions and strategies for answering them.

Blueprint is another LSAT prep program that applies the same attitude toward LSAT prepping that Velocity does, with games and videos that are enjoyable as well as educational, and both programs are founded by top scorers. Textbooks are included in the price when you go with a Blueprint program, and Blueprint offers both in-person and online options, with Velocity being an online-only test prep program without any books or physical materials included.

Final Verdict

Anyone who is confident in their ability to pace themselves and grasp materials without the constant guidance of a mentor might consider Velocity, but it will still be necessary to go elsewhere for Digital LSAT prep material and the actual exams. The top-level program promises to elevate scores by 10 points or more, or to help test takers reach the 99th percentile, so motivated students may be comforted by the guarantee. Velocity has a lot to offer in terms of online material – so it’s a good choice for those looking for a bargain.
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