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Studying for the LSAT / Re: resolving the dispute
« on: October 16, 2007, 08:04:51 PM »
truthfully, still confused... the more and more i look at D and E, the harder it is to remember what the hell i'm looking for and what they're each supposed to match/not match in the stimulus. my mind is mush.

You need to break the argument down:

Premise I: Prehistoric birds were cold-blooded
Premise II:  They were cold-blooded because they had growth rings.  Growth rings <-> Cold-Blooded

Premise I: Prehistoric birds had dense blood vessels.
Premise II:  Dense -> Active, Active -> Warm-Blooded

Does that help?  There's a lot of unnecessary fluff in the original prompt, I agree.  You shouldn't have to read convoluted language like "unlike modern birds."  We couldn't care less about modern birds or previous studies.

"E," again, weakens the first study.  The conditional can't be as air-tight as they pitch it.  Growth rings can also indicate warm-blooded.

perfect, thanks for trimming off the crap, makes much more sense now!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Having trouble with parallel and flaw
« on: October 16, 2007, 07:50:14 PM »
I have the bible but for some reason I still can't get the jist of those two types of questions.  The majority of the time at least three of the answer look good to me, I know this means I am missing something but I just can't figure out what it is.

are you talking about parallel and flawed parallel method of reasoning questions or parallel and identify the flaw in teh method questions?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: resolving the dispute
« on: October 16, 2007, 07:47:16 PM »
truthfully, still confused... the more and more i look at D and E, the harder it is to remember what the hell i'm looking for and what they're each supposed to match/not match in the stimulus. my mind is mush.

Studying for the LSAT / resolving the dispute
« on: October 16, 2007, 12:42:04 PM »
A recent study concludes that prehistoric birds, unlike modern birds, were cold-blooded.  This challenges a widely held view that modern birds descended from warm-blooded birds. The conclusion is based on the existence of growth rings in prehistoric birds' bodily structures, which are thought to be found only in cold blooded animals.  Another study, however, disputes this view. It concludes taht prehistoric birds had dense blood vessels in their bones, which suggests that tehy were active creatures and therefore had to be warm-blooded.

Question stem: which one of the following, if true, would most help to resolve the dispute described above in favor of one party to it?

I couldn't decide between the two following answers, the second of which is the CORRECT answer:
D) Dense blood vessels are not found in all warm-blooded species
E) In some cold blooded species the gene that is responsible for growth rings is also responsible for dense blood vessels

If you know it, please explain why E is the correct answer, and why D doesn't help resolve the dispute by providing evidence AGAINST the study (in the last sentence) that `concluded the prehistoric birds had to be warm blooded. 

Thanks in advance.

Ah. Well, if you apply by the school's deadline you should be fine. I know there is a risk that those who have applied early get first dibs, but the schools won't have filled every single seat before their stated deadline.
You'll receive your score three weeks-ish after the test, so you'll know how you did before the new year rolls around, leaving plenty of time to apply before most schools' February deadlines.

I say apply for 2008!

what about for T14 schools?  i probably have to aim higher on the december LSAT (175+?) than i would if i were taking the september LSAT (170+?) in order to compensate for missed time right?

i haven't even started looking at the apps... but i have a friend who is willing to help me out with making sure at least ONE of my applications is perfecto- so i obviously want to take advantage of her help and choose the most demanding/thorough application?  anyone know off hand which T14 requires the most essays/attachments/etc. ???

Studying for the LSAT / Best LSAT Websites? (other than LSD of course)
« on: October 13, 2007, 07:50:04 PM »
anyone have any good links to LSAT tips/practice material/anything they'd like to share??

Studying for the LSAT / teach me how to think like robin singh!!!
« on: October 12, 2007, 09:03:37 PM »
everyone always talks about how you have to detach yourself from the world as we know it and instead enter the "LSAT World of Logic" when we take this test.  other than the obvious preparation of learning formal logic/flawed methods of reasoning etc. BEFORE taking the test, any tips on how to totally conquer this mindset actively and successfully WHILE taking the test? for instance, should i approach the stimuli with less focus on the content of what they're saying and try to break it down structurally instead in terms of premise-subsidiary-conclusion? 

what i would do for robin's brain...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ? about cancelling LSAT score BEFORE the test
« on: October 09, 2007, 06:05:19 PM »
Just wondering if anyone could answer this for me...

I originally signed up to take the June 2006 LSAT without doing my homework and quickly realized that I would not be ready for the exam. I submitted my paperwork a week or two before the test (early enough for the partial refund) to tell LSAC I would not be taking it. Since I was studying abroad that fall, I wasn't able to prepare adequately until this year--just took the September 2007 LSAT. Anyway, my question is this: will my June '06 snafu appear as a cancellation on my LSAC report to law schools? It does show up as "No score available" or something like that in my account, but I was just wondering if it would appear any different than for someone who took the exam and decided to cancel afterward.
Hope that makes sense. Thanks for your help!

don't worry about it, nothing is going to show up as long as they received it that week.  you're fine!

my neck is seriously KILLING me from doing these practice tests day in and day out... this test is literally a hazard to my health!  i might be the kid you see wearing a neck brace at the exam...

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