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LSAT Reading Comprehension

Among the four scored sections you'll encounter on the LSAT will be one Reading Comprehension section. This exam section will consist of 27-28 questions to be answered within 35 minutes (about 75 seconds per question, on average). Your exam might include one unscored Reading Comprehension section as well.

LSAT Reading Comprehension questions are designed to gauge your ability to read carefully and accurately, to determine the relationships among the various parts of a reading passage, and to draw reasonable inferences from the material in the passage.

The questions are presented in four groups, each based on the same passage of text. Reading passages typically run 400 to 500 words in length (about one column of text in your test booklet), except that one of the four groups is based on two related passages, each one 200-250 words in length.

LSAT reading passages are drawn from a broad array of academic subjects, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences to ethics, philosophy and law. No prior knowledge of the topic at hand is required; everything you need to know in order to answer the questions will be stated or implied in the passage(s).

More on LSAT Reading Comprehension is available at the pages listed below.

Reading Comprehension directions and practice questions

Tips for handling Reading Comprehension question sets

Tutorial: Optimize your Reading Comprehension performance