LSAT Reading Comprehension

The Basics

  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Format: 26-28 questions
  • Tests: Identifying and Ascertaining Purpose, Structure, and the Main Idea

Reading Comprehension is the only question type that appears on all major standardized tests, and the reason isn't too surprising. No matter what academic or professional area you pursue, you'll be called on to make sense of dense, unfamiliar prose. Law, of course, is no exception.

The questions on the LSAT Reading Comprehension section are designed to test your ability to read dense, scholarly material and ascertain the structure, purpose, and logic. The topics on the exam are chosen from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and the law.

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Watch the video on the right for more detailed information. Also, watch a Kaplan strategy of the LSAT Reading Comprehension section.