Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

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Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby crysmissmichelle » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:16 pm

I saw one person recommend this book, the Atlas RC Guide. Does anyone else have anything great to say about it?

I just got a 164 on the October test and most of my missed questions were on that section and tend to (on newer PT's) to be in that section. . . .I've already used the Bibles and everything in the way of free online resources available. . . .I need just a few questions improvement.

http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Reading-Com ... 538&sr=8-1

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby doubleL » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:21 pm

Good question, I'd like a response as well. Powerscore RC bible better?

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby crysmissmichelle » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:54 pm

I thought I liked the RC Bible, but in the end, I read the thing, worked all of the exercises, and missed the EXACT same number on the Oct 2010 LSAT as I did on the Sept 2009 LSAT and improved the other sections. . .

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby typ3 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:22 pm

I've done both.

Content wise Atlas is superior.

However, it is considerably shorter than the RCB. They cover the same things but RCB has more example passages.

If I had to select one or the other I'd go with Atlas. I buy prep guides for the content and strategy rather than practice problems. Get 1-20 grouping to practice on and you should perform amicably on the the real deal.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby Spack » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:31 pm

I am a full supporter of Atlas LSAT. Their strategy guides are some of the best I have seen.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby typ3 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:21 pm

Someone deleted their post with a time management question.

The RCB and Atlas have two very different strategies for time management.

RCB is geared towards the masses on RC.

Atlas deals almost specifically with 170+ testing strategies. While they can be used by anyone the people who will benefit the most will be in the upper 50% of testers.

Atlas's timing strategy is probably the best for picking up points. It's similar to their timing suggestion for logic games, that's the most I'll say. It's worth picking up if reading comp is giving you problems. You'll still need about 20 RC sections to practice on though. It won't come to you over night like games might.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby longdaysjourney » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:52 pm

I was amazed by how little content the Powerscore RC bible actually...definitely not worth even five bucks. Atlas, on the other hand, presents an actual strategy...not a formula for how to notate the passages, not a tip like "read the economist for 6 years to improve your reading comp," but an actual strategy that was effective for me. ...can't recommend it enough.

I don't know why so many people swear by powerscore when there is other material, material that if given merely a cursory glance, is obviously superior. Powerscore is just riding on its reputation while other companies are busy surpassing it.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby typ3 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:01 pm

longdaysjourney wrote:I was amazed by how little content the Powerscore RC bible actually...definitely not worth even five bucks. Atlas, on the other hand, presents an actual strategy...not a formula for how to notate the passages, not a tip like "read the economist for 6 years to improve your reading comp," but an actual strategy that was effective for me. ...can't recommend it enough.

I don't know why so many people swear by powerscore when there is other material, material that if given merely a cursory glance, is obviously superior. Powerscore is just riding on its reputation while other companies are busy surpassing it.



Totally agree. Atlas LG and RC are far superior to PS. Infact, their LR is pretty close to beating PS (it does in many areas) but after the revision coming out of it I expect it to shame PS.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby crysmissmichelle » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:00 pm

I really feel like the PS LG and LR Bibles did their job effectively. . . I just did not quite get there with RC. Thank you guys for the feedback!

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby doubleL » Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:06 pm

Just received my atlas reading comprehension strategy guide. Here's to hoping it helps!!! (Any suggestions of comments about other materials?) I have actual prep tests on the way as well.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby cw2010 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:50 pm

The Atlas RC guide is excellent. The main issue I have with the PS RC bible is the classification system of questions. By putting so much emphasis into precise question classification, I think it can detract the focus from the core concepts. But nevertheless, the PS RC bible contains some great tips. It helps you organize your approach with the VIEWStamp approach and annotation techniques.

I'm a quarter through the Atlas RC guide and am finding every page to be very helpful. In particular, the PEAR approach and the passage annotation section has been tremendously helpful. The biggest thing so far is the constant attention on developing a consistent, strategic approach to reading the passages and attacking the questions. Although the PS RC bible gets into this, I can already tell that the Atlas guide is helping me to really fine-tune my approach and make it more consistent. I'm using the Atlas guide on a daily basis as I review questions to further perfect my methodology.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby crysmissmichelle » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:10 pm

Thank you guys. Let me know how you do on real sections after you finish it. I'm going to put it on my "Christmas list."

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby cw2010 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:30 am

I missed 3 of the RC questions on the Oct 2010 LSAT but my RC fluctuates a lot. I'm planning on being consistent where I miss no more than 1 or 2 RC questions.

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Re: Atlas Reading Comprehension Guide

Postby inchoate_con » Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:24 am

I have one that I never used from last Dec. If anyone wants to buy it, PM me.




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