LSAT | Reading Comprehension
The reading comprehension section of the LSAT acquired its basic present form in 1991 but underwent a minor change in 2007. This minor change consisted of replacement of a single traditional passage with two smaller passages to be compared.
The reading comprehension section typically contributes twenty-seven (27) or twenty-eight (28) of the approximately 100 questions that go into a test-taker's final LSAT score. This section, therefore, accounts for approximately 28% of the test-taker's score, making it the second most important section on the LSAT (logical reasoning is first at about 50%, and analytical reasoning (often called "logic games") is last at about 22%).
Each LSAT comprises one scored reading comprehension section. The reading comprehension section consists of four subsections. Three of these subsections include a single long passage followed by five to eight questions. One of these subsections includes two shorter passages followed by seven or eight questions; the two shorter passages are related to each other in some way so as to serve as grounds for questions that call for comparison of the two passages.
The reading comprehension section is allotted 35 minutes.
Unlike the GRE or GMAT, the LSAT is a paper-based test. A test taker's answers must be recorded ("bubbled in") on an answer sheet using a soft lead pencil, which answer sheet is then scanned and electronically graded. No credit (or penalty) is given for marks in the test booklet. There is no penalty for guessing.
Strategy and Tactics
Many LSAT preparation companies are available today to assist students in preparing for the LSAT and the logical reasoning section thereof. LSAT prep companies typically provide in-class instruction regarding logical principles, test-taking strategy, and diagramming techniques. These LSAT prep courses may also include proctored mock LSATs. LSAT prep providers may also offer online LSAT training, computerized analysis of a student's LSAT performance, and one-on-one LSAT tutoring.
For More Information
Students preparing for the LSAT reading comprehension section are advised to get a free copy of "Eight Questions for Your LSAT Tutorand One for You" from LSAT Tutor.net.
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