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Blueprint vs Magoosh LSAT
Our thorough side-by-side analysis of the Blueprint and Magoosh LSAT prep courses
Choosing between LSAT prep courses can be tough, and the decision isn’t necessarily made any easier when the two courses you’re considering are as different as Blueprint and Magoosh. With vastly different price points and structural differences in their coursework, it can be plain difficult to pull the trigger one way or another. In this detailed comparison, we take a close look at each LSAT prep course and compare their major features head-to-head, so you can make an informed decision on which is best for you.
To most effectively compare these two LSAT courses, it is most helpful to see a side-by-side breakdown of the major features from each course. Here is our analysis of how these two courses compare in every important category:
There is no doubt that Blueprint provides the more structured and robust LSAT prep curriculum. Their prep program flows naturally and builds on foundational concepts, working up to harder topics. You work your way through integrated learning modules that combine video lessons, practice problem sets, drills, and review sessions, mastering the material before moving on. This is in stark contract to Magoosh’s coursework delivery, which takes a more laissez-faire approach.
Magoosh basically gives you access to a library of 90+ hours of short video lessons, and you work through them in your own manner. They do suggest videos for you based on performance, but it is generally up to the user what to do each day – watch video lessons, work practice problems and review answers, take a practice test, etc. That’s not to say we don’t like Magoosh’s actual coursework – we actually find it to be pretty strong – but in terms of structured approach to studying, our team gives the edge to Blueprint. We just think they have a much stronger and more deliberate approach to prepping for the LSAT. Advantage: Blueprint.
I will paste a snapshot from each company’s video lessons below and you’ll be able to tell from a still image which prep provider has the better video lessons. Here’s a look at Blueprint’s video lessons:
And Magoosh’s video lessons:
Yes, there is a reason Blueprint costs so much more than Magoosh. The production quality and design of their videos is far superior. Almost day and night, to be honest. And this is what Blueprint is known for – engaging, informative and all-around top tier video lectures. They incorporate graphics, funny cartoons and silly little animations into their lessons to hold your attention. In addition, your instructor appear right onscreen so you can get that all-important non-verbal communication as they teach their lesson.
Magoosh’s videos aren’t bad, but they just pale in comparison. They take a more traditional and boring slideshow-style approach, where an instructor voices their lesson over PowerPoint-style slides, as they take notes on screen with a stylus. For students that don’t care about theatrics and high production value, these videos lessons are perfectly serviceable. And to be clear, the content is rock solid (as is Blueprint’s if that wasn’t clear). There is just a massive gap in delivery and engagement. Advantage: Blueprint.
This one is another cut and dry category. Magoosh doesn’t offer any books, relying on their 100% digital video lessons and practice problem explanations to carry the instruction. On the other hand, Blueprint offers some fantastic LSAT prep books. They are well-written and smartly structured to backup concise concept explanations with example problems. Our team loved the Blueprint prep books, which serve a huge part in your learning, especially if you take the live online classes. Advantage: Blueprint.
Another black and white category. Starting to see a trend here? Magoosh doesn’t offer any live online classes. But you can’t expect them to – they’re a budget prep course. And honestly, this is part of the Magoosh marketing pitch – study when you want, from wherever you want, however you want. This prep package is geared towards the motivated self-studier that wants flexibility.
On the flip side, I must note how good Blueprint’s classes are. Blueprint engages some of the best instructors we’ve come across to teach their live online classes. These live classes take learning to a whole new level as the class lessons really get into the weeds of some of the more difficult concepts, and you can always stop and ask questions. Bottom line, if you at all want a classroom environment to learn in, or need the commitment and structure that comes with live classes, you have to go Blueprint here. Advantage: Blueprint.
Practice Questions & Tests
Now this category gets much closer. So much in fact that we have to call it a tie. And this is generally because both prep companies use official LSAT prep questions, licensed from LSAC (the makers of the exam). Just about every LSAT prep company does this today – it’s become the industry standard.
Both Magoosh and Blueprint are each going to offer you somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 practice exams and 7,000+ practice problems. So if you want to find a difference in material, you have to look to the problem explanations. And this is actually a category where I think Magoosh holds its own.
Despite being a sub-$300 budget course, Magoosh offers a massive number of video explanations with their practice problems. Each video uses the same slideshow-style approach to show you how you should have solved the problem. We love this approach and were blown away that Magoosh actually takes their explanations this far. They are very high quality.
Now, this is something Blueprint does as well, and they do it with much better production quality. But all in all, we found both sets of practice material and explanations to be solid, so we call this one a tie. Advantage: TIE.
User Experience & Digital Platform
While we actually really like the simplicity and clean, modern look of Magoosh’s online platform, Blueprint just offers the superior digital experience. Their user interface is off the charts and really sets the bar among companies in the LSAT prep space. Honestly, it’s not even close. It’s clear they’ve invested serious resources in establishing a user-first dashboard. Advantage: Blueprint.
Blueprint offers a very robust set of supplementary resources, including simulated proctored exams, near daily live online review sessions, personalized study plans, and more. Now, you might be thinking that Magoosh doesn’t offer any extras at all as the budget player, but you’d be wrong. They offer up 24/7 email support, suggested study schedules, and helpful blog articles. But all in all, if you want your LSAT prep with all the fixings, Blueprint gets the nod. Advantage: Blueprint.
Content Access Period
Magoosh gets the win on this row as their standard course comes with 12 months of access. For comparison purposes, access to the Blueprint live online class materials is generally tied to your exam date and their online anytime package comes in varying lengths (at different prices).
To make things simple, Magoosh offers the longer access period; HOWEVER, I would just note that the vast majority of future law students don’t spend anywhere near 12 months studying for the LSAT. Most students spend just 2-3 months studying, then take the exam. And even if you need to retake the LSAT at the next cycle, you’re still only talking around 6 months of study time in total. So Magoosh wins, but not sure how important this category truly is here. Advantage: Magoosh.
Now based on everything you’ve read to this point, which course do think would offer the better score guarantee – Blueprint or Magoosh? With the robust curriculum, awesome video lessons and high price point, it has to be Blueprint, right? Wrong. Magoosh actually offers the superior score increase guarantee. Assuming you comply with Magoosh’s very basic requirements, they guarantee your LSAT score will increase by at least 5 points on exam day. That is a very impressive promise in the world of LSAT prep. On the other hand, Blueprint only offers a standard score increase guarantee for the live online class, meaning one point. Still a nice promise, but nothing like Magoosh. Advantage: Magoosh.
Verdict: Magoosh vs Blueprint LSAT Comparison
To quickly recap this comparison guide, Blueprint is the clear winner in most categories for good reason. They offer a superior curriculum, insanely engaging video lessons, top notch practice work, and an all-around fantastic user experience. Magoosh on the other hand is the scrappy budget course with an ultra-attractive price point and materials that don’t quite stack up, but still pack a very strong punch.
All in all, in my opinion, which course to go with really just depends on what type of student you are. If you are a motivated self-studier that prefers flexibility and is working on a budget, Magoosh will likely be a solid option for you. I think the same applies if you are targeting a specific regional law school that only requires a middling LSAT score and you just need a no frills package to get you a slightly above average score. But if you’re looking to nail a truly good LSAT score and get in to a top tier school, you have to go Blueprint.