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How many words in each RC passage?

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:03 pm
by gon09009
I'm trying to improve my RC speed and comprehension, but I think I'll find it more beneficial if I knew roughly how many words there are per passage so that I can work on getting my optimum speed and accuracy based on what I need to excel in the LSAT.
1) I've heard 3 1/2 mins is about how much time one should spend reading the passage, do you agree on that?
2) How many words per minute should one be able to effectively read and comprehend?
3) What can one do to train their minds to focus, tune out distractions, and improve comprehension?

-Thanks in advance!

Re: How many words in each RC passage?

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:12 pm
by mrtoren
You posted that in this forum because..?

Re: How many words in each RC passage?

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:19 pm
by glitched
mrtoren wrote:You posted that in this forum because..?

wow. you obviously haven't done your research. it's actually proven that there is a rough correlation between rc reading speeds and law school prestige. Yale obviously ranks 1st with an average reading speed per student of about 2 minutes. Chicago actually beats out Stanford and Harvard by about 10-20 seconds on accounts of its rigor, with Chicago at 2:12 Stanford at 2:22 and Harvard at 2:29. The differences between the next few schools are about even. There are a few surprises though, with UCLA being very comparable to Michigan/Berkeley at about ~3:20, and NYU not even ranking in the top 15.

So... clearly your rc reading speed should be a factor, while not a big one, in choosing a law school.