Not only is LSAC adding a new comparative reading question type, but they are changing up the regulations surrounding the testing environment. Gone are the days when people could use mechanical pencils and fancy silent timers. Now you can't even where a hooded sweatshirt.
Prohibited: weapons or firearms, ear plugs, books, backpacks, handbags, papers of any kind, calculators, rulers, timers, listening devices, cellular phones, recording or photographic devices, pagers, beepers, headsets, and/or other electronic devices.
Allowed: Tests takers may bring into the room only a clear plastic ziplock bag, maximum size one gallon (3.79 liter), which must be stored under the chair and may be accessed only during the break. The ziplock bag may contain only the following items: LSAT Admission Ticket stub; valid ID; wallet; keys; hygiene products; #2 or HB pencils, highlighter, erasers, pencil sharpener (no mechanical pencils); tissues; beverage in plastic container or juice box (20 oz./591 ml maximum size) and snack for break only.
This should hopefully make for a more quiet testing environment unless somebody brings along a noisy pencil sharpener. *sigh* Quiet, that would have been nice back in December. Evil proctor, making tapping noises through the whole test. At least I was taking the test in a location with like 10 other students, not one of the nightmare administrations with 200+ people and hours worth of administration. Maybe these changes will help me. So far I've only been practicing with an analog watch and a kitchen timer. At least I don't require a major timing strategy shift.
Oh and LSAC has released a new practice test for 2007 which includes comparative reading questions.