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Studying for the LSAT / LR Question
« on: July 26, 2007, 11:08:38 AM »
This summer, Jen, who has worked at KVZ for just over three years, plants to spend with her family the entire four weeks of paid vacation to which she is entitled this year. Anyone who has worked at KVZ for between one and four years is automatically entitled to exactly three weeks paid vacation each year but can apply up tot half of any vacation time that remains unused at the end of one year to the next year's vacation. 

if the statements above are all true, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of them?

Correct answer: Jennifer did not use two weeks of the paid vacation time to which she was entitled last year.

My confusion:  how do you know she did not use two?? i don't see the math in that. didn't she use two weeks out of the three last year, and push that unused third week to this year to make it a total of 4 paid vacation weeks this year?  this question seems so simple, and i'm bugging out that i am totally clueless as to why i don't understand the right answer!!!

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I'm doing the logical construct drill in lesson two of TM, and am confused as to the difference between some of them. 

here are the answer choices we can use:  must be true, not necessarily true, could be true or cannot be true.

here is an example of a question on this drill that we're supposed to identify what the correct answer choice would be:

"Which one of the following cannot be validly concluded from the stated rules?"
the correct answer choice would be:  not necessarily true
the incorrect answer choice would be one that is a: must be true

I, on the other hand wrote that the correct answer choice would be: cannot be true (didn't it say "cannot be validly concluded?") and wrote that the incorrect would be: could be true.

I'm confused. what's the difference?? can someone explain???  and why are these distinctions important for knowing on the LSAT when i get what i should be looking for in the correct answer choice anyway?????

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Studying for the LSAT / testmasters lesson 1 LR HW
« on: July 24, 2007, 11:10:29 AM »
are the LR type 1 questions that we're given in this lesson supposed to be forcing us to need to diagram on almost every single one to get a hang of identifying sufficient/necessary conditions?  i've been finding it difficult to solve any of these without diagramming at all, and just want to make sure that this is the point of this exercise and that i'm not going to have to diagram every single question on the lsat!

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Studying for the LSAT / december test takers?
« on: July 23, 2007, 06:24:32 PM »
hello - i'm not a newbie to this site but actually registered last year thinking i'd take them then, but ended up not feeling ready for the tests.  i also never really got familiar with how to navigate this site, especially in terms of figuring out how the hell i can tell if someone has (MOST LIKELY) asked redundant questions like the quick one i am going to ask:

how many people are around on the same track as me - maybeeee taking the october lsat but chances are i'm going to need till the december LSAT to get to my target score??? just looking for people in the same boat to ask advice/share with!!!!!!

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i took testmasters last year, and i always felt that the biggest flaw in their method was that my instructor (maybe different from other TM instructors) ALWAYS made us diagram, and emphasized that as the first method even for seemingly un-diagrammable arguments.  that definitely got me into a robotic rather than conceptual way of approaching the LR, which i'm trying to overcome the habit of doing this time around because i'm much more comfortable digesting concepts than with symbols/arrows, but of course, time is an issue and i know sometimes diagrams are indeed the best way to work through these.  does anyone have any advice on how to identify when it's best to try to digest a statement conceptually vs. know it's worth it to diagram it in order to be time efficient in LR?  please let me know, thanks!!

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Studying for the LSAT / undergrad school taken into consideration?
« on: June 28, 2007, 02:16:53 PM »
just graduated from harvard college, magna cum (3.68 GPA).  i'm hoping to get into a top tier law school, but have been looking at law school books that all list the average undergrad gpa on top-tier-accepted-applications as pretty much 3.9+ but i don't know if admissions takes into account what school that gpa is from.   if i'm aiming to get over a 170, will that be good enough to balance out my relatively lower gpa from harvard? 

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Studying for the LSAT / for anyone in Testmasters: Extra diagnostics?
« on: August 28, 2006, 08:12:23 PM »
Is anyone who's currently taking testmasters also taking extra diagnostics that are not provided by testmasters? If so - do you have any books to recommend that don't overlap with course materials? Also - does anyone know about how extensive all the homeworks are in terms of the total amount of practice tests we will have taken by the end of this course (not including the proctored/supplemental diagnostics)?  Thanks!

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Studying for the LSAT / Numerical Distribution Technique?
« on: August 26, 2006, 04:45:14 PM »
Hey guys,
I was wondering if someone could explain how to systematically/efficiently figure out a numerical distribution- I tend to just stare at the paper and figure out which numbers I haven't used yet.  Sometimes I can see the pattern, but at other times I often lose track of what I've already written, and what I have yet to figure out.  If possible, could you explain to me how you'd figure the example below out step by step in your head? (Ex: start with the highest # on teh left, then decrease by 1, etc. etc.)

Below are two sets of variables, and the variables in the first set must be distributed amogn variables in the second set. Use the conditions to figure out the numerical distribution:
First set: 12 books
Second set: 4 shelves
Conditions: There must be an odd number of books on each shelf.

Just in case you want to check- here's the answer, but I would like to know how you got there step by step, and how you knew what to do next after each distribution/eliminating a possibility:
9-1-1-1
7-3-1-1
5-5-1-1
5-3-3-1

Thanks!
3-3-3-3

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Studying for the LSAT / LR Question
« on: August 21, 2006, 09:51:19 PM »
This summer, Jennifer, who has worked at KVZ Manufacturing for just over 3 years, plans to spend with her family the entire four weeks of paid vacation to which she is entitled this year. Anyone who has worked at KVZ for between one and four years is automatically entitled to exactly 3 weeks paid vacation each year but can apply up to half of any vacation time that remains unused at the end of one year to teh next year's vacation.

Q: If the statements above are true, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of them?

A) Jennifer did not use two weeks of the paid vacation time to which she was entitled last year.
B) If Jennifer continues to work for KVZ, she will only be entitled to three weeks paid vacation next year.
C) The majority of KVZ's employees use each year all of the paid vacation time to which they are entitled.
D) Last year Jennifer took only one week of the paid vacation time to which she was entitled. 
E) KVZ Manufacturing sometimes allows extra vacation time to employees who need to spend more time with their families.

Correct Answer: A
Aside from explaining how A is even a good answer, can someone also please explain to me how A and D are even different? I may be burnt out with studying for the day, but I am super confused as to how those two answer choices are different - don't they both say that she used 1 week, and did not use two weeks???. Doesn't it make more sense that she used 2 out of the 3 weeks last year, and added that 1 extra unused week to this year's vacation to make it a total of 4 for this year with her family? I'm so confused... thanks!



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Hey guys - this question is for anyone enrolled in TM:

my teacher always emphasizes circling the realm of possibilities when you recognize conditions governed by the Not Both or the 'Either or' rules when doing logic games.  So for instance, in a set of Not Both rules, she always has us circle the negated Necessary sides whereas in a set of Either/or rules, she has us circle the negated Sufficient sides. Does anyone know what the point of this is? i have yet to really use this... does anyone know what the importance of it is, and if it helps us in the games at all? Thanks!

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