Success on LSAT Reading Comprehension depends a great deal on one’s reading ability (I know, you don’t need to be a prophet to arrive at this stunning revelation). But how do you become a “better” reader? You presumably mastered reading in middle school, so it may seem that by the time you reach adulthood your reading skills are as good as they’re going to get.
The truth of the matter, however, is that you can significantly improve your reading speed and comprehension by simply reading more. People who regularly read books and articles will not only read faster, but also have better retention of what they read. This is because ample reading literally improves your short-term memory, allowing you to retain content more accurately and for a longer period of time.
So if you are having trouble finishing LSAT Reading Comp passages in a timely manner, you know what you have to do—read more! Unfortunately, reading tweets, Facebook statuses, or articles on how Justin Bieber is perplexed by glass aren’t going to help much. You’re going to want to read articles or books with a reading difficulty comparable to that of the LSAT.
To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of 5 websites that I encourage you read on a daily basis. While you’re reading articles from these sites, be sure to look up any words that you don’t know in order to improve your vocabulary. You’re also going to want to read relatively slowly; skimming is not a useful skill when it comes to the LSAT.
Here are 5 websites to bookmark if you want to improve on LSAT Reading Comprehension:
1. The New Yorker: The difficulty level of articles within the political section of The New Yorker is right on par with material in the LSAT. The LSAT will commonly include political or legal RC passages, so the subject matter is also synonymous with what you will see on the LSAT.
2. SciCentral.com: This website contains lots of great scientific journals. Yes, I am aware that you’re going to be lawyers, not biologists, but the LSAT likes to test your ability to understand passages about science, typically drawn from scientific journals.
3. History.com: The History Channel’s very own website is an ideal place to read about all things historical. This site is especially useful because it seems like the LSAC has to meet a quota of passages about women’s suffragettes and abolitionists, so read up.
4. The Wall Street Journal: The literary level of the WSJ is also equivalent to that of the LSAT, and while you may not be a finance person, you’re going to want to get comfortable with business and finance terms before LSAT test day.
5. The Economist: If multiple websites are too much for you to handle, then go ahead and bookmark The Economist. This is an ideal website to bookmark to improve on LSAT Reading Comprehension because it covers science and technology, economics, business, and politics—all the main topics that the LSAC repeatedly uses for LSAT Reading Comp passages.