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Wow you are actually trying to argue this, *ahem*, point.  Interesting.  Anyone care to now argue as to whether or not smurfs are "realistic?"

Do you know of any case where someone has jumped 35 points to hit 179 or 180 on the real thing?  Tell me you do, and I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and concede to you.  This isn't an argument I care enough about to defend any further.

This test is so hard to let go!  My family has no idea I've even considered re-taking.  I think they might kill me if they have to listen to it for another 2 months.

Truer words were never spoken.  After all the times I turned my back on my family and friends in the months leading to the test, I wouldn't want to be friends with me either!  And the worst part is, I actually kinda miss the test!  Part of me knows I never want to take that blood-sucker again, the other part knows it was the story of my life this summer.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Improving on RC
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:48:58 PM »
Hey thanks for the explanation. It is really helpful. I always tend to read a little too fast, and did not train myself enough to focus on the structure I guess. What you said about the detail/line questions really do make sense. I will try reading for the sctructure more. Do you think reading for structure is also the way to solve extension/ parellel questions? I also have trouble with these.

Absolutely.  In fact, for extension questions Iíd even say knowing the passage structure is crucial.  How else could you know how the passage should end?  By just reading the final line, any of the five answer choices could sound like a semi-plausible add-on to that.  The right answer may relate to the final paragraph, but in other cases it often relates to the first paragraph (and I guess itís possible to relate to the middle paragraphs, but that isnít too common).

As for parallel questions, I think theyíll be more frequent thanks to the new comparative reading section.  Itís just too easy for them to ask how a certain line in passage A is analogous to a certain line in passage B.  So yeah knowing the passage structure would help here too.  For other parallel questions, I guess knowing the structure is a bit less essential, but it still couldnít hurt.  :D

Here's some great motivation for anyone who thinks a 36 point jump is impossible.  ;D

It isn't?!

Well, yes and no.  A jump from 121 to 157?  Sure.  From 143 to 179 like Elle?  No way.  No one who eventually scores near perfect would ever score -65.  It's mathematically possible, but it's not realistic.  But if a 179 or 180 scorer here on LSD is willing to admit they once scored that low, I'm all ears (and eyes).

Here's some great motivation for anyone who thinks a 36 point jump is impossible.  ;D

Studying for the LSAT / Re: RC Sept 2007 Q3
« on: October 23, 2007, 11:00:16 AM »
(E) is irrelevant because it doesn't mention the influence of West African tales, which is ultimately needed to strengthen the claim that binary oppositions in West African tales come from African oral storytelling rather than Marxist ideology.

That aside, (E) as an answer choice in itself is flawed because nowhere does it imply that ALL filmmakers exposed to Marxism use binary oppositions.  Just because some filmmakers exposed to Marxism do not use binary oppositions does not mean others cannot.  Perhaps some filmmakers are just stubborn and refuse to incoporate any outside ideas into their films.

Here's an analogy for lines 54-58:  John is a conservative Yale law student from a rich New England background.  Many conservatives come from rich New England backgrounds.  It seems as if his conservative thinking is the result of his rich New England background, and not the fact that he goes to Yale.

What (E) is saying is some students who go to Yale do not subscribe to conservative thought.  That wouldn't strengthen the analogy.  What if such students come from a liberal, working-class backgound?  What is needed is a correlation between John's conservative thinking and his rich New England background, not the fact that he goes to Yale.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Improving on RC
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:40:14 AM »
Wow. Hang in there SoCal.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: BOMBED...GOTTA RETAKE.... WHAT DO I DO?
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:30:17 AM »
Since you're scoring at 162, I would say don't take a class.  I had a friend who scored 172 and he tried to help me out, but he couldn't convey his way of thinking.  He kept saying "I can't explain it, I just know how to do it!"  So high scorers aren't necessarily always the best teachers.  The fact is that the Powerscore books are already so comprehensive enough that they cover everything you possibly need to know.  Occasionally, you may get stuck on a question, which in that case you might want to ask for help, but I don't think it's worth shelling out $1000 for.

Also, I'm not sure what your strengths are, but if you're already perfect in LG, don't fix it if it ain't broke.  Logic games were always my forte, so I never bothered with the LG bible.  Everyone has their own way of devising strategies, and I didn't want any outside interference that could change my way of thinking, even if that intereference was Powerscore.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Improving on RC
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:10:00 AM »
I normally miss about 5 questions in the RC section, so I'm not exactly perfect, but when I started out I was getting as much as 12 wrong.  So in the time I've been studying I must have been doing something right.

My advice would be to read the passage carefully before doing anything else.  Don't even skim the questions before hand, because if you do you'll subconsciously be on the lookout for certain words, and you'll miss the organizational layout, and that's the last thing you want to do.  What you want to do instead is read the entire passage as carefully as you can, and quickly too.  By the time you get to the detail questions, things should already be clicking in your mind.  Say for example the detail question asks what the word "obscure" in "line 27" is intended to do.  By this time, you should already know the organization of the passage and how each paragraph relates to each other.  So all you have to do is go back to line 27 and see how it relates to the paragraph.  And then you will know how it relates to the passage.  The problem with just going to line 27 without knowing the organization of the passage is that you may think you know how it relates to the few lines surrounding it, which just isn't good enough, because the direction of the argument too often changes.  Although the detail question specifically asks about line 27, you may have to read lines 50-55, for example, to get the correct answer.

You mentioned you're pressed for time, but reading the entire passage first (and carefully) is the best time-saver in the long run.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: For People Who Missed Less than 5 on Sept LG
« on: October 22, 2007, 10:02:47 PM »
-0 on LG here.

It's important to have confidence in your answers.  I finished the first two games by the 15-minute mark, leaving me plenty of time for the remaining 2 games and I knew that.  Although in practice tests I never double check answers, I was tempted to do so on the real day just to make sure.  Somehow my brain knew the real test was different from practice tests.  But I didn't double check, as I had faith I had read and applied the rules correctly.  It turns out I needed literally every remaining second to finish the last two games, as they were much more time-consuming.  Sometimes you just have to try out different possibilities, as you cannot always rely on deductions for every question.  I must have finished the section with about 2-3 seconds remaining, which shocked me because I almost always finish with a few minutes to spare.  The lesson I took from this is that timing is unpredictable and you may be unlucky with time-consuming games, so have confidence in your abilities and do not spend a second more than you have to on any question.  Remember, halfway through the games I was on pace to finish by the 30-minute mark, but that didn't happen.

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