The Gateway Experience
Gateway Test Prep was founded in 2005 by Brian Kalar, and was known as “Kalar Educational” until May 2010. Brian wrote the Gateway LSAT course and consistently scores in the top 1% on the test – so, you don’t need to worry about your teacher’s level of expertise. Of greater value is Brian’s experience preparing hundreds of students for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, ACT, and SAT/PSAT. Demystifying the LSAT is tough work, and it requires skilled communication. Brian is a gifted speaker who truly loves his job, making his expertise as accessible as that of any LSAT instructor that you’ll find! Currently, Brian teaches EVERY course and tutoring session, and in the future will only hire (and fully train) instructors who not only have a top-1% test score, but also have experience teaching and/or presenting.
The LSAT is a skill-based test that requires test-takers to use a surprisingly small skill-set to accomplish a great deal of reasoning in perhaps the toughest time constraints in the business! Accomplishing this feat requires a thorough understanding of the test itself, and of the logic uses and tricks that dominate the test. For this reason, our course begins with basic logic, then progresses to EVERY question type on the test – empowering students with the appropriate information and powerful strategies used to beat each part of the test, and demonstrating each with a relevant strategy. At this point, each student can apply our techniques, incorporating them into his or her LSAT thought processes.
This is where most courses like to brag about a certain level of point improvement, typically 7-12 points. The truth is that this average is misleading. No company can collect every score from test day, so they either use easily manipulated internal testing or only use data from those who were excited enough about their scores to let the prep company know! By either of these standards, our students improve as much or more than theirs. I’ve had students who have improved by only a few points and students who have improved by over 20 points.
The truth is that you’ll know what you need to know by the time a Gateway class is over. Once you leave the classroom, your success will depend most on YOUR COMMITMENT to practice and to master the material, just like every other class that you’ve taken! Instead of promising a certain score increase, I assure you that you’ll be taught everything that you need to know for test day. You WILL improve by just participating in class, but the rest will be up to you!