Students often ask us how they can best prepare for the LSAT Reading Comprehension section. Although this should seem intuitive, it isn’t for some reason: One of the best ways to prepare for the LSAT Reading Comprehension section is to read. If you’re preparing for the LSAT, and you have a healthy amount of time before the big exam, spend some time reading in addition to your general LSAT preparation.
What should you read? Well, you shouldn’t spend your time reading comic books. It’s safe to conclude that such content will not help you develop the skills you’ll need to do well on LSAT Reading Comprehension. Instead, you should focus on reading the same kind of content and subjects that appear on the LSAT, including content that is written in the same style that appears on the LSAT. In other words, the more dense and boring the subject matter, the more likely you are reading something that will help familiarize yourself with what appears in LSAT Reading Comprehension passages.
The following is a list of five things you can read to prepare for LSAT Reading Comprehension.
5 Things to Read to Prepare for LSAT Reading Comprehension
There is nothing like a healthy dose of The Economist to get you ready for LSAT Reading Comprehension. The magazine claims it “is not a chronicle of economics,” but instead aims “to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.” What does that mean? Who knows?! On the bright side, you are now finally experiencing the same kind of dumbfounded-ness you’ll experience when dealing with an LSAT Reading Comprehension passage. The Economist covers science, technology, politics, business, and . . . economics. LSAT Reading Comprehension usually covers one or more of these subjects.
With its particular emphasis on business and economic news and its packed, dense, and sophisticated writing style, The Wall Street Journal should be sitting next to your corn flakes every morning. Ideally, you should alternate between several mouthfuls of your favorite crunchy cereal and digesting an article or two from this award-winning newspaper. Get comfortable with the language and composition in this newspaper on a daily basis, and you’ll unknowingly be getting comfortable with the next LSAT Reading Comprehension passage around the corner. The Wall Street Journal. It’s the breakfast of champions.
Often dubbed “SciAm” (only for the cool people), Scientific American is a monthly American popular science magazine that presents specific information regarding science news and related topics. Science is a typical subject that appears in LSAT Reading Comprehension passages. Considering that famous scientists regularly contribute to SciAm (such as Albert Einstein . . . when he was around), this is a must-read and should occupy a special place in your LSAT preparation portfolio.
Nicknamed “The Gray Lady,” The New York Times has won 114 Pulitzer Prizes. Don’t you want to be associated with such greatness? Of course you do, and that last LSAT Reading Comprehension passage that kicked your a– beckons that you subscribe to this newspaper and place it right in between The Wall Street Journal and your morning orange juice. In particular, The Gray Lady’s book reviews are fantastic prep reading for the LSAT since many LSAT Reading Comprehension passages often reflect and mirror those reviews. Don’t get left behind. Pick up the latest issue of The Gray Lady today!
You may need to go to the — gasp! — library for this little adventure. Or you could access many of these journals online. Whatever the case, many LSAT Reading Comprehension passages are excerpts from incredibly boring articles in academic journals like the African Journal of Food Science, the International Journal of Livestock Production, and — wait for it — the Journal of Yeast and Fungal Research. OK, we are exaggerating a bit here. But you get the drift. The dry, sophisticated articles that appear in these types of journals just scream “LSAT Reading Comprehension.” Take some time in your LSAT preparation and read a few of these.
For LSAT Reading Comprehension, Read One of These Publications Every Day
Throughout your LSAT preparation, your goal should be, at a minimum, to read one of the publications listed above every day. Make it a habit. At first, it will certainly be a bore. However, your ability to understand, digest, and comprehend the information in these publications will increase as you read more and more of this stuff. You will also develop the ability to draw inferences from the information you read. After some time, your ability to do well on LSAT Reading Comprehension will improve exponentially because you will have familiarized yourself — through your reading of the items above — with the same kind of dense content that appears on that section.