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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Ugh inconsistency....
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:50:42 PM »
I just took a test(June 1997) and ended up with a 155 after improving with 159 and 162 on my last two. Quite frustrating, I got slaughtered on the LR with 28/51. There's still 5 weeks until the test so hopefully I can get this all figured out...

LSAT is a real b**tch ain't it?
They tease you in to thinking you've improved, to only crush you on the next one.  It happens to everybody and hopefully all of us can gain soem consistency in 4weeks.(yes we only have 4weeks left!!!)
I'm planning to write one preptest on monday and if I don't score around 156-160 I'm seriously going to write a suicide note.
I think the best thing is to always do the preptest early in the morning, like the time you would normally write the actual preptest.  Only then do you really know if you're improving or not.  A lot of it has to do with fatigue and conditioning anyways.  Good luck.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: TM HW LESSON #10 FLAW QUESTION
« on: August 25, 2005, 06:38:54 PM »
B is wrong because the politician is for the new more restrictive definition and against the less restrictive definition, why would he defend the less restrictive one?

then why is A right?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2004 LR question #25
« on: August 25, 2005, 02:11:07 PM »
Both Alex and wealth have a property ("loves golf" and "is often harmful to people") that exclude it from being in another group ("no one in the chess club loves golf" and "good things NEVER cause harm").

With B, even though most daschunds hunt poorly not all of them do. Sarah's dog could be in that minority.

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Yes. The right answer is B. Did anyone say the right answer was A?

Yeah, I get that part, but still, doesn't "often" equivocate to "most" when you're trying to diagram it out?


yeah people all said it was A. and the right answer is A.  I checked it already. Weird huh?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2004 LR question #25
« on: August 25, 2005, 02:03:57 PM »
Both Alex and wealth have a property ("loves golf" and "is often harmful to people") that exclude it from being in another group ("no one in the chess club loves golf" and "good things NEVER cause harm").

With B, even though most daschunds hunt poorly not all of them do. Sarah's dog could be in that minority.

Yeah, I get that part, but still, doesn't "often" equivocate to "most" when you're trying to diagram it out?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2004 LR question #25
« on: August 25, 2005, 02:01:40 PM »
the last poster is exactly right. you have to examine the question stem more carefully. OFTEN and MOST are similar in effect.

Huh? but B was the wrong answer....so I couldn't have been right..

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2004 LR question #25
« on: August 25, 2005, 12:37:41 PM »
Wealth is not a good thing, for good things cause no harm at all, yet wealth is often harmful to people.

Which one of the following arguments is most similar in its parttern of reasoning to the argument above?

a.) Alex loves to golf, and no one in the chess club loves to golf.  It follows that alex is not in the chess club.:

b.) Sarah's dog is not a dachshunds, for he hunts very well, and most dachshunds hunt poorly.


Why is the right answer right?  and wrong answer wrong??



 P1) Good thing---~Harm
 P2) Wealth--------Harm:(contra:~Harm--~Wealth)

 Con: Good thing--~wealth
      contra: Wealth---~Good thing

a.) Alex loves to golf, and no one in the chess club loves to golf.  It follows that alex is not in the chess club.:
=P1) Alex--Golf:
 P2) Golf--~Chess
Con:Alex--~Chess

b.) Sarah's dog is not a dachshunds, for he hunts very well, and most dachshunds hunt poorly.
=Sa dog--~Dash
 most Dash-poorly/but some Dash could--very well/some---poorly
 Sara Dog---very well
Here "most" could mean "all or some."


This is a real late response, but I picked B because the premise said "wealth is OFTEN harm to people."  Often means most of the times isn't it?? OFTEN to me doens't equal ALWAYS.  So that's why i never equated it as W-->H  But rather W--most-->H

Is this a wrong way of thinking?

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Studying for the LSAT / TM LESSON #10 FLAW QUESTION (Modified)
« on: August 25, 2005, 12:29:23 PM »
A certain airport security scanner designed to detect explosives in luggage will alert the scanner's operator whenever the piece of luggage passing under the scanner contains an explosive.  teh scanner will erroneously alert the operator for only one percent of the pieces of luggage that contains no explosives.  Thus in ninety nine out of hundred alerts explosives will actually be present.

the resaoning in the argument is flawed because the argument


a.) ignores the possibility of the scanner's failing to signal an alert when the luggage does contain an explosive.

b.) substitutes one group for a different group in the statement of percentage.


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Studying for the LSAT / TM LESSON 10 FLAW QUESTION #2
« on: August 25, 2005, 12:27:31 PM »
The proposal to extend clinical trials, which are routinely used as systematic tests of pharmaceutical innovations, to new surgical procedures shouod not be implemented.  The point is that surgical procedures differ in one important respect from medicinal drugs: a correctly prescribed drugs depends for its effectiveness only on the drug's composition, whereas the effectiveness of even the most appropriate surgical procedure is transparently related to the skills of the surgeon who uses it.

the resaoning in the argument is flawed because the argument

a.) does not consider that new surgical procedures might be found to be intrinsically more harmful than the best treatment previously available.

b.) ignores the possibility that the challenged proposal is deliberately crude in a way designed to elicit criticism to be used in refinding the proposal.

c.) assumnes that a surgoen's skills remain unchanged throughout the surgeon's professional life.

d.) describes a dissimiliarity without citina nay scientific evidence for the existecne of that dissimiliarity.

e.) rejects a proposal presumably advanced in good faith without acknowledgiing any such good faith.


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Studying for the LSAT / TM HW LESSON #10 FLAW QUESTION
« on: August 25, 2005, 12:23:50 PM »
Politician: critics of the wetlands-protection bill are delaying passage of this important legislation merely on the grounds that they disagree with its new more restrictive defintion of the term "wetlands.but this bill will place stricter limits on the development of wetlands than the existing regulations do.  Therefore, in quibbling over semantics, critics of this bill show that they care little about what really happens to our wetlands.

The politician's reply to the opponents of wetlands-protection bill is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticism?


A.)It does not adequatley recognize the poosibilyt that the defintion of the word "wet lands" determines the impact of the legislation.

B.) It fails to provide a defnese for a less restrictive definition of wet lands.


Which one is right? and why is the wrong one wrong??
Thanks in advance. :)

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Studying for the LSAT / 5 weeks left. Any word of advice/motivation?
« on: August 21, 2005, 11:16:40 PM »
I've been studying for the LSAT for god knows how long.  I'm still pretty unstable when I do the exam under timed condition, and I'm not exactly sure why and what the remedies are.  I guess I get bogged down on the questions when I do them, and that causes me to miss the right answers.  When I look them over later, the right answers can't be anymore obvious.  I'm still inconsistent with my RC, getting around anywhere from 16-20 right, and I only finish 3/4 LG even though I get 100% right on the 3 that I do tackle. (For some reason though, I always get 0% on my guesses on the fourth one!!! what's the deal??!!)

I took the 2nd diagnostic with testmasters two weeks ago, and did horrible since I misbubbled 7 and totally misread the easist sequential game ever.  I didn't feel too discouraged because as I've stated before I only had 30min of sleep and ended up scoring 162 on another diagnostic few days later when I did it on my own under strict time condition.

Yet, I'm still unsure how I'll do on the real thing.  Would I end up with 154?  Or would I suck up and score 160 or even 162??   I'm feeling more unsure by the day, and for past two days I've decided to not look at LSAT material at all and relax.

Anyone have any motivational pep talk you'd like to share with me?  Any word of advice?


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