Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

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Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby pre-law » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:56 am

What are the hardest reading comprehension passages you guys have come across? I'm trying to put a comprehensive list of the top 10 or so. I would also like to classify them by hardest Reading Comprehension for all of the 4 categories (humanities, science, law, social science). The 10 hardest passages I've ever come across were:

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math passages
- Maize Corn (PT 49)
- Riddled Basins of Attraction (PT 50)
- Brain Recognition of Carbohydrate Consumption (PT 12)

Social Science:
Political Science, Economics, Communication, Linguistics, and Philosophy passages
- Risk-Taking in International Relations (PT 37)
- Ronald Dworkin and Legal Positivism vs Morality (PT 35)
- Hippocratic Oath (PT 45)
- Code Switching among Puerto Rican Americans (PT 43)

Humanities: Literature, Visual Art, Performing Art, and Architecture passages
- Maxine Kingston and the Chinese Talk-Story (PT 55)
- Willa Cather (PT 57)

Law passages
- Gray Marketing (PT8)
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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby prezidentv8 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:59 am

$^%#ing Chinese talk story bullshit.....

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Headybrah » Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:02 am

thanks any more?.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby makebelieve » Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:26 am

FU#! Willa Cather!!!!! (June 09) :evil:

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Mel Zelaya » Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:30 am

Finnegans Wake

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby GeePee » Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:33 am

Willa Cather, in addition to a scantron bubbling error, single handedly destroyed my June 2009 LSAT score.

Needless to say I will never be reading anything written by Willa Cather...

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby pithypike » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:04 am

Riddled Basins. Maybe Chinese Talk Story too.


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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Lyov Myshkin » Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:03 am

i thought the hippocratic oath one was pretty hard.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby pre-law » Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:29 am

pre-law wrote:What are the hardest reading comprehension passages you guys have come across? I'm trying to put a comprehensive list of the top 10 or so. I would also like to classify them by hardest Reading Comprehension for all of the 4 categories (humanities, science, law, social science). The 10 hardest passages I've ever come across were:

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math passages
- Maize Corn (PT 49)
- Riddled Basins of Attraction (PT 50)
- Brain Recognition of Carbohydrate Consumption (PT 12)

Social Science:
Political Science, Economics, Communication, Linguistics, and Philosophy passages
- Risk-Taking in International Relations (PT 37)
- Ronald Dworkin and Legal Positivism vs Morality (PT 35)
- Hippocratic Oath (PT 45)
- Code Switching among Puerto Rican Americans (PT 43)

Humanities: Literature, Visual Art, Performing Art, and Architecture passages
- Maxine Kingston and the Chinese Talk-Story (PT 55)
- Willa Cather (PT 57)

Law passages
- Gray Marketing (PT8)


So....so far everyone has mentioned reading comprehension passages that have all been listed among my initial list of 10 toughest passages except for 1 passage. Are there any other passages out there you all thought was one of the toughest passages you've ever done?

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby pre-law » Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:32 am

Mel Zelaya wrote:Finnegans Wake


Which preptest was this passage in?

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Mickey Quicknumbers » Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:48 am

Mel Zelaya wrote:Finnegans Wake


I'm sorry but Ulysses ftmfl

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby lordvader » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:58 pm

The one about African women and the way they write or something like that.
Female African American writers and how'd they go about intertwining femininst ideologies into their writing grabbing elements from their traditional tribes from africa and their experiences with the western world.

it was a terrible read.
I just wanted to take a sledge hammer and go break some car windows while reading it and answering the questions

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby lordvader » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:00 pm

Code switching among peurto ricans was hard too. I see you put that up there. I didn't think reading it was that dense or challenging but the questions were quite difficult

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby lawduder » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:19 pm

There was one about "group think" or something that I found particularly difficult... can't remember the PT

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby goodolgil » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:59 am

the cakewalk

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Lyov Myshkin » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:32 am

lawduder wrote:There was one about "group think" or something that I found particularly difficult... can't remember the PT


i think it's the same as cakewalk. 54, i think.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Tanicius » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:53 am

For some reason the RC from section 12 was altogether easier for me than most RC sections are. I finished at the 27 minute mark and got two questions wrong (neither of which were in the carbohydrate section, though I do admit I had to spend a lot of time reviewing the carb passage to make sure I was fully understanding everything). RC is traditionally my worst section, but I think I might be getting the hang of it.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby aigsrone » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:17 pm

The Hippocratic Oath was tough. I thought I nailed it, then I reviewed my answers and I got 2/8 right. I missed the whole tone of the passage which caused the wrong answers. ITs still confusing.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby Thales » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:18 pm

Chinese Talk Story fucked me over in Oct '08 - it was just unexpectedly boring.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby bouakedojo » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:21 pm

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby TheLuckyOne » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:01 pm

Revised PT 20, comparative reading screws me all the time (I took it twice already).

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby bouakedojo » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:05 pm

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby keg411 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:06 pm

Dworkin. I didn't understand a single word of that passage.

And I read Ulysses :(.

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Re: Hardest Reading Comprehension Passages?

Postby TheLuckyOne » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:15 pm

bouakedojo wrote:
TheLuckyOne wrote:Revised PT 20, comparative reading screws me all the time (I took it twice already).


What is this PT 20 comparative passage you speak of?


Law. I can't remember exactly, wanted to provide you with the link to the test (it was free on LSAC's website), but it's not there anymore. Weird :shock: That's the only one I've found, and it's not revised (http://www.lsac.org/pdfs/test.pdf).

If you want to, I can send you one.




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