Tag Archive: reading comprehension

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Speeding Up on Those Pesky Reading Comp Passages

As the June LSAT approaches, you may be turning your attention to that pesky Reading Comprehension section, the bane of many students who feel that it’s just impossible to get through all four of those passages in a measly 35 minutes. If you relate to that description, you might also be wondering what in the world you can do to improve your score, because you’re already reading the passages as fast as you can.

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Your Official One-Month LSAT Study Plan

As May rolls on and spring makes its entrance (very slowly, in the case of the Northeast), we are now officially one month from the June LSAT. If that sounds scary to you, it shouldn’t—a month is actually still quite a lot of time to prepare for the LSAT, and you can improve your score pretty significantly during that time. Here’s what to do to ensure you’re making the most of it.

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What to Look for When Reviewing Reading Comp Passages

In my experience, LSAT students often neglect the Reading Comp section of the LSAT. I can’t fathom why—the passages are fascinating. Enthralling. You’ll get chills. But joking aside, the Reading Comp section has the most questions of any section on the LSAT, and therefore the biggest impact on your score. You can improve your Reading Comp score. It just takes practice. Since you probably took a practice test this past weekend, let’s talk about how to review and learn from a Reading Comp passage you’ve done.

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Reading Comp IRL

We often recommend that students who want to get an advance start on their LSAT classes read dense publications such as The Economist as a way of preparing for the Reading Comprehension section. Today, we’re putting our money where our proverbial mouth is, and taking it one step further: We’re guiding you through an Economist article as though it were a Reading Comprehension passage.

When selecting an article, I decided to find an article in the “Science and Technology” category, since I know science-related passages can be scary for students. The lucky winner? “Strange Signals from the Sky May Be Signs of Aliens.”

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How To Do Reading Comprehension

That’s a big promise up there in the title of this post. I will deliver on that promise in just a moment, but let me just make clear what I’m not promising. I’m not about to give you “two weird tricks to ace Reading Comp.” I’m not “the guy the makers of the LSAT hate.” What I’m going to give you is a broad understanding of what you’re being asked to understand — and, just as importantly, what you’re not being asked to understand — in a Reading Comp passage.

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Boy, this Reading Comp passage is… Zzzzzzz….

There is a Reading Comprehension passage that we cover in Lesson 6 of the Blueprint course that is dedicated to explaining the usefulness of analyzing fossilized pollen grains for the purpose of understanding the history of agriculture in Ireland. If you fell asleep before finishing that sentence, just imagine how how hard it is to keep your eyes peeled while reading the dang thing.

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The LSAT 5-Month Study Plan

A few weeks ago, we started a series of posts providing LSAT study plans of varying lengths, using the September 2016 exam as a target. Continuing that series, this post is going to outline a five-month study plan to help you maximize your preparation for the test. As an aside, if you’re not ready to start prepping yet, you don’t need to panic yet. As long as you give yourself at least three months, you should be in an optimal position to succeed.

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The LSAT 6-Month Study Plan

Now that it’s April, the June LSAT is fast approaching. The next test after that in September seems pretty far off. Some students may want to start preparing early, though. Trying to cram all of the material on the LSAT into a few weeks of studying can be very overwhelming. Some prefer to space the process out. For those folks, here is a template to help guide your studying over a six month period.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.30.16

A. We’re giving away a whole slew of free Reading Comprehension books, AKA The Blueprint for LSAT Reading Comprehension. Enter to win! Blueprint LSAT Prep

B. A new poll conducted by Marquette Law School shows Ted Cruz overtaking Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Can Tedster deny Trumpster the nomination? Wisconsin Public Radion

C. Donald Trump calls for women who have abortions to be punished, then says the opposite. NPR

D. A 36-year-old “woman” in Beijing was sued by her parents. Why? They’re trying to evict her because SHE’S 36 YEARS OLD. The Shanghaiist

E. Thought you could hide the fact that you’re a super VR nerd by hiding your Oculus Rift? Not so fast, bub. Popular Science