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Studying for the LSAT / LR Question...carbohydrates vs. fatty foods
« on: December 28, 2005, 08:35:18 PM »
Since I'm not allowed to post LSAT questions here and I can't really paraphrase the question, would anyone be so kind as to look at Question 8 from section I (LR) of Preptest 29 (Oct '99) and explain it to me.

It's the one about how consuming simple carbs can lead to overproduction of insulin, which in turn can affect the body's storage of fat.

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Studying for the LSAT / Anyone take LSAT in tri-cities or Ann Arbor, MI?
« on: December 26, 2005, 06:11:37 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm planning on taking the February LSAT and I am in central/upper Michigan right now. I was wondering if anyone (I strongly doubt it) is from the tri-cities area or knows anything the LSAt test centers in this area (SVSU and Delta College). I'm debating whether to take it at one of those test centers (which would be about 10 minutes away), or to take the LSAT at Umich (go there a day early and stay in a hotel). I've heard that the Umich test center was nice and spacious, and I'm really worried about having to work in a very cramped environment.

If you have any suggestions or have taken the LSAT in either of these areas, please sound off on what your experience was like.

Thanks!


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LSAT horror stories / Anyone take LSAT in tri-cities or Ann Arbor, MI?
« on: December 26, 2005, 06:11:03 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm planning on taking the February LSAT and I am in central/upper Michigan right now. I was wondering if anyone (I strongly doubt it) is from the tri-cities area or knows anything the LSAt test centers in this area (SVSU and Delta College). I'm debating whether to take it at one of those test centers (which would be about 10 minutes away), or to take the LSAT at Umich (go there a day early and stay in a hotel). I've heard that the Umich test center was nice and spacious, and I'm really worried about having to work in a very cramped environment.

If you have any suggestions or have taken the LSAT in either of these areas, please sound off on what your experience was like.

Thanks!


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Since I started practicing a month or so ago, I have been reading the question stem first in LR questions. I believe this may be the strategy PR suggests. I came across Powerscore's technique, saying to absolutely avoid reading the question stem first. I find that reading the stem first helps me quite a bit, as I do fine this way, averaging 3 wrong per LR section.

I really don't buy any of Powerscore's objections to this method, except for perhaps that it wastes more time. How do you all approach LR?

Secondly, in diagramming linear LG's, the PR suggests that you kind of make a table and fill in your work for all of the questions in separate rows in that table. Just keep on adding a row for each question. Powerscore suggests to redraw the whole thing for each question. I've been following Powerscore's method to see if it works, but I feel like PR's method takes less time and helps you see all of the connections, as your work for the question is right beneath the main setup with all the not-laws, etc filled in. Furthermore, it takes less space, since there is not always enough space next to questions to re-create the diagram.

What diagramming methods do you use mostly with linear and other games?

Just thought I'll see what the consensus is, but as usual, I ended up putting in a bunch of extraneous information: so basically what are your preferred  LR and LG techniques?

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Studying for the LSAT / Sufficient and Necessary Conditions
« on: December 06, 2005, 02:11:29 AM »
Now, according to Powerscore's LGB, a necessary condition needs to be true for a sufficient condition to occur. So, for example, "I need to study to do well on the LSAT" can be written out as:

Do well on the LSAT--> Study...right?

However, the following is from the Powerscore site:

"If you are rich or famous, then you are happy"
Rich or famous-->happy
Being happy is the sufficient condition...so you need to be rich or famous (necessary) to be happy.

I'm just confused as to why in my example, the sufficient condition comes first, and in this example off the Powerscore website, the necessary condition comes first...??

Does someone have a quick and easy way to explain diagramming conditional statements? I'm usually quite good with these and their contrapositives but sometimes the more I analyze them, the more confused I become.

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2) While going over an LR question, one of the answer choices was as follows:

"Prior experience in foreign affairs is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for a president or prime minister to have a successful foreign policy"

The wording just seemed strikingly similar to the way the LGB describes conditional statements, but I take it, it was just saying that to have a successful foreign policy having prior experience alone is not sufficient in and of itself, and also is not necessary.

I realize I answered the question I posed to everyone myself, but that wording just seemed confusingly similar to the LGB terminology of "sufficient" and "necessary" conditions.


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Studying for the LSAT / Target low 170s--should I take a course?
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:30:28 AM »
Hey everyone...first off I just thought I'd say these boards seems a lot more encouraging and supportive than many others I've read online. For example, on the Princenton Review discussion boards it seems like the answers are always "no chance in hell," "no chance at HYP," "you're screwed," etc...but I digress.

I took two timed practice LSATs before opening a prep book and I got a 159 on both. Then, after studying from the Princeton Review book, I got a 156 on one of the PR's "simulated" LSATs in the back of the book (go figure...i think the test had a lot of ambiguities but whatever). My weakest section by far is Logic Games. Ive been studying the Logic Games Bible and doing some practice. 

Recently, took the arguments and reading comprehension sections from two practice LSATs and did quite well (not strictly timed though). On one of the tests, I got only five questions wrong total on the three sections, and on the other, fifteen wrong...Meaning, figuring in the current avg of 6-7 logic games questions I usually get wrong, I would have scored approximately a 171 and 163, respectively.

Yesterday, I took an entire LSAT without any breaks and got a 165. Timing seemed to be the main issue, as I got 6 wrong on one of the arguments section because I couldn't do 2-3 of the arguments. I also scored lower on Reading Comp. than i would have hoped.

In any case, based on an analysis I feel like I can improve hopefully as I have tons of room for improvement in terms of timing and definitely Logic Games...My questions:

A) Should I study myself (which is what I'm inclined to do...taking tons of practice tests, etc) or take a prep course. I fear that a prep course will inundate me with useless information that will further confuse the progress I've made studying over the past month or so.

B) Do I have a chance to score a 172-173, considering I have nothing else occupying me between now and February?

thanks for bearing with me in what was a very convoluted way of asking a simple question.

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