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Studying for the LSAT / Help with PT18, Section 2, #23
« on: June 03, 2008, 10:15:34 PM »
Need some help if anyone is willing.

Question 23, Section 2 in PT 18 is laden with conditional reasoning, a sizeable weakspot for me. About the question itself, it deals with teachers being effective, students learning, and both making decisions.

The way I had the statements mapped is like so -

TE = Teachers Effective
SIL = students become independent learners
SMD = students make decisions
TPMD = teachers have power to make decisions

After mapping the conditional statements I had:

Premises:
TE --> SIL

SMD --> TPMD    *I am almost certain this one is not correct. The statement began with "Yet not until" and this setup made the most sense.

SIL --> SMD

Conclusion:
TE --> TPMD

Other than the obvious issues I had with understanding the conditional statements, I have trouble with the question as well.  The question stem proceeds by saying each could be true of teachers who have enabled their students to make their own decisions, and than adds EXCEPT for good measure.

Now the way I proceeded to answer the question was search for the relevant conditional statements that had SMD(students make own decisions) as a condition, particularly the sufficient condition, which lead me to SMD ---> TPMD.  I then went through the answer choices and looked for a choice that said "Teachers don't have the power to make decisions" which was answer E and correct.

But looking back, approaching the question this way doesn't seem correct.  Is there a better way to approach it?

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Studying for the LSAT / Clarification on Two Game Classifications
« on: May 14, 2008, 10:22:21 PM »
I'm having trouble understanding why two games are classified differently when they seem to be setup in a very similar manner. 

PrepTest 18, Game #2 is classified as a Basic Linear: Balanced
PrepTest 10, Game #2 is classified as a Basic Linear: Unbalanced: Overloaded

Why aren't they both 'Unbalanced: Overloaded'?  According to my setups(PT 18, Game #2 I used the cities as the base and PT 10, Game #2 I used the movies) they both contain more variables than slots.  The numerical distribution would be 2-2-1-1 for PT 10, Game #2 and 3-2-0 for PT 18, Game #2.

What am I missing?

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Studying for the LSAT / LG Bible Questions
« on: April 10, 2008, 09:00:09 AM »
Does anyone know if the new PowerScore LG bible is vastly different from the old?

I took the LSAT in Sept. 07 and Feb. 08 - ungraded and 167 respectively - and I struggled with the LG section during the actual exam.  During prep, however, the LG sections were my best. 

I've read some complaints regarding the PowerScore LG bible - specifically the slowness of the method - and I've also read that the new version addresses those complaints.  For the people who have used both versions, does it actually address those complaints and is it worth upgrading?

Also, one other small question.  In the LG bible they recommend reading the entire stimulus and rules before beginning the diagram.  During my other exams, I didn't do that.  I did the diagram, wrote out the variable list, and rules as I read the problem.  Could this be a source of a slowdown during the exam?

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