This week’s podcast discusses the reading comprehension section of the LSAT. On the program we have Steve Stein, co-author of PowerScore’s LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible; Andrew Brody, the National Content Director of LSAT Programs for The Princeton Review, and Jeff Thomas, Assistant Director of Pre-Law Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.
The reading comprehension section is often seen as the “easiest” part of the LSAT due to the presence of similar verbally-oriented sections on other standardized tests. However, students shouldn’t overlook this section as they prepare to take the test. Our experts discuss how to prepare for reading comprehension on the LSAT, misconceptions of the reading comprehension section, and how to become a successful reading comprehension test taker.
Our first guest, Steve Stein, co-author of PowerScore’s LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible, says that one of the biggest misconceptions of the reading comprehension section is that it essentially tests a student’s basic reading level. In fact, it tests how a student reads, not just how well he or she reads. Stein suggests that students practice for this section by going “off the clock” and learning to recognize what they are reading and what parts of the essays questions reference. He also recommends that test takers focus on specific parts of the passages so that when they answer questions, they understand and know where to find the most pertinent information.
Andrew Brody, National Content Director for LSAT Programs at The Princeton Review, says that students tend to not practice for LSAT reading comprehension because of the misplaced sense of familiarity with the section, but he doesn’t think this is advisable. He suggests adopting an individualized approach to the section and taking the time to determine which aspects of the section you are most skilled at prior to taking the test. He also believes a great way to practice for this section is by making your everyday reading material similar to the articles you will see on the LSAT.
Our final guest, Jeff Thomas, Assistant Director of Pre-Law Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, suggests that “active reading” is a great way to succeed on this section. He suggests that students read the passage first and then find key words that they believe can help with answering the questions. Thomas also mentions that understanding the order the passages are in can be crucial to your success on the section, since this will allow you work on the “easier” passages first, where you are most likely to get the greatest number of correct answers.
Steve Stein – Co-author of PowerScore’s LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible
Jeff Thomas – Assistant Director of Pre-Law Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Andrew Brody – National Content Director of LSAT Programs for The Princeton Review