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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Pre-1L Study Group in Seoul
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:08:49 AM »
Like the title of this thread says, we're planning on making a study group for pre-1Ls in Seoul. There are currently three members in the group. Please let me know if you want to participate in this.

Personal Statement / Please critique my PS
« on: November 01, 2009, 09:22:03 PM »

Studying for the LSAT / PT #23 Sec.3(LR) Q.23 - parallel flawed reasoning
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:21:49 AM »
This is the highway safety/smoking problem.

(B) and (D) were my contenders. The correct answer is (B).

I can kinda see why (D) is wrong. If you have a better lap time for the breaststroke, then you might win more often by practicing it.

But, I don't see how (B) is parallel with the reasoning in the passage. Is the reasoning in (B) even flawed at all?

Please help me with this. Thanks!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT 37 Sec.2(LR) Q.26
« on: August 28, 2009, 10:02:30 AM »
So.. How do you diagram "Each frog on Scrag Island lives in the lagoon"?
Is this the same statement as "All frog on Scrag Island live in the lagoon"? (Frog on Scrag Island -> Live in the Lagoon)

Also, is the reasoning in the choice (E) false?

You forgot the "all known deposits". 

when i approach parallel questions i try to look at the stimulus as a "whole".  I try to match the (1) logic, (2) structure, (3) flaw if necessary. 

All known deposits are in tanzania.  so ashley collects only tanzanite stones, and unlikely will collect stones not from tanzania. 

(D) the only frogs yet discovered are in the lagoon.  since owls only eat frogs from the lagoon, they will never eat an animal outside of the lagoon. 

if you look at the choice, all structural aspect matches.

(E) is wrong because of structural reasons.

Studying for the LSAT / PT 37 Sec.2(LR) Q.26
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:00:52 AM »
This is the lagoon/frogs/owl problem.

The correct answer is (D). Why not (E)?

Here's how I thought. The passage's reasoning states that,
Ashley Collects -> Tanzanite stones -> Found in Tanzania
Therefore, Ashley is unlikely to gather stones not from Tanzania.

I thought (E) had the same reasoning.
Owl Eats -> Frogs -> In lagoon
Therefore, Owls are unlikely to eat something living outside the lagoon.

What is wrong in my reasoning?

Thanks in advance.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Help me with this sentence.
« on: July 30, 2009, 04:21:55 AM »
The term "as it were" is an idiom.  The "it" doesn't have to refer to something in specific.  It's used to call attention to a re-naming of a phenomenon -- specifically with when the name isn't really correct.  For example: "John ended up finding a backdoor into the club for us and even procured us a table in the VIP lounge; he was our clubbing sherpa, as it were."  [If you don't know what a sherpa is, it's someone who carries your stuff up Mt. Everest (or other mountains)].

Does that clear it up?

That's a badly written passage, by the way. 

Good luck!  - Noah

Now, I get it! Thank you so much.

Studying for the LSAT / Help me with this sentence.
« on: July 27, 2009, 08:47:25 AM »
This passage is from an anonymous source on the internet, but I know it's not a LSAT passage. I'm posting the other parts of the passage for your understanding.

I can partially understand what the boldic-faced line means, but not exactly. Can someone please explain what exactly "as it were" means? What does "it" refer to?  Thank you.
Here's the passage.
Woodrow Wilson was referring to the liberal idea of the economic market when he said that the free enterprise system is the most efficient economic system. Maximum freedom means maximum productiveness; our “openness” is to be the measure of our stability. Fascination with this ideal has made Americans defy the “Old World” categories of settled possessiveness versus unsettling deprivation, the cupidity of retention versus the cupidity of seizure, a “status quo” defended or attacked. The United States, it was believed, had no status quo ante. Our only “station” was the turning of a stationary wheel, spinning faster and faster. We did not base our system on property but opportunity—which meant we based it not on stability but on mobility. The more things changed, that is, the more rapidly the wheel turned, the steadier we would be. The conventional picture of class politics is composed of the Haves, who want a stability to keep what they have, and the Have-Nots, who want a touch of instability and change in which to scramble for the things they have not. But Americans imagined a condition in which speculators, self-makers, runners are always using the new opportunities given by our land. These economic leaders (front-runners) would thus be mainly agents of change. The nonstarters were considered the ones who wanted stability, a strong referee to give them some position in the race, a regulative hand to calm manic speculation; an authority that can call things to a halt, begin things again from compensatorily staggered “starting lines.”
“Reform” in America has been sterile because it can imagine no change except through the extension of this metaphor of a race, wider inclusion of competitors, “a piece of the action,” as it were, for the disenfranchised. There is no attempt to call off the race. Since our only stability is change, America seems not to honor the quiet work that achieves social interdependence and stability.

Studying for the LSAT / A LR Question
« on: May 18, 2009, 01:00:40 AM »
This is a GMAT LR question, which is nearly identical to a LSAT LR question. They say the correct answer's (B), but I think it's (D). What do you guys think the correct answer is?

Thanks in advance.

Some species of Arctic birds are threatened by recent sharp increases in the population of snow geese, which breed in the Arctic and are displacing birds of less vigorous species. Although snow geese are a popular quarry for hunters in the southern regions where they winter, the hunting season ends if and when hunting has reduced the population by five percent, according to official estimates. Clearly, dropping this restriction would allow the other species to recover.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument?

(A) Hunting limits for snow geese were imposed many years ago in response to a sharp decline in the population of snow geese.
(B) It has been many years since the restriction led to the hunting season for snow geese being closed earlier than the scheduled date.
(C) The number of snow geese taken by hunters each year has grown every year for several years.
(D) As their population has increased, snow geese have recolonized wintering grounds that they had not used for several seasons.
(E) In the snow goose’s winter habitats, the goose faces no significant natural predation.

Studying for the LSAT / *
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:08:30 AM »

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