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Studying for the LSAT / Feb. 1999 LR 1, Q.23
« on: May 22, 2007, 12:33:27 AM »
Hope some of you guys can help me with this evil question. Thank you.

The passage is saying deep tilage causes erosion, thus farmers should incorporate no-till methods. Good point. Adopting the powerscore LR bible method, the author must consider this as the sole conclusion and there is no other alternative explanation. So, the answer choice (C) makes sense because it depends the conclusion in the passage by saying that any tilling is bad.(no-till method is good.)

But, I don't understand why (B) cannot be an assumption.
It says, "In deep-tillage farming, the deeper one tills, the greater the susceptibility to topsoil erosion."
If you use the Assumption Negation technique, then it cannot be an assumption because it would be a statement like "the deeper one tills, the better it is.", thus making the passage's conclusion invalid. But, the original statement itself(the answer choice B) is consistent with the conclusion. "The deeper one tills, the worse it is." This is what the passage is saying!

So, my question is, how could a statement be consistent with the passage while it fails the conclusion when changed by the Assumption Negation technique?

Studying for the LSAT / Feb. 1999 Sec1.LR Q.#17
« on: May 21, 2007, 07:51:27 PM »
Hey, guys
I hope somebody can help me with Q.17 from Sec.1 of Feb.1999

The passage says, "The difference between manners and morals is that the former are necessarily social in nature whereas the latter are not necessarily social in nature."

does this statement involve a conditional reasoning?
I diagramed the first as,
manner -> ~social

but, I can't figure out how to diagram the second relations. Is it possible to diagram the second one? if so, then how?


Studying for the LSAT / Feb. 1999 Games#2
« on: May 20, 2007, 06:44:05 PM »
If somebody explains this to me, I would really appreciate it.

The fourth condition says "If it is not the case that the park contains both laurels and oaks, then it contains firs and spruces."

I diagramed it as 'NOT laurels AND NOT oaks -> firs AND spruces'
The contrapositive might be 'NOT firs OR NOT spruces -> laurels OR oaks'

But, the solution says 'if the park doesn't have firs and spruces, then it must have both laurels and oaks.'

I don't understand why the park must have both laurels and oaks when the park doesn't have firs or spruces.

*my second question is, when you say A or B, does that mean either A or B (1 of them)? Could it also include both A and B?

Thank you in advance

Studying for the LSAT / I'm stuck in the mid-150
« on: May 20, 2007, 04:06:08 PM »
I took my fifth prep test yesterday, and the score was still in the mid-150 range. It was 156. So it went like 153-155-167(untimed)-160(retake)-156
I finished LR bible and LG bible (read them only once), but the LR score is still below 20 and for LG I never got better than 17. If I take LG untimed, then I rarely miss a question, but when I take it timed I have a hard time finishing the section.
  English is not my native language, so I expected I would gain some advantage on the games section, but it's not happening.(On the last test, I got 12/24 on LG.) So my question is, how long did it take for you to break the 160 ceiling? We got only about 20days before the June test. Should I take the September test? or go ahead with the June one? I guess I'll be hopefully getting 158 or 159 on the June test. What would you guys recommend to someone like me? (Read LGB, LRB, finished a general prep book, took 5 prep tests, and still stuck in the mid 150s)

Minority Topics / Any advantage to foreign students?
« on: March 14, 2007, 06:26:57 PM »
 I found this line from the book, "How to get into top law schools."
"The average scores of minority admittees to law schools tend to be below the overall averages. As a rough rule of thumb, blacks average 7-10 points below, Hispanics 2-4 points below."

 I guess this is due to the affirmative actions in the process. Do you think the same goes for foreign applicants?

Studying for the LSAT / No scratch paper in the test?
« on: February 12, 2007, 09:55:00 PM »
I wonder how we can do the analytical reasoning without a scratch paper in the test. I read on that no scratch paper is allowed and we can only use the test itself. Does anybody know if the test has enough blank space? I usually use 2 blank papers to do the analytical reasoning section.

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