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Studying for the LSAT / a GMAT LR problem - try it out!
« on: April 17, 2009, 02:57:21 AM »
Hi, everyone. Maybe, some ppl might remember me, maybe not. Now, I'm working as a GMAT instructor in Seoul. (The GMAT's way easier than the LSAT. :) )

I'm stuck with this Weaken question from a reconstructed PT sets (meaning it's from an unofficial material). It's from a GMAT PT, but it's got the same structure as a LSAT LR problem. They say the correct answer is (B), but I think it's (C). I posted this on a GMAT community website, but I think they are not as smart as ppl on this board. :)

Please help me with this question. Thanks in advance!

In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

Q. Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have
been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.
B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00
per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.
C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must
reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level
of trainees.
D. The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in
those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.
E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.

Law School Applications / A short addendum on multiple LSAT scores
« on: January 18, 2009, 04:00:46 AM »

Personal Statement / Re: Where can I find some example PS and DS?
« on: December 13, 2008, 07:35:26 AM »
Thanks a lot!

Personal Statement / Where can I find some example PS and DS?
« on: December 13, 2008, 07:13:51 AM »
I've been working on PS and DS now for a few weeks, but I guess I need to get some fresh, new perspectives. Does anybody know where I can get some example statements?

Studying for the LSAT / PT#21 Sec.2(LR) Q.19
« on: November 27, 2008, 10:24:17 PM »
here's a paraphrase.

- An analysis has revealed the existence of frozen nitrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide on the surface of Pluto.
- Such ices vaporize, thus producing an atmosphere.
- The proportion of any gas in such an atmosphere depends directly on how readily the ice vaporizes.
- Therefore, astronomers have concluded that Pluto's atmosphere consists of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane, in order of decreasing abundance.

The astronomers' argument relies on which one of the following assumptions?

(C) There is no frozen substance on the surface of Pluto that vaporizes more readily than methane but less readily than carbon monoxide.

(C) is the correct answer. But, suppose there's such a substance, but in so small a quantity that it takes up very, very small percentage in the atmosphere. That is, the substance is in a frozen state, and vaporizes more readily than methane, less readily than carbon monoxide, but exists in such a small quantity. Then, it would make only a very small proportion in Pluto's atmosphere. (For example, nitrogen makes 70%, carbon monoxide 20%, and methane 9%, and the mysterious substance 1%. Still, the mysterious substance could vaporize faster than methane, but from a smaller amount of ice.)

This is why I thought (C) doesn't have to be assumed. Is there anything wrong in my thinking?

Studying for the LSAT / PT#21 Sec.2(LR) Q.17
« on: November 27, 2008, 10:11:26 PM »
Here's a paraphrase.

- Though the Amazonian Akabe people greatly enjoy a tea made from the leaves of a forest plant, they drink it only in small amounts at dawn.
- Anthropologists hypothesize that since the tea is very high in caffeine, the explanation for the Akabe's not drinking more of it at dawn is because the caffeine intake would destroy the surefootedness that their daily tasks require.

Q. Which one of the following, if true, most seriously calls the anthropologists' explanation into question?

(C) The leaves used for the tea contain a soluble narcotic.

(C) is the correct answer, but I don't see exactly how it weakens the explanation.

Studying for the LSAT / PT#21 Sec.3(LR) Q.19
« on: November 27, 2008, 09:55:15 PM »
Here's how I understood the stimulus, but it's not necessarily a correct paraphrase.

-In the first decade following the foundation of the Labour party, the number of regular voters for the party increased fivefold.
-During the party's second decade, the number of committed voters for the party increased a further fivefold.
-The increase was the same in the first decade as in the second. Therefore, the Labour party's claim that they gained more voters in the second decade is clearly false.

So.. I guess it's actually true that the Labour party's claim is false, because the no. of voters first increased five times, then further increased five times in the second decade, so the absolute number of increase is greater during the second decade. (For example, it went to 5 million from 1 million during the first decade, then 25 million from 5 million during the second decade.)

But, the question stem says the argument is flawed. I don't see why it's flawed. Second, I don't understand the wording of the correct answer, (B). Can somebody explain on these points?

Studying for the LSAT / PT#21 Sec.3(LR) Q.15
« on: November 27, 2008, 09:40:46 PM »
Here's a paraphrase

-The mandatory jail sentences for some crimes that became law recently, have enhanced the integrity of the justice system.
-It's because now there's no longer two kinds of justice, the kind by lenient judges and the kind by severe judges.

Public advocate:
-But, now judges have no option even if they need to be appropriately lenient.
-Juries now acquit some defendants solely because they feel mandatory sentence would be too harsh.
-Therefore, the mandatory jail sentences should be repealed.

Q. Which one of the following principles, if valid, provides the politician with the strongest basis for countering the public advocate's argument?

(B) A system of justice should clearly define what the specific actions are that judges are to perform within the system.
(E) Changes in a system of justice that produce undesirable consequences should be reversed only if it is not feasible to ameliorate those undesirable consequences through further modification.

I put (B). The correct answer is (E). I didn't put (E) because the stimulus didn't mention at all about the possibility of the "further modification", thus I thought there's no sufficient evidence that further modification on mandatory sentences is possible. I think (B) kinda hits the spot, but it's not the correct answer. Can someone please explain what conclusively makes (E) an correct answer, but not (B)?

Personal Statement / My PS.
« on: November 27, 2008, 09:47:55 AM »
I need a critical read of the first draft of my PS. We can swap PS, I would return the favor. Please PM me.

Personal Statement / Re: Another Night, Another PS (Help Appreciated)
« on: November 24, 2008, 09:17:26 PM »
Plus, I think it would be better if you reword the part where you mentioned that it's MORE fruitful to have discussion with someone who's got a lot in common but have a little different perspective, like Australia and America. I think you're unintentionally emphasizing the similarity of only some parts of the world. You might have A LOT more in common with some other parts of the world than you think, once you overcome the language barrier. I guess if there's anyone from a non-English speaking part of the world in the ad-comm, he/she wouldn't really love that part.

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