Do you think Reading Comprehension is a total drag? Find a study buddy!

Posted by Nick Pavich on

The LSAT can be a daunting experience for anyone starting out their preparation. And one particular area that a number of students will struggle with is the Reading Comprehension section. After all, most people taking this test are collegiate-level students who are initially confident in their abilities as readers. As such, they should be regular perusers of periodicals such as The Economist, Scientific American, The New Yorker and National Geographic. During their LSAT preparations, they should continue of course to read for pleasure (with a more critical eye) as we have advised here before. But between pleasure reading and practicing with actual LSAT passages, some students will often stall in their preparation for this section. Alone, they are simply unable to overcome many of the pitfalls that await them in Reading Comprehension because of the attitude that they have developed towards it.

To them, I have one thing to say: “Go make a friend!” 

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

December 2017 LSAT Reading Comprehension Recap

Posted by Eric Ockert on

"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

Last Thursday, December 21, LSAC shocked the world with a dramatically early tweet indicating scores for the December LSAT would be released later that day, almost two full weeks before the official date of January 3rd. Over the next fifty minutes or so, news of the imminent score release spread like wildfire amongst December test takers. But then, just about one hour later, as hearts were stopping across the world, a correction. In fact, scores would not be released on Thursday, but rather on Friday, December 22. For many, this early release was a welcome surprise. However, the manner in which the announcement and ultimate score release played out was jolting to say the least.

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

The PowerScore 2018 LSAT Bibles: Changes and Updates

Posted by Dave Killoran on

Each year I make revisions and updates to the LSAT Bibles, and there are several different reasons for that. First, at least three new LSATs are released each year, and I like to make changes to some of the content to account for new directions taken by the test makers. Second, I talk with many different LSAT students and also teach various sessions throughout the year, and the feedback I receive helps me shape and improve parts of each book. And, finally, as I discussed last year, the books have changed so much over time that providing new versions each year helps students know they are getting the most up-to-date versions possible.

Because of this, one of the most common questions we receive is: what has changed, and do I need to get the newest editions? So that's what I'll be talking about in this post.

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

September 2017 LSAT Reading Comprehension Recap

Posted by Eric Ockert on

Last week, the results of the September 2017 LSAT were released. The feedback we have received from students has been quite mixed, with only a few consensus observations so far. We previously broke down the Logical Reasoning section of the test last week and the scoring scale yesterday, and will be addressing the Logic Games section in the next couple of days.

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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep

My LSAT Regimen, Part 3

Posted by Marvin Dike on

Note: PowerScore student Marvin Dike is blogging about his comprehensive and detailed study methodology so that our readers can learn from his experience. Make sure you read Part 1 and Part 2.

Back again for part 3 of the LSAT regimen. I hope you enjoyed part 2 that broke down the best possible way to master Logic Games. Here we are to talk about the skills that are rewarded in Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning.

Reading Comprehension

The skill that the LSAT makers reward you for having..... BEYOND understanding VIEWSTAMP and all the wonderful teaching PowerScore has showed us, what they reward you for having is SHORT TERM MEMORY. Now that may seem obvious. And you may think that this skill cannot be strengthened, but it can.

But before I break that down...

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

June 2017 Reading Comprehension Recap

Posted by Eric Ockert on



Well, the results are in. Overall, the June 2017 Reading Comprehension section proved to follow the general theme found elsewhere on the June 2017 test: the section was fairly average. While the Psychology passage in Passage 2 was challenging, the remaining three passages were all moderate to easy. There were no big surprises with passage positioning, as the easiest two passages were located in Passage 1 and Passage 3, so most test takers probably found enough time to reach both of them. There were seven questions in each of Passage 1, 2, and 4, while Passage 3 only had 6, for a total of 27 questions. The difficulty and types of questions were also fairly balanced throughout although again, Passage 2 seemed to have a bit more of the difficult questions. One interesting anomaly was that every single passage included a Parallel Reasoning question. That equals the four total Parallel questions found on the two Logical Reasoning sections.
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Topics: LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Prep, LSAT Forum

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