LSAT Reading Comprehension Tips
Part of the LSAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Studying law requires lots of reading; the LSAT reading comprehension section tests your ability to understand and apply what you've read. This LSAT section has four passages pertaining to different subjects; after reading each section you have to answer several questions about it. Use these helpful tips for the reading comprehension part of the LSAT:
Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate — even if you're bored.
Work one reading passage at a time; answer all the questions, and then move on.
Skim the questions first.
Read the passage aggressively; take your time.
Focus on the big stuff and gloss over the details, going back to them if the questions ask you about them.
Mark important points in the passage, but don't mark too much.
Think about the passage before you start the questions.
Refer to the passage as often as necessary.
If the questions direct you to a specific word or line, read several lines above and below it, so you understand the context.
Try to answer questions yourself before reading the answer choices.
Don't use any information not contained in the passage — forget what you know or believe about the subject.
Read all answers and eliminate the wrong ones.
Choose an answer.
When you finish a passage, forget it and clear your brain for the next one.