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I'm just curious.  How representative are we of the kids you'll meet on test day?  Does the average test-taker review necessary/sufficient conditions in their sleep, or do they just hope for the best after Kaplan told them that their wrong answers are "out-of-scope"?


Although I've had a few times that I thought I solved the LR section with 100% accuracy, I usually tend to miss 2 or 3.

When I review my mistakes, they make sense.  Usually they're careless, like forgetting to negate all the answers in an assumption question, or picking a "flaw-in-the-argument" because it superficially resembles the prompt, not the flaw.

This tendency is obviously stressful for test day.  How would you eliminate it?

Citing a source for this logical factoid would be helpful.  I'm always bemused by how far I should go on must-be-true questions and RC passages.


This difference is germane for a hard LRB question, which I'll paraphrase:

Nutritionist:  Because humans haven't evolved since the advent of agriculture, it is clear that humans are still biologically content with a diet of wild foods, consisting of raw fruits and meat, and seafood.  Straying from this diet has often resulted in nasty illness and other physical maladies.  Thus, the more our diet consists of wild foods, the healthier we'll be.

The claim that humans are still biologically content with a diet of wild foods plays which one of the following roles in the nutritionst's argument?

B) It's a premise for which no justification is provided, but which is used to support the argument's main conclusion.

D) It's a sub-conclusion for which one claim is offered as support, and which is used in turn to support the main conclusion.

I thought it was "B" for sure, although the answer is the latter.

How can you tell?!

I know that "either/or" means one or the other or both, but I'm absolutely befuddled by PrepTest 24, Section II, Question 11.

Although I wrote it out several times, I still don't understand why "E" is the correct answer.   ???

Studying for the LSAT / PrepTest 23, Section II, Question 10
« on: August 31, 2007, 08:27:46 AM »
I'll paraphrase it for the forum lummox:

Bridges 1950-1960 -> need serious rehabilitation

Bridges 1950-1960 -> (Some) bad engineering design

need serious rehabilitation -> (some) not suspension bridges

Why isn't the answer "A"?  Couldn't you reverse the last statement and make it "A"?

I can't see why "C" is an improvement over it.

Studying for the LSAT / Must . . . Keep . . . Studying
« on: August 30, 2007, 05:38:08 PM »

I don't know about my forum cohorts, but test ennui is starting to get the best of me.  I'm scoring above 167 on a consistent basis, but it's becoming tough to pick up the PrepTest book.

Although it's only one more month, I don't know how much mettle I'm willing to muster.  Any tips?

Studying for the LSAT / It's the Final Countdown!
« on: August 29, 2007, 07:23:59 PM »

There's exactly one month until the Sept. 29 LSAT, and I took the Feb. 1996 PrepTest today, scoring a "167."

But where are you in your studies?  I want to hear your resolution.

What will students that have taken it recommend doing in the last month?

Do you have a month-long plan?

Have you visited your test center?

Any last requests, last book orders, or PrepTests on the way?

As for me, I want to be consistently scoring above 170 by Sept. 20.  I usually score between 167-172 - with a median of 170 - and I hope to score 170 or above on the real exam.  More parallel reasoning, flawed-reasoning, formal logic, and assumption questions, as well as more games and RC sections, are on my agenda.  I want to put everything together.

I'll paraphrase the question for those that don't want to open a new browser and find "LSAC":

If the price for coffee beans increases, the Coffee Shoppe will have to increase its prices.  If so, either the Coffee Shoppe will start selling noncoffee items or its coffee sales will decrease.  But selling noncoffee items will decrease the shop's overall profits.  Furthermore, the shop can avoid a decrease in profits only if its coffee sales don't decrease.

I wrote:

Increased bean prices -> increased shop prices ->

                                                   noncoffee items (or, meaning maybe both) decreased coffee sales

Noncoffee items -> decreased profits avoided -> decreased coffee sales

Ouch.  Give me some sugar.  And why is "C" the correct answer?

If increased bean prices -> decreased profits

Wouldn't you be able to avoid that snag somewhere?

I'll paraphrase it for all you couch-bound web surfers:

Most people modify their wills every once in a while, in response to changes in their circumstances.  This practice can be problematic for executors when people don't date their wills, meaning that the executor doesn't know which will is most recent or whether another exists.  Thus, people should not only date their wills but also write in the new will which will it modifies; that would mean there would not be a problem to begin with.

The reasoning is flawed because:

A)  Treats a partial solution as though it were complete.
C)  Proposes a solution to the problem that doesn't solve the problem but makes someone else responsible for it.

I thought the answer was "C" because the new will still wouldn't say if it was the most recent (only note, ex post facto, what wills it overrules), and couldn't say it was the most recent (perhaps the will's writer dates it two days before his death, but he wrote another one day before his death).  This would be messy for an executor.

On the other hand, "A" seems suspect because the prompt doesn't state that the problem is completely eliminated.

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