Free LSAT Course > Reading Comp > The Five Steps

Perform these five steps while you read:

1. Passage Classification
Is this passage persuasive or descriptive? Is it about science, business or humanities?

2. Analyzing Paragraphs
Break down each paragraph. Look for the main idea, tone and transitions.

3. Passage Mapping
Make a road map of the essay and/or draw an outline.

4. Find the Big Idea
Look for unusual language that makes an important point. Pay more attention to the first and last paragraphs.

5. Determine Purpose
Identify the conflicting perspectives within the essay, and the author’s point-of-view.

To prepare for the questions, here are the 5 steps you should take while reading a passage.

  1. Passage Classification. Is it science or humanities? Is this a persuasive essay or a descriptive one?
  2. Analyzing Paragraph. Look for the tone, main idea, and transitions.
  3. Passage Mapping. See the organization. Make a road map of the essay and/or draw out a map structure on your scratch paper.
  4. Find the Big Idea. Pay more attention to the first and last paragraphs. Look for unusual language that makes an important point.
  5. Determine Purpose. Look for author’s intention in the essay.

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