Frequently Asked Questions
About Manhattan Prep
About Manhattan Prep
The biggest difference between Manhattan Prep and our competitors is our commitment to hiring only the most qualified instructors. We pay our instructors $100 per hour, up to four times the industry standard. This allows us to hire and retain the most qualified instructors.
All of our instructors have scored in the 99th percentile (about a 172+, depending on the curve) on the LSAT. In addition, candidates are required to have extensive teaching experience in order to qualify for an interview. Those selected for interviews are flown to New York to audition in front of our management team. When we hire an instructor (historically only 1 of every 10 invited to New York), he or she undergoes 100+ hours of unpaid training and a final assessment before teaching our students. Click here to read more about our individual instructors.
In addition to instructor caliber, our approach to course content and our focus also differentiate us form other test prep companies. Our curriculum is based on understanding the academics of the test (i.e. what the LSAT is testing, how arguments work, how top scorers solve logic games and read like a law student). It is not based on tricks or quick fixes to get around the material.
Manhattan Prep LSAT Programs
Yes. The Complete Course is structured to cover all three sections tested on the LSAT, plus a brief lesson on the essay. It is designed to make you engage with the material and your instructor and focuses on teaching you how to approach the exam as top-scorers do.
When you enroll in a Complete Course, you receive 66 hours of live instruction*, including weekly 30-minute Office Hour Sessions (one-on-one private instruction with a Manhattan Prep LSAT teacher) and 24 hours of live, Online Review Sessions.
Also included with your tuition are the 3 Manhattan Prep LSAT Strategy Guides (Logic Games, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension), Manhattan Prep's Practice Book I (PrepTests 41-50), and Manhattan Prep LSAT Practice Book II (PrepTests 56-70). Additionally, you will receive access to all of Manhattan Prep’s online LSAT resources, including eBook access, access to every exam released by LSAC, and on-demand class recordings of our Complete Course, Games Intensive Online Course, and Online Review Sessions.
*Practice Exams are taken outside of class and are in addition to the 36 hours of live instruction.
Between each session, you will have about 4 to 12 hours of homework, depending on which level of homework you decide to do (we show you how to customize the assignments to fit the amount of time you have). We recommend breaking it down to a few hours each day, rather than saving it all for the weekend. Cramming for 10 hours straight will result in decreased retention, brain fatigue and problems with your personal relationships and personal hygiene!
In-person course students may attend up to three make-up classes during and up to one month post-course. Online course students will be able to review recordings of each of their class sessions after they take place. All students, both in-person and online, will also have access to a complete set of class recordings in their Student Center accounts. To schedule an in-person make-up class, please visit the “Class Schedule” link located on the left-hand side of your Student Center or contact Manhattan Prep at 646-254-6480 to reserve a seat in an alternative session.
Each student comes into the program at a different level and with different goals, making improvement “averages” ineffective and misleading. For example, someone might come into the course having done no preparation whatsoever, and improve his or her score by a large margin (i.e. a 20 point increase from 150 to 170). Another student might start off already scoring around 170, but he or she ends up with a 175. Both students see extremely positive results, having achieved their desired score improvements. Clearly, score improvement averages don't tell the whole story. They don't accurately reflect what you really want to know: how satisfied students are with our courses. Click here to see some reviews from past students.
Since the LSAT is given at set times throughout the year, our courses are designed to prepare you for a specific exam. These schedules generally leave you with approximately one week to study on your own after the class is over before taking your exam.
Some people prefer a longer period of self-prep after the class ends. For these students, we recommend taking a class for the administration of the LSAT before their preferred test date (i.e. a class for June if taking the October LSAT). However, we also caution students that preparing for that amount of time can often lead to issues with focusing and motivation. Our classes are designed to fully prepare you for the test, and most students find that 2-3 months is more than enough to reach their goals.
When planning your test date, it is also important to consider the other components involved in your law school applications. In addition to studying for the LSAT, you'll have personal statements to write, a resume to revise, and recommendations to solicit. Consider how much work you have left in each of these areas when estimating how much time you can devote to studying each week.
Office Hours give you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained Manhattan Prep LSAT teacher. This is your chance to ask specific questions about homework problems, difficult concepts, or even your practice exam progress. In short, this is your time – you ultimately decide how it is used. 30-minute weekly sessions are included with our instructor-led prep courses.
All Office Hours sessions are conducted through our interactive live online classroom (Elluminate). When you sign up for a session through your Student Center, you will be given instructions on how to set up the platform used for Office Hours. The online classroom features live audio and a shared whiteboard.
Office Hours are offered at a variety of times to meet the varied scheduling needs of our students. To see which time slots are available, log in to your Student Center, click on the Office Hours tab, and proceed with the sign-up process. Note that for course students, unused Office Hours do not roll over to subsequent weeks. If you do not use it, you lose it! Also, you must cancel more than 12 hours before your session to be able to reschedule. Otherwise, you forfeit the session for the week.
No. The material covered in the Games Intensive Course is all included in the Complete Course. We separated this material into its own course as some students are only looking for help in the Games section.
The Games Intensive Course is ideal for students who already have a very strong foundation in the other sections of the LSAT. If you need help in all areas of the exam, we would recommend the Complete Course.
Aside from the obvious difference of meeting in person versus online, the courses cover the exact same content and include the same sets of materials.
While the content covered and the quality of instruction are exactly the same in our in-person and online courses, there are a few logistical differences between the two:
a) Online courses are led by two instructors instead of one, to allow for substantial interaction among students and instructors.
b) The process for making up missed class sessions is different for in-person and online courses.
Yes, the majority of the questions that you will tackle during your studies are real LSAT questions. At a few points in the course, we have written a question or logic game because we can focus it on a specific point that we want to make during a class. We’ve also written a whole slew of logic games for additional practice beyond the real logic games that we assign. This is useful for our students, as there are actually not that many examples of certain game types. However, for homework, we always encourage students to focus on the real LSAT questions we assign, and then our questions serve as a supplement.
We assign 6 LSATs during the course, but we provide you with access to every single PrepTest ever released by LSAC since the test has been in its current form (5 of which we chop up for practice sets for homework). However, we encourage you to do much more than the 6 we assign. In your Student Center you'll find a virtual proctor that you can use to practice the official timing.
Yes, we answer official PrepTest questions in our online forums. If a question hasn’t been explained, go ahead and ask for help. If you have a follow-up question, feel free to post again.
Typically, our courses meet consecutively. A skip date indicates that the class session will not meet on a particular day, and that the next class session will meet at the following regularly scheduled time. Hence, if your course has a skip date on the day that would otherwise have been your session #5, your class will continue with session #5 the following meeting.
There are a few options available to you should you fall behind in class. If you have missed any of your class sessions, you can complete the corresponding LSAT Interact Lessons in your Student Center. We think these interactive lessons will be far more beneficial to you than the On-demand Course Recordings also available in your Student Center, but the choice is yours as to how you'd like to catch up. You will have access to these Interact Lessons and Course Recordings, along with other online resources, for three months after your course ends. These Interact Lessons and On-demand Recordings are available anywhere there is internet access.
If you’re enrolled in an in-person course, you can give Student Services a call to try to schedule a make-up class. If there is another course going on in your area at that time, we can try to arrange for you to sit-in on that class.
Additionally, course students receive one 30-minute Office Hours session each week. This session is a great time to review content you have not fully grasped yet.
If these options do not work for you and you would like to withdraw from your course, you can pay a $399 retake fee and enroll in an upcoming program.
Yes. You can transfer into a new class or retake the course entirely for $399, provided the new class is not sold out.To sign up for a retake, please call us at 646.254.6480.
If you previously purchased Manhattan Prep LSAT Strategy Guides through our online store, we will deduct the price of any books that are included in our course materials from your tuition. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your eligibility for book credits.
A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in an upcoming class. If you choose to pay only the deposit to reserve your seat, the remaining balance will be due by the first class session. Balance payments can be made online, over the phone, or in-person at select classroom locations (contact Student Services to confirm whether or not this is an option in your area). Outstanding balances after the first class session will be automatically charged on the following business day. Note that if you join a course that is already in progress, complete payment is due at the time of registration.
Registration for a prep course will close the day of the second class session, or when the class reaches capacity, whichever comes first.
We offer two easy ways for you to register for our courses: online or over the phone. If you would like to enroll online, select your location on our homepage. A schedule of courses open for registration will appear. Once you have selected a course, simply click through to the course registration page and click the "Sign Up" button. You will be asked to either login with an existing username and password or create a new profile. Once you have completed your order and submitted your payment information, you will receive a confirmation email verifying your order. If you prefer to register over the phone, contact Student Services at 646-254-6480 and we will be happy to assist you.
All payments made to Manhattan Prep are nonrefundable. Due to the proprietary nature of our materials, our limited class size, the scheduling/booking costs of our instructors, and our own administrative costs, we are not able to provide refunds to students for any reason. This applies both to deposits and any other payments for all programs, private tutoring, workshops, product sales, and all other purchases. Please note that refunds are not issued for missed class sessions, course withdrawals, or unused private tutoring hours. (View our full policy here)
Your status as a Trial student does not guarantee you a seat in the full course. If you would like to secure your seat in an upcoming course, a non-refundable deposit is required.
You have a few options. You can:
a) Do a One-on-One Private Tutoring program in which your teacher will work with you to create a completely customized program.
b) Enroll in LSAT Interact, our Self-Study Program, and use the syllabus to structure a study plan using the books, class recordings, and various other online resources.
When choosing your test preparation method, you should consider your score goals, your application timelines, how you learn best, and what is within your budget. Private tutoring is particularly effective for students who prefer strong guidance and customization in their test preparation program, and can be a great method to use if you have Law School deadlines quickly approaching.
Private tutoring can be utilized in two different ways: as your primary preparation, or as a supplement to your current test prep program. You can go through the range of material covered in our Complete Course during your private sessions (with personalized customization), or you can use private tutoring to drill down on specific topics you find challenging. The decision, ultimately, will come down you your specific situation and needs. Please feel free to give our Student Services team a call at 646-254-6480 to discuss what options might be best for you.
First, create an account (if you haven't already done so) and fill out the private tutoring intake form. This form will give us a sense of your score goals and availability, so we can best match you with an appropriate tutor. Once you have submitted your intake form, give our Student Services department a call at 646-254-6480. We will ensure that we have all of the necessary information and then take a $20 deposit that will be applied towards your first tutoring session. Shortly thereafter, usually within a few days (depending on the season and current waiting list for tutors), you will be contacted by your assigned tutor to discuss your objectives and timeline. Once you have confirmed a schedule with your tutor and purchased your first hours, youâ€™ll be ready to go.
Please note that during certain times of the year we may have a waiting list for private tutoring. It is highly recommended that you call at least four weeks in advance to schedule private tutoring.
The number of tutoring hours you sign up for depends on your LSAT prep experience to date, the amount of time you have available during the week, and your application deadlines. These factors will be different for everyone; we invite you to contact call Student Services at 646-254-6480 to discuss your personal needs.
During your first session, you'll devise an appropriate gameplan with your tutor which will function as a rough syllabus for the remainder of your tutoring. Many students find this first session to be a helpful gauge of how many hours they would ultimately like to complete. We require only a minimum of two hours (one session).
Generally, sessions last for two hours. This is the time frame that our instructors have determined to be optimal for one-on-one study. That being said, each student has different needs, and instructors have different schedules, so you may be able to work out alternate arrangements. After your initial two-hour sessions, you and your instructor may decide that slightly longer (or slightly shorter) sessions are preferable. Keep in mind, however, that our instructors typically cannot schedule sessions that are under 1.5 hours.
This format is very similar to in-person tutoring in most respects. You receive the same level of interaction and personal attention from an online tutor, and he or she is able to evaluate and assist you in the same manner as an in-person tutor. Sessions are conducted via our e-learning platform, Elluminate, where you and your tutor can share a mutual online workspace. Simply sign into your tutor's online classroom at the beginning of your session and you're ready to go!
You are welcome to let us know your preference for a particular instructor. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but scheduling issues prevent us from guaranteeing that you will work with a particular instructor.
Private tutoring sessions are paid for in advance. As long as you have sufficient hours remaining in your account to cover your next session, you may continue to meet with your tutor. If you run out of hours, you can purchase additional time directly through your Private Tutoring dashboard, or by contacting Student Services at 646-254-6480.
We ask that you provide at least 24 hours notice to your instructor if you must cancel or change a tutoring appointment. In addition, you are responsible for arriving on time to your scheduled meetings. Appointments that are not canceled at least 24 hours in advance will be billed as if they had occurred. Additionally, if late arrivals to appointments result in waiting time for your instructor, this waiting time will be counted as part of your private tutoring hours.
LSAT Interact is our unique self-study program that uses interactive video lessons in conjunction with physical books and online resources, all organized in a structured syllabus. Some people choose LSAT Interact because their schedule makes it difficult to attend live classes. However, many others opt for it because it fits their study habits. Self-Study can be highly effective if you are the type of student who can stay focused and motivated. LSAT Interact is particularly effective because it is fully interactive and forces you to think and engage with the recorded lessons. About half of our students are studying on their own with our books and Interact Lessons. If you’re on the fence, you’re welcome to sign up for a free trial here.
Yes, all you have to do is pay the price difference. At that point, we’ll send you any additional materials that you’ll need for your class.
No. Topic-specific LSAT Interact students may not upgrade to the Complete version without paying the full price for LSAT Interact: Complete.
LSAT Interact students may, however, upgrade to a live course by paying just the difference between their self-study program and the cost of a course -- regardless if they have LSAT Interact: Complete or a topic-specific version of LSAT Interact.
The Official LSAT & Admissions
The Official LSAT & Admissions
Remember that your LSAT score is valid for five years, so it can be wise to prepare for and take the test even if you aren’t applying for the coming year. The longer you wait, the more time will have passed since your college “test-taking mode.” Preparation will only become more difficult with time and a full time job, so it truly makes sense to study and take the exam sooner rather than later.
To register for the LSAT, visit www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines.asp and click “Register Now.” On this page you’ll also find information on test locations, upcoming exam dates, and the necessary materials for test day.
The registration fee for the LSAT is $165. Keep in mind that there may additional fees for late or rescheduled exams; you can find an overview of the costs involved here.
The LSAT is offered four times per year, in the following months: February, June, October, and December. To find official testing date and register for the exam, visit www.lsac.org.
You can take the LSAT up to three times in any two-year period (note: cancelled scores count towards this maximum). The LSAT is only offered four times per year, so it’s important to plan in advance when deciding when to take the official test.
Individuals with online accounts through LSAC.org will receive their scores via email approximately three weeks after taking the exam. Individuals who do not have LSAC online accounts will receive their score by mail approximately four weeks after taking the exam.
Materials & Shipping
Materials & Shipping
Packages are shipped via UPS or FedEx depending on your location and which shipping option you choose. Packages to P.O. Boxes and APO/FPO addresses are shipped via USPS. Note that shipping to a P.O. Box may result in a delay in processing.
Manhattan Prep ships to any country serviced by FedEx, which delivers packages to 210 countries.
You will receive tracking information for your order one business day after it is processed. Orders placed by 1:00pm EST Monday-Friday will be processed the same day. Orders placed after 1:00pm EST or on weekends and holidays will be processed on the following business day.
There are two international shipping options available:
International Economy: 4-6 Business Days
International Priority: 3 Business Days
The prices associated with these shipping options vary depending on your country and the items in your order, you’ll be able to view these pricing options during the checkout process. Your order may be subject to shipping duties and taxes depending on the receiving country’s regulations. The customer is responsible for these fees.
At present, we offer overnight, next-day, 2-day, and ground shipping. The prices for each option vary according to the transit time. If you are enrolled in a prep course, remember that you have access to eBook versions of the Manhattan Prep LSAT Strategy Guides in your Student Center immediately upon registration. You can utilize these eBooks while you wait for your physical materials to arrive.
Once an order is processed, we will try our best to make address changes, however, this is dependent on the courier used and extra fees may apply. If you would like to request a change to your order, contact email@example.com.
Signatures are not required to deliver packages to residential domestic addresses. Under certain circumstances, the courier will not deliver if they deem the area is unsafe. We will notify you when the package is on its way, and the courier will make three attempts to deliver it to you. If you miss the delivery, you may contact us to arrange for the package to be re-delivered, but you will incur additional shipping charges. International shipments and deliveries to business addresses do require a signature.
Online Resources & Support
Online Resources & Support
To view your class recordings:
1) Go to Elluminate and log-in with your username and password
2) Select the 'Utilities' tab
3) Click on the 'Playback' icon with the speaker graphic on it
4) Set a date range inclusive of your class session and select 'View Recorded Session List'
5) Hit 'Play' next to the class session you would like to watch
Complete Course students have access to their online resources as soon as registration is complete. Online resources will be available for 9 months from the last day of class. Students using the LSAT Interact program have access to their online resources for 6 months from the date of registration.
Former Complete Course students and LSAT Interact students are eligible for one free 180-day extension. A Complete Course/Interact student who has already redeemed the free extension may purchase another for $195.
Individuals who have received online access through individual store purchases are not eligible for free extensions. If you qualify for an extension and would like to request one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-254-6480.
You can do so by clicking here.