Reading Comprehension Help Area

The Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT is designed to test your ability to analyze large amounts of material for content and understanding. The Reading Comprehension section always contains a total of four passages, and a total of 26 to 28 questions. Each passage is approximately 450 words in length, and a set of five to eight questions immediately follows each passage. On average, you have 8 minutes and 45 seconds to complete each passage.


Reading Comprehension Reading List

The Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT contains passages unlike what most students read in their day-to-day lives; none of the passages that you will encounter on the test will likely be "light reading."

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Approaching the Passages

As you begin the Reading Comprehension section, search for passages with interesting or appealing subject matter. If all else is equal, choose the passage with the greatest number of questions. Also keep in mind that on a number of occasions the last passage has been the easiest passage.

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The New Dual Passages

Dual passages are quite similar to the single passages, but rather than just one selection from a single author, two passages are given on a similar or related subject (by two separate authors, generally with different points of view).

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October 1996 Reading Comprehension Discussion

One of the initial steps taken by most students when preparing for the LSAT is to download the free practice test made available by the Law School Admission Council. This publicly accessible LSAT was administered in October of 1996, and is generally considered a fair representation of the type of test students will find themselves faced with come test-day.

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Approaching a Reading Comprehension Section Strategically

There is a fundamental truth about test takers when it comes to the LSAT: everyone is different. That is, everyone who sits down with this exam will have unique strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and, ultimately, ways in which they can optimize their performance in every section.

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Time Running Out in LSAT Reading Comprehension

What is the best strategy for attacking a Reading passage with only 3-5 minutes remaining in the section? Considering that the typical test taker needs 9-10 minutes (or more) to get through a passage and its questions, this scenario is an unfortunately common one, so let's take some time to examine two broad-based approaches that should help you maximize the value of your last few minutes:

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The 10 Hardest LSAT Reading Comprehension Passages Of All Time

Students wanting to test themselves against the toughest Reading Comprehension passages often ask us where they can find the hardest passages that have ever appeared in the RC section. Below is the list of the 10 hardest LSAT Reading Comprehension passages of all time, accompanied by our at-times jesting commentary.

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