GRE versus LSAT: Reading Comprehension

Posted by Jonathan Evans on

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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