In Focus: GRE Short Passage Questions vs LSAT Logical Reasoning

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The GRE for Law School Applicants, Myth or Reality?

If you're planning to apply to law school, the LSAT has been the only game in town for decades. The LSAC along with its law school members have created a walled garden for admissions that ensures that law school applicants buy into the process from the outset by taking the LSAT and using the Credential Assembly Service (formerly the LSDAS). Now certain member schools, such as the University of Arizona and, most prominently, Harvard Law, have upended some of those norms by partnering with ETS to accept GRE scores for the purpose of law school admissions. PowerScore Vice President Jon Denning has a good discussion of the reasoning and implications of this decision here

In a recent blog post, we discussed the structure and overall similarities and differences between LSAT and GRE Reading Comprehension questions. As noted, if you're planning exclusively to apply to law school and to do so soon, the LSAT is still the test on which to focus your attention and preparation, but if you're thinking about law school in a year or two or are considering other graduate programs, the GRE might be worth your consideration. 

In this week's post, we will consider in depth some of the overlap and important distinctions between Logical Reasoning tasks on the LSAT and short passage reading comprehension questions on the GRE.

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Topics: Verbal, GRE prep, LSAT Logical Reasoning

GRE versus LSAT: Reading Comprehension

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New Frontiers

Among those working in test preparation or law school admissions, news of law schools' expanding adoption of the GRE has been a seismic shift in the last two years. While initially an experimental pilot program, once the University of Arizona Law School began accepting the GRE, it was a safe bet that others would follow. When Harvard Law joined Arizona, the writing was on the wall. The latest law school to make overtures to the GRE is another top-tier program, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

The LSAC has (perhaps belatedly) decided to compete with the GRE on the latter's turf, expanding test dates (up to six in 2019) and exploring a computerized version of the LSAT, a prospect which as an instructor I personally do not savor but of which I understand the logic, as it were.

Leaving aside questions about the rate of adoption and whether the GRE will achieve a status for law school admissions similar to that which it enjoys in business school admissions, many students may wish to inquire about similarities and differences between the LSAT and the GRE.

While the tests are conceptually not as different as one might imagine—both are principally aptitude tests with the LSAT emphasizing fluid intelligence and the GRE crystallized intelligence—there are significant differences between the tests, even in sections that may appear analogous at first.

In this post, we will explore some of these similarities and differences as in reading comprehension questions on the GRE and LSAT.

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Topics: GRE prep, Law School Admissions, LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep