LSAT Reading Comprehension: How to Answer Direct Information Questions

By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch, Amy Hackney Blackwell

Some LSAT reading questions ask you about specific statements from the passage. These questions are potentially the easiest type of reading question because the information you need to answer them is stated in the passage, and the correct answer is a paraphrase. You just need to find it. This information may be quantitative, such as years, figures, or numbers, or it may be qualitative, like ideas, emotions, or thoughts.

Spot specific information questions by noticing how they’re phrased. Those that contain verbs that indicate direct statements, such as states, indicates, or claims, are likely ones whose correct answer is a paraphrase of information in the passage. Usually, questions that ask for answers that are “according to the passage” are also specific information questions. So look for a direct answer to a question that’s phrased like these examples:

  • The passage states that Neruda’s Communist beliefs were evident in his poetry as early as which one of the following years?

  • According to the passage, which one of the following is true about the primary intensity of sound?

  • In the passage, the author indicates that transitory actions can be filed in which one of the following?

Because specific information questions seek an answer that derives directly from information in the passage, look for answers that come straight from the passage and eliminate answer choices that require you to make any inferences.

If you have to make a logical deduction to justify an answer choice for this question type, it’s probably wrong. And keep in mind that the right answer may paraphrase the passage rather than provide a word-for-word repeat.