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Studying for the LSAT / Must be true...
« on: September 05, 2007, 08:55:55 PM »
 Chlorofluorocarbons are the best possible solvents to have in car engines for cleaning the electronic sensors in modern automobile ignition systems. These solvents have contributed significantly to automakers' ability to meet legally mandated emission standards. Now automakers will have to phase out the use of chloroflurocarbons at the same time the emission standards are becoming more stringent.

In under the circumstances described above cars continue to meet emission standards, which one of the following is the most strongly supported inference?

D) The solvents developed to replace chloroflurocarbons in car engines will be only marginally less effective than the chloroflurocarbons themselves.

E) Something other than the cleansers for electronic ignition sensors will make a relatively greater contribution to meeting emission standards than at present.

Why is E correct? There is no guarantee that 'something other than the cleansers will play a larger role' if we assume that another type (other than chloroflurocarbons) of cleanser would replace this. I though both D and E are not enough to be proven by what was said in the stimulus. Help!  :(

Studying for the LSAT / Must be True Q's....
« on: September 05, 2007, 12:04:19 AM »
 Why am I having so much trouble with this question type? Isnt this supposed to be the easiest one?  :( Other questions dont bother me so much (I get about 85~90 percent of them correct) but whenever I confront Inference questions, I always tend to get more than half of them wrong. Some are due to silly mistakes (those exaggerating words..arg) but I am thinking maybe I am doing something seriously wrong. I am willing to change the way I approach these questions so any advice would be helpful. Can you LR masters help me out with this one? Thanks in advance.  :)

Studying for the LSAT / Recommendations
« on: August 17, 2007, 05:18:45 PM »
 For those of you who took the LSAT after you graduated from college, how did you manage to get the recommendations?
If I take a year of just to study for this exam, will schools still require recommendations from college professors? Also, are recommendations really important? I decided to postpone the LSAT because I was unable to take the TM course this summer and this is giving me numerous problems.  :(

Studying for the LSAT / Seeing the pattern
« on: August 03, 2007, 12:19:31 PM »
How did you people discover the 'underlying patterns' for each question type? I have read the Bibles and did understand the concepts, but I guess I am not really applying them to each question. For example, after reading how to attack the weaken questions, did you go through preptests by solving only the weaken questions or the entire thing? I find myself difficult to 'get used to' the concepts just by doing preptests that are composed of many different types of questions. Would it be a good idea to just solve numerous single type of questions and then move on to the next type? I heard many courses such as TM and PS let their students train by giving them a certain type of questions for each week. Can someone please provide detailed explanation as how to 'get used to' the concepts?  :(

Studying for the LSAT / Just a question
« on: July 26, 2007, 11:19:37 PM »
Why are there so many negative comments about lawyers and gonig to law school? I am just curious because I can hardly find anyone who says medicine or being a doctor is that bad. I mean, med students study longer than law students and possibly get more debt once they graduate. It also makes me confused because I dont think medicine is any easier than law and they also get similar stress during their residency years. Is law school more difficult than med school? If not, then why are there so many negative conversations about how the first year of law school is going to kick your behind. I also did not personally meet any attorneys who are poor. Many of them seemed to be pretty wealthy. So are there really that many poor lawyers? Just cruious and wanna listen to your thoughts. Thanks!  ;)

Studying for the LSAT / Confusing....
« on: July 16, 2007, 04:48:26 AM »
Question #3 on the second section- October 1993 PT

The answer choice B says - "Balanced reporting requires impartially revealing injustices where they occur no less than fairly presenting the views of each party in a conflict". I am kind of confused by this one. I still got the question correct, but the language here is confusing! Can someone explain this maybe by translating it into simpler, more understandable sentence? Thanks in advance!  :)

Studying for the LSAT / General reading skills for LSAT
« on: July 14, 2007, 05:49:38 AM »
I am stuck at 150's forever!! I am very comfortable with logics and the concepts I learned through the Bibles. The other day, I began to think that maybe my reading and comprehension skills are not there yet. I often cannot understand some of the difficultly worded passages and stimulus. This causes me to reread the contents over and over again and significantly wastes my time and consequently makes me lose my focus. I decided that having a solid reading comprehension skills is crucial for me to score higher on this test. Do you think reading lots of books with difficultly worded passages and abstract ideas (such as philosophical textbooks and essays) can help me obtain the necessary reading skills to score high on the LSAT? If anyone could give me some constructive advice on this, I would be really thankful.  ;)   

Studying for the LSAT / Accuracy
« on: July 02, 2007, 09:25:59 PM »
After studying like an animal for a month and half, I continued to score in low 150's.  :-\ I realized I am still making a lot of reasoning mistakes I made before and sometimes even more when I tried to make the time limit. I decided to take it slow again and do questions one by one. I think this actually helps me way more since I am actually focusing on solving them correctly (and understanding why answers are correct/incorrect) rather than hurrying through them. How many preptest questions did you guys take to achieve the perfect reasoning skills (the first time you got 175+ untimed). Obviously, I was way too hasty in timing myself since I barely had good understanding for a lot of question types and the methods to solve them.

Studying for the LSAT / LR-Forgetting to find the Conclusions!
« on: July 01, 2007, 10:23:33 AM »
 Everybody knows that finding a conclusion is a MUST for getting correct answers in LR sections (I also do, of course). While I am very well aware of the importance of this 'understanding the strcture of the argument' process, I tend to miss conclusions. Maybe this should be a natural process and I actually do find conclusions without much thinking for some problems. My problem is that when the stimulus gets longer and has numerous details, I tend to get so confused that I end up not understanding (or only having vague understanding) of the structure of the argument. I also noticed that it is sometimes my vocab problems, as I do not understand few words (those SAT words appear in LSAT from time to time!). I am not saying my English is horrible, as I can read and understand 90% of the materials. I am just very frustrated when a word I dont know clearly appears in stimulus or one of the answer choices and confuse me. Did this happen to you guys? Or maybe I should study SAT vocab list again! lol  ;D 

Studying for the LSAT / Off-days
« on: June 28, 2007, 10:22:40 AM »
I took a practice exam today and scored a horrible 10/25 for LR and got only half right on LG sections. After checking how I did on these two sections, I decided to discontinue taking the test because I was seriously discouraged. I really dont understand what was happening while I was taking the test. I felt like I got lost and the stimulus seemed so much more dense and difficult for some reason. The time was passing by so fast and I just felt overwhelmed. I have scored as high as 18~19 on LR and over 20 on LG (I know this isnt very impressive, but as I said before I am only 150'er) Does this usually happen to you people who score really high? Say, can someone who is capable of scoring 165 or higher suddenly score in the 140's? I am just feeling discouraged since I do not feel like I am improving much, if not going backwards. Maybe its just my off-day, but I sometimes wish LSAT was more of a memorization test like MCAT so that you would never get lower score than what you had if you consistently studied.  :-[

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