LSAT Reading Comprehension Basics
The LSAT Reading Comprehension section is just one of the three multiple-choice sections on the LSAT test. The other two are Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. Here are the basics about this section, so you'll know what you're up against when it comes time to test!
LSAT Reading Comprehension Stats:
- One section on the LSAT
- 4 sets of text with 5-8 questions per set
- Approximately 27 questions total
- 35 minutes
- Drawing inferences
- Fining the main idea
- Understanding intricate text
LSAT Reading Comprehension Question Design
The Reading Comprehension section measures your ability to read complex text without getting distracted. Three of the sets of passages use one long passage, and the fourth set uses two short passages on which all of the questions are based. Although the passages are too long to print here, I'll post a couple of the questions so you can get a feel for the wording. These are taken from the 2007 LSAT exam:
Both passages were written primarily in order to
answer which one of the following questions?
(A) What evolutionary advantage did larger brain size confer on early hominids?
(B) Why do human mothers and infants engage in bonding behavior that is composed of musical elements?
(C) What are the evolutionary origins of the human ability to make music?
(D) Do the human abilities to make music and to use language depend on the same neurological systems?
(E) Why are most people more adept at using language than they are at making music?