Category Archive: Advice on Reading Comprehension

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Getting Faster on Reading Comprehension

So we’re five and a half weeks out from the test at this point. For those of you out there who have been studying for the last month or two, good things are probably beginning to happen. Logical Reasoning is becoming more and more manageable, and you may be finding yourself seeing the correct answers quicker and with more consistency. Games, which at first looked like an incarnation of unhappiness itself, are beginning to become more methodical, and, dare I say it, sort of fun. That’s all awesome, so give yourself a high five if you’re in that boat (which I guess would just be clapping above your head).

If you’re like many people, however, you may be finding the Reading Comprehension section to be the most unyielding to improvement. During every class I teach I start to hear this complaint right about now. There are many reasons for this, so I’m going to outline some strategies that you should be using.

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Ways in which the creators of the LSAT use Delphic words, the befuddlement it creates, and strategies for combating the resulting answer choices that seem intentionally labyrinthine

After my previous post, commenter Joseph asked about “answer choices that have loaded language and it’s difficult to determine what exactly (they) mean.” These are ones where you understand what is being asked of you, and you know what the answer should look like, but then you can’t quite work out just what the hell the answer choices are saying because they look like they were written by some bearded professor who is just trying to sound pretentious. These do happen quite a bit in LR questions that ask you to describe some aspect of the argument, such as its general reasoning, locating its flaw, or identifying the purpose of a certain phrase or sentence. The difficulty often arises from the fact that you’re describing some pretty complicated stuff in pretty general terms.

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Faking it With Fractals: Bettering Your LSAT Reading Comprehension

Initially for many people the logic games section seems to be the hardest part of the LSAT. First time test-takers are often taken aback by the fact that getting into law school requires you to be able to do what looks like Sudoku on crack. People become frightened and panicked, miss the vast majority of questions, and get a score that makes them want to go cry in a dark room. But after realizing that there are only so many types of games, and they’re all very doable, you can get much better, and suddenly logic games become one of your strongest sections. It happens all the time.