Within the LSAT reading comprehension sections, there are science passages that may be intimidating to many test takers. But experts say there are ways to approach the LSAT science passages without having to know complex and technical science jargon.
NO SCIENCE DEGREE NEEDED
While the LSAT’s science passages may appear complex, the test itself, according to Kuris, actually doesn’t require you to have background knowledge in the science field.
“The LSAT is intended to be accessible to people from all backgrounds,” Kuris writes. “Thus, the test will never assume you know anything that is not common knowledge. Each passage will include the information required to answer questions.”
When it comes to technical jargon, experts say, take a step back and try to understand the overall concepts being tested.
“Relax and let unfamiliar words wash over you,” according to the experts at Test Sherpa. “Just try to get a feel for the main idea in each paragraph then underline key topic phrases that will help you form your outline.”
HIGHLIGHT THE EVIDENCE
One key technique to LSAT passages that Kuris talks about is to always look for the evidence.
“For example, if a passage contrasts different geological theories for the existence of a crater, look at the evidence and counterevidence given for each theory,” she writes. “If the author seems to favor one theory or offers a potential resolution to the debate, that is likely the main argument. Pay close attention to any causal processes presented, because scientific theories often explain how and why things happen. Such causal explanations are likely to come up in the questions.”
SKIP AND COME BACK
The digital LSAT allows for you to flag questions that you want to review later. If you’re stuck, simply skip the question and come back later.
“With practice, you may find that science passages are no harder than others on the LSAT,” Kuris writes. “However, if you still find yourself performing poorly on them, or even if they just stress you out or require extra focus, simply save them for last.”