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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Assumption Questions
« on: August 09, 2004, 04:47:22 PM »
the denial test can only be used for assumptions involving neccessary conditions.  all you do is negate the answer choice that you think is correct and insert it into the passage, if it makes the arguement completely fall apart then it is the correct answer.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Strategies Thread
« on: August 09, 2004, 04:36:02 PM »
i do very well on the RC section, maybe missing 2 per section at worst.  most of the time i dont get any wrong.

my strategy is to read the passage once very carefully while making sure i understand everything i read.  if its not completely clear to me, i dont hesitate to go back and re-read a paragraph once or twice before progressing further into the passage.  its actually pretty common for me to read the first paragraph 2 times before moving on.  i think the worst thing you can do is to just ignore the fact that you didnt grasp the meaning of a certain part and just move on.

as i read i think of what i read in my own words, and after finishing the passage i take a few seconds to summarize the passage in my head.  i never write anything or make notes on the passage, i think its a waste of time and you can get too caught up in worrying over what is and what isnt important to underline/circle/highlight/etc.

then i go through the questions and usually have no trouble at all answering them without having to look back at the passage since i have a good understanding of it.  on specific line reference questions i go back and read from a few lines above to a few lines below the reference and then answer the question.

it takes me on average about 6-7 minutes to complete 1 passage.  i think the majority of this time is spent reading since i usually breeze right through the questions taking about 15-30seconds each except for the occasional wordy one.

one specific strategy i would try if the passage is particularly hard is to do the specific questions first and leave the main point/author would agree with/etc. questions for last.

i think this section is pretty much the hardest to learn and has the least universal strategies, so if you are having trouble i think the only way to improve is to practice a lot and try different strategies.  maybe reading the questions first will help you, or maybe underlining will work, you never know until you try them.

foxnewssucks said it perfectly.  never read the stem first.

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