Monday, November 1, 2010

October 2010 LSAT Scale Score Breakdown, Reading Comprehension

I'm in the process of analyzing the LSAT administered on October 9, 2010 to see how generous the curve was, but more importantly, to make sure that the Zen of 180 algorithms correctly predicted the point distribution for each task strand.  

For today, here's the reading comprehension data. The first number after the strand or task  name is the number of questions allocated on the October 2010 LSAT, and the (+/-x) is the deviance from the expected based on the modern PrepTests.

As you can see, the general trend away from finding explicit evidence and towards evaluating evidence use has been remarkable, especially within the single task of Refers to [Piece] in Order to. That's where the question asks you how the author used a specific quote from the text to further their argument.

Look for the logic games and logical reasoning analysis next week!

Passage Structure 5 (-1)
  1. Main Idea or Title 2 (-1)
  2. Primary Purpose 1
  3. [Passage Piece] Function 1
  4.  Overall Organization 1
Explicit Evidence 2 (-3)
  1. Passage or Author Says 1
  2. Meaning of or Referring to 1
  3. Mentioned by Both 0 (-1)
  4. Expert Says 0
Evaluating Evidence 7 (+3)
  1. Refers to [Piece] in Order to 4 (+2)
  2. Evidence for or Against 2 (+1)
  3. Additional Info Strengthens 1
  4. Additional Info Weakens 0 (-1)
Opinion and Tone 3 (-1)
  1. Passage or Author Implies 0 (-2)
  2. Attitude on Piece 1
  3.  Expert Implies 2 (+2)
Extrapolation 10 (+3)
  1. Would Agree About 4 (+1)
  2. Application of or Analogous to 4 (+2)
  3. Most Supported by Passage 2 (+1)
  4. Continue Argument 0 (-1)