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The Upsilon Sigma Phi Law Aptitude Exam Review

THE EXAM
1. Time pressure
2. Prioritization
3. Creativity
4. Arguably just as difficult as the UPCAT
READING COMPREHENSION
1. Understanding of a given passage
2. Asking of very specific questions
3. May require a thorough understanding
of the given material
PROBLEMS
1. Assigned reading material is too long
and eats up too much time.
2. Questions are too specific for the
length of the assigned material.
3. The material uses words the meaning
of which I do not know.
4. Questionnaire asks for the main point
of the article according to my
understanding.
BASIC EXAM TIPS
1. Time yourself and apportion at least the
last three (3) minutes to fill out
unanswered portions of the exam.
2. Know when to move on.
3. Thoroughly determine what the question
is asking.
4. Always choose the best answer.
5. Never leave any items blank. No right-
wrong.
6. Bring food/chewing gum.
GENERAL READING COMPRE
TIPS
1. Know when to fully read, when to skim,
and when to scan.
2. Always, always read the questions first
before gobbling up the material.
3. Never answer on the basis of material
other than the assigned reading.
4. Dig up your lessons on context clues from
your GE English classes/high school
English classes.
5. Make it a point to read all choices.
ASSIGNED MATERIAL IS TOO
LONG
HACKS:
1. Look at the first and last sentences of
the passage.
2. Clues = words and phrases such as “in
essence”, “clearly”, “in sum/conclusion”,
etc usually convey the main thought of
the passage.
QUESTIONS ARE TOO SPECIFIC
1. Determine what the question is asking
(5Ws, 1H). SCAN the material for all
answers pertinent to the question.
2. Double-check if the specific answer is
what the question asks.
3. Never select the answer which contains
any wrong information, no matter how
correct another statement may be.
UNFAMILIAR WORDS
1. Two different questions: either they ask
for the meaning or the different
connotations of the word.
2. Scan all sentences where the word is
used. Encircle the words as they
appear in the passage. Discriminate
using context clues indicated in the
material.
MAIN POINT?
1. Merely a ruse; stick to the point the
material is trying to make.
2. Questions regarding “What do you feel
the title should be?” – stick to the main
theme of the article. Other choices may
appeal to the emotion but are more
often than not the incorrect choice.
SPEED READING
1. Previewing
2. Skimming
3. Clustering
4. Use a pointer if necessary.
5. Know when to slow down.
6. Practice.
PDFs
For speed reading:
http://bit.ly/2hsOKw0

For exercises:
http://bit.ly/1OWnbXW