Tag Archive: reading comprehension

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Last-Minute Tips: Reading Comprehension

With less than three weeks until the June LSAT, it’s time to buckle down on studying. This week we’re offering one important last-minute tip for each LSAT section. Today, we talk about Reading Comprehension; stay tuned for Logic Games and Logical Reasoning!

Reading Comprehension is the most familiar section on the LSAT. Everyone taking the test already knows how to read (I assume). They answered reading questions on the SAT. They read the newspaper (kidding). So, as most people start studying for the LSAT, they feel like RC is one area they don’t have to worry too much about.

Which is good, of course. But the tradeoff is that people often feel like there are few good ways to improve. Fatalism about your RC score tends to set in, especially as your test day approaches.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.15.15

A) How much should you budget for your law school applications? Probably more than you think. Above the Law

B) Three tips for making your way through Reading Comprehension passages. Ms. JD

C) Five ways to get a head start on application season. Pen and Chisel

D) Now that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death, what happens next? Wall Street Journal

E) Law school upheaval might be rough, but at least things haven’t gotten to the point that whole departments are dropping out, like at USC’s art school. Hyperallergic

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Reading Comprehension: Focus on Structure or Content?

The Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT is all about…reading comprehension. With that tautology aside, many students find it difficult to strike the proper balance between reading for detail and reading for structure.  Striking this balance is essential for the kind of comprehension that the LSAT tests students on. This post is dedicated to helping you develop the skills to quickly gain both a macro and micro understanding of the stimulus, which will allow you to work through the questions effectively and efficiently.

1. Know What You’re Looking For
If you’re just starting out on the LSAT, this first tip is probably a little bit frustrating because it’s not immediately apparent.

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LSAT Caption Contest: We Have A Winner!

It may not have been quite as thrilling as the Seahawks come from behind overtime victory on Sunday, but we here at Blueprint have crowned a victor in our equally important caption contest.

As a reminder, the writer of the winning caption gets a free copy of The Blueprint for LSAT Reading Comprehension, our newest prep book, when it’s released this spring. What a prize!

So what work of genius walks home with the trophy and the undying respect of all of us here at the BP office?

Drum roll, please…

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Caption Contest: Win the New Blueprint LSAT Book!

In the dead of winter (and February LSAT studying), you have to have fun where you can. And occasionally those attempts end in disaster, as with the young gentleman pictured above.

So what can you do to keep yourself going? How about being one of the very first recipients of our upcoming prep book, The Blueprint for LSAT Reading Comprehension?

In our latest caption contest, you’re just one funny comment away from winning a free copy. All you have to do is submit a funny (and perhaps LSAT or law school related) caption for the above photo in the comments section below. We’ll pick our favorite one, and the lucky scribe will get down with some sweet, sweet Reading Comp as soon as the book is released at the end of February.

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Happy Birthday, Samuel L. Jackson (and the LSAT)

The LSAT is celebrating its 67th birthday this year, and so is Samuel L. Jackson. Both have retained their signature eccentricities, while also adapting through the decades. What follows is a brief genealogy of their intertwined histories.

The modern LSAT originally had roughly fifty Logical Reasoning questions, broken into two sections; four different Logic Games, each with about 6 questions; and four long passages for Reading Comprehension, also with around 6 questions each.

In 2006, however, just as Mr. Jackson was famously declaring that he had had it with “these muthaf******* snakes on this muthaf***** plane,” LSAC decided they didn’t like having these muthaf******* passages all the muthaf***** same.

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Strategies for the Last Month Before the February LSAT

<GULP!> Today marks one month—one month!—until the February LSAT. That’s a mere thirty-one days or, for those of you who are particularly obsessive, 744 hours. (Stop looking at the clock on your phone, and, no, I won’t break it into seconds for you.)

However you’re counting down, we’re getting down to the wire, and it’s time to put your game face on, turn on the afterburners, lock and load, etc. Choose whatever metaphor motivates you.

Up until now, you should’ve been slowly and methodically practicing questions and concepts without timing yourself.

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One Last Minute Tip for Each LSAT Section

The LSAT is two days away. To quell some of your anxiety, we’re bringing you a quick tip for each section of the LSAT.

Logical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning is dominated by the Operation family. Strengthen, Weaken and Necessary questions will make up the bulk of your test. Your key to success is to find the main point and focus on it. That’s what you’re trying to strengthen or weaken. That’s where the assumption becomes apparent. If you don’t know what the main point is, you’re gonna have a bad time. So this Saturday, for each Operation question, please find the main point.

Logic Games
At this point, you’re about as good at Logic Games as you’re going to be. However, things may go horribly, terribly, awfully wrong if you fail to double check your rules.

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The Evolution of the LSAT

Last week I was working with a student when we came across a very poorly worded 22 year old LSAT Logical Reasoning question. I’m usually a huge fan of the people who write LSAT questions but this one was awful. It was almost unfair. The really old LSAT questions tend to be a bit strange, sometime even poorly written. The student wondered, “Should we just skip all the old questions?”

Personally, I would still do every one of these old LSAT questions, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind, because the LSAT has evolved over time.

I think the more recent Logical Reasoning questions focus more on testing your ability to think in terms of logical structure.

The more difficult questions these days tend to require difficult to see logical inferences, or they may have more premises/subsidiary conclusions, or you might have to deal with complex contraposition, or you could have to parse nuanced distinctions to avoid falling into false equivocations. You feel like a real logician slogging your way through a though modern Logical Reasoning question.

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Conquer LSAT Reading Comp This Columbus Day

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could just get along? If we could all bake cakes filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy?

Unfortunately, that’s not always going to be the case — there will be disagreements. On the LSAT, this means antithesis passages in Reading Comprehension.

An antithesis passage is a passage where there are two opposing viewpoints. These are the most common type of LSAT passage, so it’s important to understand their format and how having multiple viewpoints affects the structure of the passage. Since today is Columbus Day, a holiday that has become increasingly controversial in recent years, what better way to discuss antithesis passages than by using an example based in reality? (Who says the LSAT isn’t applicable to real life?!)