LSAT Reading Comprehension Note-Taking - Mark Up Your Map

Posted by Adam M. Tyson on


Taking notes on Reading Comp passages can be a challenge for many students, especially because RC on the LSAT is so unlike RC on other standardized tests. Most students either forego note-taking altogether in favor of trying to “just get it,” or else they go crazy underlining everything they think might be important somehow.

Neither of these strategies lends itself to the evidence-based approach you should be taking to answering the questions. Instead, what you need is a roadmap.

 

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The December 2016 LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by Adam M. Tyson on

Now that the December 2016 test has been released, we can take a preliminary look at the Reading Comprehension passages and see how they stacked up compared to other tests, and see what new twists (if any) they threw at us this time around.

Immediately after the test, when the twittersphere lit up with all the usual comments and complaints and exclamations about what students around the world encountered, all the talk was about the Logic Games section (“The third game took so long!” “What the heck was with that fourth game, and would someone please kill me now?”) and a few specific Logical Reasoning questions (“Iguanas on a raft?” “What’s up with teenagers and their driving accidents?”).

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The 2016 LSAT Bibles: Do You Need the Newest Editions? Part II

Posted by Dave Killoran on

In Part I of this blog, I discussed why we use cover medallions on our books to indicate the year of release. The short answer is that they exist in order to help students identify the most up-to-date versions of each book and to avoid accidentally buying a book that might be years out of date. In this continuation, I'm going to discuss each book individually and provide an overview of some of the changes through the years, compare the 2016 versions to the 2014 and 2015 editions, and also discuss when the 2017 editions will come out.

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Topics: LSAT Logic Games, LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

A Timing Strategy for Faster Reading Comprehension Performance

Posted by Ron Gore on

Although people don't think that Reading Comprehension and Logic Games have much to do with each other, the truth is that they have something very important in common. The most obvious thing that the sections have in common is their structure. Both the sections have four main units. The Game section has four games and the Reading Comprehension section has four passages. And the number of questions associated with each game or passage is similar too. That similar structure creates another similarity - timing.

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The October 2015 LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by Steve Stein on

The October 2015 LSAT has just been released, and the Reading Comprehension section provides an interesting mix of passage topics and types. Presented first in the section is a Humanities passage that explores the music of Arnold Shoenberg, an early 19th Century composer who pushed the bounds of music so drastically that listeners of the time commonly considered his work “incoherent, shrill, chaotic, and ear-splitting.” The author is clearly an adoring fan of Shoenberg, though, and compares the composer to Beethoven, another controversial figure who extended music’s “expressive range.” Additionally, both composers had an evolving musical style that recognized tradition while breaking new ground (a common LSAT theme). The author of this passage does reference some potentially foreign musical concepts, such as pushing “unstable harmonies until they no longer had a tonal basis,” or “bringing a new system of order to nontonal music and stabilizing it,” but if you can avoid getting bogged down with these unfamiliar specifics, the rest of the passage, and the questions that follow, are not particularly difficult. 

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension

PowerScore LSAT Forum Post of the Day: Staying Focused During Reading Comprehension

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on

Do you have trouble staying focused in Reading Comprehension? It's the one section on the test that is notoriously difficult to improve on. In this Forum post, our resident LSAT expert and content developer Nikki Siclunov discusses strategies for staying actively engaged with the text. If you've ever "zoned out" in RC, this post is for you.
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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum

The LSAT: Logical Reasoning in the Reading Comprehension Section

Posted by Steve Stein on

A student recently wrote in to ask about the relationship between Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension on the LSAT, and more specifically whether he should be looking to apply the lessons from the Logical Reasoning Bible to the Reading Comp section of the test. This is an interesting question, and one that I’ve heard before from students seeking to clarify the relationship and distinctions between the various sections of the test.

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Topics: LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The June 2014 LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by Steve Stein on

To add to the difficulty of the Logic Games section, which apparently led to quite a few recent score cancellations, the LSAT 72 Reading Comprehension Section was considered by many to provide some challenge as well. Let’s take a look at what this section had to offer:

The first passage presented a relatively basic idea in nice, familiar language: The author presents a discussion of the need for occasional forest fires, to rejuvenate forest ecosystems and limit the potential for damage on a larger scale. With some degree of control over the fuel source (i.e. the trees), land managers can meet this need by intentionally starting occasional controlled fires, and allowing some lightning fires to burn under controlled conditions. With three Purpose questions and an Expansion question in this passage set, it was very helpful to have a strong grasp on the structure of the first passage.

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

LSAT Section Strategy, Part 2: Reading Comprehension

Posted by Jon Denning on

This is the second installment in my three-part examination of how to best approach each section on the LSAT. The first discussion focused on Logic Games and how an informed test taker attacks that section, and in this post we’re moving on to the other single-section question type: Reading Comprehension. Before we dive in to Reading Comp, however, let me take a moment to reiterate why I’m making these suggestions, and why I believe you’ll find them valuable. Here’s how the initial conversation began:

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep