LSAT Reading Comprehension 1
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It's been called the world's most dangerous bird. The Cassowary—a large, emu-like, flightless bird—is in fact responsible for the recent death of at least one human. But what excites scientists about the is its distinctive look. With its black iridescent feathered body, its blue, turquoise and magenta neck and horned crest or casque, one might even describe cassowaries as looking like a "high-fashion dinosaur." The cassowary has a brilliant blue and turquoise face. These birds are rather large. A typical cassowary amazingly can measure a little over a meter tall. With very dense bones. The southern cassowary can inflict serious injury with its dagger-like claw. Each of its three-toed feet has a claw that can be up to 4 inches or 10 centimeters long, allowing it to slice open a predator with a single kick, according to the San Diego Zoo. These birds are also extremely fast. Cassowaries can run up to 31 miles per hour through dense forest and jump up to 7 feet (2 meters). The three species of cassowary are native to parts of northern Queensland, Australia and New Guinea. They live on fruit.

New research on the feathers taken from a dead cassowary has now revealed what gives cassowary feathers their glossy black shine. The southern cassowary has shiny feather structures. Unlike in other shiny birds, such as hummingbirds or crows, the cassowary's glossiness is produced by the rachis, or the spine of the feather, rather than the barbules, or minute filaments fringing a feather. Since the fluffy barbules on cassowary feathers are pretty sparse, the rachis gets more exposure to light than in "thick-feathered" birds, giving it a chance to literally shine.The glossiness of the cassowaries’ feathers comes from a totally different part of the feather than other glossy feathered birds. If one pictures a feather as if it were a tree, the gloss is in the trunk of the tree, not the branches. 

Some scientists who have conducted recent studies on the cassowaries suggest that the cassowary's unique gloss-producing mechanism would have evolved gradually over time, with an ancestral bird losing its barbules and the cassowary developing a thicker central feather shaft. These scientists contend that the flightlessness of cassowaries might have given the cassowaries more evolutionary room to develop their odd-shaped feathers. They posit that the need to be able to fly is a very strong stabilizing force on wing shape. So, by losing, the need to fly, cassowaries’ wings were able to evolve a feather morphology that produces gloss in a way that a flying bird might not.







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The LSAT was developed in order to assess the necessary skills needed in order to be successful in law school, including:

    • Reading Comprehension
    • Analytical Reasoning
    • Logical Reasoning

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LSAT TEST CONTENT DESCRIPTION

The LSAT includes four seperate scored multiple-choice sections, and one unscored writing sample. Each scored section is comprised entirely of multiple-choice questions, and candidates are given 35 minutes to complete each section. The included sections are as follows:

  • Logical Reasoning Section 1
  • Logical Reasoning Section 2
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Sample

Be sure you are utilizing all available LSAT practice tests in order to ensure you are familiar with each different section of the LSAT. The LSAT test is comprised of the following subtests:

LOGICAL REASONING SECTION 1 (24-26 ITEMS, 35 MINUTES)

The Logical Reasoning Section 1 portion of the LSAT is designed to assess the candidates ability to analyze and evaluate arguments and assess validity. Candidates will be required to determine an argument’s strength or weakness, as well as what causes the argument to be strong or weak.

This section includes 24-26 argument-based multiple choice questions, and candidates are given 35 minutes to complete it.

LOGICAL REASONING SECTION 2 (24-26 ITEMS, 35 MINUTES)

The Logical Reasoning Section 2 portion of the LSAT is identical to the Logical Reasoning Section 1 portion, just with different questions. Like its predecessor, it is designed to assess the candidates ability to analyze and evaluate arguments and assess validity. Candidates will be required to determine an argument’s strength or weakness, as well as what causes the argument to be strong or weak.

This section includes 24-26 argument-based multiple choice questions, and candidates are given 35 minutes to complete it.

ANALYTICAL REASONING SECTION (23-24 ITEMS, 35 MINUTES)

The Analytical Reasoning Section of the LSAT is often referred to as the “Logic Games” portion of the test. Candidates must use deductive reasoning and find structure within a set of organized data in order to demonstrate their skills in basic logic. Some skills required in order to be successful on this section of the test may include:

  • Matching Skills
  • Sequencing Skills
  • Both Matching and Sequencing Skills

This section includes 23-24 multiple choice questions which are based on the included “Logic Games” passages. Candidates are given 35 minutes to complete it.

READING COMPREHENSION SECTION (26-28 ITEMS, 35 MINUTES)

The Reading Comprehension Section of the LSAT assesses a candidate’s ability to read and comprehend a given scholarly passage. Some skills required in order to be successful on this section of the test may include:

  • Identifying Main Idea and Details
  • Drawing Inferences
  • Making Extrapolations

This section includes 26-28 multiple choice questions which are based on the included scholarly passages. Candidates are given 35 minutes to complete it.

WRITING SAMPLE (1 ESSAY, 35 MINUTES)

The Writing Sample Section of the LSAT is not graded, but is sent to law schools and may be used in their admission process. On this section, candidates are asked to argue one particular position over another. Candidates will be expected to not only support their own position, but also to knock down the opposing position.

This section includes 1 essay question in which the writer will support one position while knocking down the other. Candidates are given 35 minutes to complete it.

It is important to use the appropriate LSAT practice tests and study materials in order to be prepared for each section of the LSAT.