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Studying for the LSAT / parallel LR from June 2007 - please help
« on: September 25, 2007, 09:57:10 AM »
We should accept the proposal to demolish the old train station, because the local historical society, which vehemently opposes this, is dominated by people who have no commitment to long-term economic well-being.  Preserving old buildings creates an impediment to new development, which is critical to economic health.

The flawed reasoning exhibited by the argument above is most similar to that exhibited by which one of the following arguments?

(A) Our country should attempt to safeguard works of art that it deems to possess national cultural significance.  These works might not be recognied as such by all taxpayers, or even all critics.  Nevertheless, our country ought to expend whatever money is needed to procure all such works as they become available.

(B) Documents of importance to local heritgage should be properly preserved and archived for the sake of future generations.  For, if even one of these documents is damaged or lost, the integrity of the historical record as a whole will be damaged.

(C) You should have your hair cut no more than once a month.  After all, beauticians suggest that their customers have their hair cut twice a month, and they do this as a way of generating more business for themselves.

(D) The committee should endorse the plan to postpone construction of the new expressway.  Many residents of the neighborhoods that would be affected are fervently opposed to that construction, and the committee is obligated to avoid alienating those residents.

(E) One should not borrow even small amounts of money nless it is absolutely necessary.  Once one borrows a few dollars, the interest starts to accumulate.  The longer one takes to repay, the more one ends up owing, and eventually a small debt has become a large one. 

Studying for the LSAT / how long does an LSAT administration take?
« on: September 21, 2007, 05:54:26 AM »
From LSAC Website: Candidates should expect the test day to cover up to seven hours.

How long does it really take?  Is it reasonable to expect to be completely finished 5 hours after reporting time?

Studying for the LSAT / Rating of Difficulty of June 2001 #34 RC section
« on: September 18, 2007, 08:57:09 AM »
Any opinions about whether this section was exceptionally easy?  I just took it as a single timed section, finished in under 34 minutes, and got -1.  Generally when I do RC as part of a complete simulated test I'm at about -6 or worse and am strapped for time.  Given that weakness I'm trying to buckle down on RC - and while my simulated conditions just now were too good to ask for come 9/29 (just did the single section now i.e the time of my choosing when feeling good and with a digital timer in front of me) - I'm also wondering if maybe this RC was just too easy.  One way of determining that might be to know if the LR and LG were easier or harder than the norm.  I know some of you are quasi-statisticians on these matters, so, any input?


Is anyone aware of a statistical breakdown on the frequency the same letter answer choice will appear in a row?  I mean, how common is it to have 'A' 'B' 'C' 'D' or 'E' appear twice in a row, three times in a row, four times in a row, etc.? I've seen as many as 4 same letter choices as consecutive credited responses. 

Depending on how I'm managing my time, three consecutive identical letter choices signals an alarm for me to go back and check my work.  Maybe it's a waste of time, but I was just doing a RC section where by the third passage I had loads of time left and had just chosen 4 identical answers in a row.  I wondered whether I should use that extra time to go over those 4 answers and find if there was a wrong one, or just move on to the last section (in case it was a doozy).


Studying for the LSAT / LRB logic diagrams, question on
« on: June 03, 2007, 05:36:54 AM »

p. 321 of the PS LRB gives this diagram:

A <-s-> B --> C (where 's' stands for some)

and says the additive inference is this:

A <-s-> C

This means that since some A's are B's, and every B is a C, then it must be true that some A's are C's. I'm fine with that, but why is the additive inference showing the "double arrow" pointing to A?  Why is it not diagrammed like this:

A -s-> C  (doesn't the above diagram mean that some C's are also A's?  And that's not correct is it?)

How to they stop people from copying from other peoples' scantrons?  I understand that they mix up the order of the sections, but it wouldn't be very hard for an astute test taker to observe which section his neighbor is working on and do the mental gymnastics to find the answers on his scantron.  Moreover, if someone went into the test with a cheating partner, they could divide each section in half between them, basically doubling their time.  How does LSAC keep all of this from happening? 

I hope the answer is solid ~ I remember when I used to take scantron or any exams I was overly concerned about keeping my answers covered from prying eyes.  I either didn't want them stealing my A, or them seeing my answers and knowing how badly I was bombing the exam.  For the LSAT, I'd like to be able to go into knowing that my neighbor will have no incentive to look over (rationally, I know it's stupid, even if I can pull down a 180, 170, 160, whatever, him copying that isn't going to hurt me in any way...but human beings are irrational works). 

Studying for the LSAT / Timers and Pencils
« on: April 17, 2007, 08:13:47 AM »
Lots of consternation about no digital timers or mechanical pencils.  I'm not that bothered, but does anyone know why these new rules?

Maybe the overall experience is that more than a few testing sites get interrupted by beeping timers or students running out of graphite in their mechanical pencils and have to ask the proctor during the exam for a #2.  Maybe LSAC is looking to cut down on "excuses" students use to complain about their testing site conditions? 

Any better ideas/insight?

Law School Admissions / Easy Question - Definitions
« on: April 17, 2007, 02:26:28 AM »
I'm not in this cycle so I don't know what some basic terms mean.  Could someone explain:

* waitlisted

* deferred

* hold

* pending


When taking an actual test at a testing center, do you know before you start the test what order your sections will be in?  Is there a page before you start that lays out the 5 sections? 

Has anyone taken the LSAT in either Beijing or Hong Kong?  Any comments about how these facilities are?  I once heard that one of the testing centers there was hot and noisy.  Can anyone shed some light?


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