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Studying for the LSAT / Dec. 2006 RC passage #4 Q.28
« on: November 10, 2008, 04:51:44 AM »
This is the legal reasoning systems passage.

I put (C), and the correct answer is (B).

I don't get why (C) can't be the answer. In lines 25-30, the author gives examples for which computer systems are not capable of interpreting or categorizing. No matter how well a software(legal reasoning system) is devised, those can't be correctly categorized by it, so I thought the answer choice (C) correctly states the function of lines 25-30 in the passage. I guess if there's only reason for (C) to be wrong, it would be the usage of the term, 'isolate,' because what lines 25-30 does in the passage is to delineate a few examples of relevant case, not to isolate issues. But, I thought it was not enough to make (C) an incorrect answer.

Can someone tell me what is wrong in my reasoning?

Studying for the LSAT / PT #33 Sec.2(RC) Q.19
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:10:48 AM »
This is the CO2/photosyntheic rates/wet tundra passage.

Q19. The author would be most likely to agree with which one of the following statements about the conclusions drawn on the basis of the research on plant growth mentioned in the first paragraph of the passage?

So, there are two researches mentioned in the first and second paragraph. My question is, which research is Q19 referring to? Is it the one mentioned in the first paragraph or the one in the second paragraph? I put (D) because I thought it was the research mentioned in the second paragraph, - whose conclusion says agricultural abundance may not happen because of competition among different types of plants.

I think I'm confused about what the question intends to ask and how to crosscheck the answers using the information in the passage. Please give me some hint about how to approach this question.

Thank you in advance!

Studying for the LSAT / PT #33 Sec.2(RC) Q.21
« on: September 17, 2008, 04:34:23 AM »
This is the CO2/photosynthesis/wet tundra passage.

The correct answer is (C). I didn't put (C) because the author only stated in the second paragraph that plants with higher photosynthetic efficiencies(corn or sugarcane) may lose their edge compared to other weeds with lower photosynthetic efficiencies(weeds). I thought it was not actually stated that plants with a high photosynthetic efficiency necessarily grow more slowly than other weeds with a low efficiency. The weeds might grow more quickly in a high-CO2 environment, but they do not necessarily grow more quickly than plants with higher photosynthetic efficiency. This is why I thought (C) could be consistent with what's stated in the passage.

I thought (D) was inconsistent with what's stated in the passage, because the author talks about the differences in growth in a high-CO2 environment among plants with different photosynthetic efficiencies. I thought nothing in the passage offers information regarding growth speed among plants with same photosynthetic efficiencies.

Is there anything wrong in my reasoning?

Plus, is there a tip in dealing with this type of inference questions? Most of the questions I miss in RC are inference questions, so I guess there's something wrong in my approach to these questions.

Thank you so much for your help.

Studying for the LSAT / PT #32 Sec.2(RC) Q.12
« on: September 17, 2008, 12:22:02 AM »
This is the multicultural education passage.
I'm having a hard time understanding why (D) is correct. I put (A) because I thought the proponents of the second version of education would find comparison of two cultures not fair. I thought (D) was a loser because I thought if they use Western literary theories to study the literature of other societies, then it's not incompatible with the second version of education that they suggest - which argues cultures should be studied on its own term without being judged by other cultures' values, and it's justified to use Western "methods" such as anthropology, social psychology, political science, etc.

Can somebody explain why (D) "has to" be the correct answer while (A) doesn't hit the right spot?

Studying for the LSAT / A sudden decrease in RC & LG on PT #54
« on: September 15, 2008, 05:25:57 AM »
I've been prepping for the Oct test for a couple months now. I've been scoring 170ish on the recent few PTs, then two days ago I took the most recent PT, #54 - which is June, 08. I don't have the scoring scale for that, but my raw scores are just horrible. -8 for RC, -7 for LG. LRs were not too bad: -5 and -2. I took the RC section again, then scored -7 the second time. I even had a hard time finishing the section in time. LG seemed significantly harder than any other "modern" PTs. Did anybody feel the same way about PT #54? What's the scoring scale like? I think it must be something like -12 for 170.

Studying for the LSAT / Retaking PTs second time
« on: August 22, 2008, 02:10:31 AM »
I've exhausted pretty much all of PTs available out there.. I'm saving only a few of them for the final checkup..
I don't have a problem retaking PTs second time cause I took lots of them almost a year ago and I absolutely don't remember the answers though some parts of passages and stimuli look familiar.

I've been constantly scoring 170+ on those PTs that I retook second time.. My question is.. Can I reliably believe that I've become one of those monster 170ers? I feel my test taking skill has definitely improved cause I used to score 165ish last year on the retaken PTs. Can anybody tell me about this?

Studying for the LSAT / PT #44 Sec.1(RC) Q.20
« on: August 10, 2008, 06:35:13 AM »
This is the nerve cells/NGF/chick embryos passage.

The correct answer is (D). The only clue I could find from the passage related to what's stated in (D), is line (40). It says NGF is the first of "many" cell-growth factors. Isn't this a little too brief to justify the choice (D)? Is there any other information from the passage that makes (D) true?

I put (E), which basically states that there're other neurotrophic factors that create the same effects as in Levi-Montalcini's chick embryos experiment. I think this could also be confirmed by line (40), right?

I hope somebody could tell me why (D) is correct and (E) is wrong.


Studying for the LSAT / PT#44 Sec.1(RC) Q.25
« on: August 10, 2008, 03:38:19 AM »
This is the Modern Movement/architecture problem.

I put (B) for lack of a better choice. The cr answer choice is (D). But, doesn't "conviniently" describe the attitude of the proponents? not the author? The question is asking which term reveals the attitude of the author towards the proponents. Can somebody explain how "conviniently" reveals the attitude of the "author"?

Thanks in advance.

Recommendations / Reapply to different schools - Need new LORs?
« on: June 10, 2008, 11:59:49 AM »
I'm reapplying next cycle to different schools and LSAC has my old LORs from some of my undergrad professors. So, when I reapply this fall, can I still use my old LORs or should I get new ones? There's nothing special I've done since last year, so I don't think LORs should be any different than the old ones. I wish I can just redirect the old LORs to new schools when I reapply, but I'm not sure if it's possible. Does anyone know about this?

Law School Applications / Two LSAT cancellations
« on: June 10, 2008, 07:52:16 AM »
I already have one cancellation of the test and now I'm thinking of pushing it back to October again. I first took the test last September in which I didn't get a satisfactory score.

So, my question is, does changing the test date this time(June '08) to the October date constitute as a cancellation? and would two cancellations hurt me in any way in the app process?

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