In a move that appears to slightly diminish the consistency of the LSAT, LSAC is now going to use a slightly different reading comprehension format. In this format, two passages will appear, and the questions that follow will relate to differences and comparisons between the passages. The new reading comprehension format can be seen in LSAC's practice test, starting on page 13 here:http://www.lsac.org/pdfs/2007-2008/SamplePT07webrenumbered.pdf
This new format, while different from prior exams, is not a whole lot different from prior reading comprehension passages that present two viewpoints. The questions relating to those reading sections are largely the same as the questions in the new reading comprehension question set.
Conceivably, this new format will make the LSAT more predictive of success in the world because much of law involves debates between two parties (defendant/plaintiff; Republican/Democrat, etc., etc.). LSAC in fact indicates that testing the law school skill of comparing two competing views is a reason for having this new format. The page with information about the changed format is here:http://lsac.org/LSAC.asp?url=/lsac/changing-news.asp#LSAT_changes
But, LSAC could've continued testing in that manner with the prior format. Maybe I'm a purist, but I don't think this change will make this standardized test more "standard", or even significantly better. Students will have to purchase new study materials, perhaps visit LSAC's website to check out new information about the changes, maybe attend one of LSAC's fora, etc. Students can't simply recycle 10 year old books with prior exams in them. Hey, it's another reason to visit this forum & get the scoop!
If you don't mind a little profanity and gratuitous comments, on this board there's been a reasonably good discussion about this here:http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,82380.0.html