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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 08, 2008, 04:26:35 PM »
Just came back from work and there it was on my doorstep, the RC Bible.  I quickly glanced through the book and I gotta say this is the most comprehensive RC material that is out there.

The book is 360 pages long and consists of eleven chapters.  Covers some of the basics and the book has different types of drills througout.  Based on a quick overview, it appears that PS is introducing some of their own techniques that can be used while tackling the RC section.  Examples used in the book are recent RC passages and the book goes over the answers in detail.  It also has a chapter covering the comparative passages.  One of the chapters also has all four passages from June 2008 RC section and goes over them in detail.

I'm gonna start reading this tonight, but just wanted to give you guys some idea.

I can relate.  Scored 165, which is 6-7 points below my average.  Bombed on the RC section as I got 7 questions wrong.  But then again I was pretty exhausted from work and travel, so that could've been a factor for the low score.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 03, 2008, 08:22:14 PM »
I've preordered a copy and it should arrive within a week from now.

Although I haven't read it yet, but I think it will be one of the best (if not the best) RC resources on the market.  Then again, there aren't that much resources out there that covers RC section in detail.  I strictly base my opinion after going through Powerscore's 2004 LSAT Deconstructed where the book goes over every single question and answer choices in detail.  Their explanations on all three (June, October, and December 2004) RC sections were thorough and gave me some guidance as to what I should look for when reading the passages.

If the Reading Comprehension Bible is similar to the RC sections in the aforementioned book, then I think it'd be helpful to those struggling with this section.  It'd be awesome if the RC Bible covers comparative passages. 

Parallel reasoning???  I believe most LSAT takers have trouble with Assumption, Flaw, and Parallel reasoning questions.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Main Point/Idea
« on: June 27, 2008, 01:53:56 PM »

MP questions are not always the easiest questions (refer to LSAT Superprep and see some MP questions and how LSAC ranked them in terms of difficulty).  I see your frustration as I've once faced the similar issue.  Here's how I approach and hope it helps at least a little:

While reading, first I try to see if author is present or not.  If author is not present and the passage is just simply "describing" or "presenting" certain points of views or set of facts, then the answer to the MP question should somewhat paraphrase the entire passage.

If author is present and he/she is actually laying out his/her stance on certain issue, then the answer to the MP question should paraphrase the author's conclusion. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Need your advice
« on: June 18, 2008, 05:33:00 PM »
It seems like you are in a same situation that I was in about a year ago... well almost.  I'm Korean myself and English is my second language.  Been studying for LSAT and will be taking it in October.

I have to say TM is not very good at teaching RC and they barely have any strategies for that section.  They are very good at LR though.  Are you aiming to answer all the questions in each section?  Perhaps you might want to focus on answering less questions and increase your accuracy.  For instance, if one of your LR section has 26 questions, then you might want to focus on answering only like 20-22 questions (even less if necessary) but devote more time on individual questions.  Same goes for RC.  If your current strategy is to go through all four passages, you might want to cut it down to three but answering the relevant questions with more time invested in each.

For RC, if you are to answer all questions (26-28) you should be able to go through the passage in like 3 but no more than 4 minutes while picking up vital information: topic, author's tone (if he or she is present in the passage), positions (i.e. are there proponents or critics to certain view mentioned in the passage), conclusion, how the conclusion has been reached, etc.  I don't know how many passages you've tackled, but you'll notice (or have noticed) a pattern that is taking place in the RC section.  Eventually you'll be able to tell what kind of passage it will be just by reading the first paragraph once you see this "pattern." 

I also believe that your attitude when answering these questions matters.  Tackling the questions with confidence will greatly improve your score (it worked for me at least  ;D).  I'm assuming that you're pretty good at LG as you've not mentioned it as one of your "weak" sections?  If so, then perhaps you might want to check the difference in your attitude when tacking LG and tackling other sections.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is one year too early to start studying?
« on: June 14, 2008, 10:33:04 PM »
That depends on what your starting point is.  Have you taken any diagnostic test under timed condition?  If so, how did you do.  If you're already scoring around 160 and your goal is 170+, then I think one year is a bit of overkill but not necessarily a waste.

I've been studying for about a year or so while maintaining my full time work schedule.  Based on my experience, I don't think you need to worry about depleting your study materials (unless of course you plan on studying like 4-6 hours every day for an entire year).  I've been studying as much as I could and mostly been preping with practice tests.  To this day I still have about 8 prep tests that I haven't touched.  Also, it's not a bad idea to work on the prep test and revisit that same test couple months later as it will reinforce some of the ideas learned previously.

Just took this test today, but is it just me or does this test have a difficult RC section? 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT 43, s. 2, Q. 19
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:03:32 AM »
Hope it helped.  Part of the reason I got this question right is because of how I approach answering questions.  I don't read the stimulus first, but instead I read the question stem first then I tackle the stimulus.  There are several prominent Prep companies like TM and Powerscore that advise you not to do this, but I don't necessarily agree with them.  My advice is that a student should work with both strategies (reading stimulus, stem and choices or reading stem, stimulus and question) and see which one works well for an individual. 

I tried both, and turns out that I score better with increased efficiency when I read the question stem first.  Just like the LR question you asked, I read the stem and realized that I needed to look for similar element between the two person.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT 43, s. 2, Q. 19
« on: June 12, 2008, 04:42:42 PM »
I believe the answer is D?

This is an unusual question.  As it asks what they agree on.

Marc says that people are nostalgic because they regret recent revoluation.  Robert states that they are nostalgic not because of recent, but because of distant past.  Keep in mind that both people agree that there was a revolution AND they agree that people are not satisfied and feel nostalgia.

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