Should Everyone Use LSAT for GMAT Verbal?

Should Everyone Use LSAT Questions for GMAT Verbal?

Everyone aiming for a top GMAT score would probably benefit from LSAT CR and RC practice. It’s tougher and there’s a ton of it to work through. So what might be some reasons to avoid doing LSAT questions:

  1. If you’re a couple weeks away from an official GMAT then I would stick to official GMAT questions to make sure you are 100% right on with GMAT flavor. LSAT is very close but there are some slight differences and, again, if you’re staring down the barrel of a test then go ahead and use the best thing possible to approximate test day (official GMAT).
  2. Verbal score is in the 20s or even the low 30s? You may want to be careful. LSAT work can be pretty demoralizing and there’s no sense in going crazy with difficulty level until you have solid fundamentals. In this case I would stick to easy level GMAT questions. I would also highly recommend improving your reading skills by reading economist articles and just reading more in general. Do you want to reach the top of the heap? Then you may need to spend months reading before starting test prep.
  3. You are already scoring 45+ on verbal consistently, don’t have much time to study, and don’t want to risk either burning out or confusing yourself with additional verbal material. For the most part we recommend practicing verbal even if you are doing well.  So if you are scoring in the low 40s we’ll certainly suggest you work on it so you can get to the mid or high 40s, scores that really add on to the composite. That said, we’ve had several people in the GMAT tutoring program who are natural verbal masters pretty much always scoring in the 99th%. In this case we are very hands off and tend to take guidance from the student. If they want verbal practice that’s great. If not, that’s also fine. I’d add to that: even though I pretty much have always scored in the 99% on verbal when I wanted to perfect my GMAT score I did a whole bunch of LSAT work. With that I achieved a perfect 51.

If you’re curious about the differences between the LSAT and GMAT go ahead and check out our expert GMAT vs LSAT guide.

Have a different experience or a question? Go ahead and comment. Good luck and happy studies!