Reading Comprehension - LSAT

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Reading Comprehension - LSAT
2014-07-30 15:14:20
LSAT Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Section
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  1. To identify Main Point of paragraph look for:
    • 1. Conclusion Indicators
    • (Therefore, Thus, As a result, Accordingly, It follows that, Hence, Consequently, Clearly, In view of these facts)

    • 2. Normative Language
    • (says something is good or bad, expresses opinion, evaluation, solution, proposal, explanation, assessment or prediction)
  2. What type of words indicate the CONNECTIONS btw the ideas contained in each paragraph?
    • 1. Contrast Indicators
    • But, However, Yet, While, Nonetheless, Nevertheless, Even so, Although, In contrast

    • 2. Continuity Indicators
    • And, Also, In addition, Plus, Further, For example, Since, Because, Indeed, For...and

    • 3. Emphasis Indicators
    • Ultimately, Essentially, Fundamentally, Especially, Critically, Importantly, Necessarily
  3. What steps do you take to summarize a passage?
    1. Compare main point of first 2 paragraphs, are they the same or different?

    2. Connect Main Points w/ simple indicator words (but, and, b/c)

    3. Write out a few key words/phrases
  4. Main Idea Questions Right answers:
    Portion of summary that embodies the key takeaway from the passage.

    *will borrow or quote language from the passage
  5. Main Idea Questions Wrong answers:
    1. Too Broad

    2. Too Narrow

    3. In right direction, but too strong
  6. Two types of Line ID questions:
    1. Determine meaning of word/phrase

    2. Describe function/purpose of word/phrase
  7. Information Retrieval Questions
    **Most Common**
    Correctly restates factual details

    Right answer will be drawn from passage but restated not quoted
  8. Wrong answers for Information Retrieval Questions
    1. Introduces outside info. on same topic

    2. Contradicts info in passage

    3. Right direction but too strong

    4. Attributes idea to wrong person
  9. What are the two types of Inference Questions?
    • 1. Necessary-Implication
    • Inferring based on what was said in the passage

    • 2. Detail-Combination
    • Combine lines on which 2 topics were discussed
  10. What are the 3 parts to a Tone Question:
    • 1. Valence
    • General direction-positive, neutral, negative

    • 2. Intensity
    • Specific level of valence-cautiously positive, unbridled negative

    • 3. Content
    • Object or target of tone

    *Right Answer will apply same combo of valence and intensity that the passage did!
  11. What are the 3 types of Argument-Style Questions?
    • 1. Weaken
    • Claim will be broad - Answer will into. new facts that are inconsistent

    • 2. Strengthen
    • claim will be general - Answer will be specific, concrete examples

    • 3. Parallel
    • general principle from passage & apply to new situation
  12. Comparative Reading
    Info-Retrieval Questions correct answer approach:
    Correct Answer will be a statement, claim or fact in BOTH passages

    Eliminate answers not in passage A then repeat the same with passage B.  Compare remaining answers to the passage.
  13. Comparative Reading
    Common Topic Questions **HARD**
    Right and wrong answer approach:
    Right: Identify big picture topic that the 2 passages have in common.

    • Wrong: Too narrow - topic only in 1 passage
    • Too Broad - comparisons/conclusions not supported.