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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Prep 53: 4- 21, 25
« on: June 14, 2008, 04:12:25 PM »
21. You're trying to weaken an argument. There are many ways to do this, one of which is to prove that the same premise can lead to the opposite conclusion.

For this argument, the premise is that there are great differences and thus the author must not be the same poet.

C weakens this because it has a similar premise: great differences, but an opposite conclusion; they are authored by the same person.

D completely shifts the scope of the argument.

25. What is the question stem?

fyi these are not questions from pt 53 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: hard test, harsh scale
« on: June 08, 2008, 12:59:41 PM »
June 2007 has the hardest scale of any test in the history of the LSAT.

December 2005 had a harsher scale

http://www.powerscore.com/lsat/help/correct_targeted.htm

June 2007 92/100 to get 170
December 2005 93/100 to get 170

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Well, I just came from doing a proctored diagnostic in L.A.

I'm not sure how to interpret my score, but I went up 9 points for a 174 (the test didn't have an experimental, but exhaustion wasn't a factor today).  I can't tell if it was just a fluke, or if studying + a few days rest helped me, along with the motivation of taking it in under testing conditions.

I'm not sure if I should wait 2-3 days before taking another diagnostic, or just study over the next week before I take another proctored diagnostic on Saturday (5 sections, testing conditions and all).

Any thoughts?

you're probably at the point where rest would do you more good than studying. I say enjoy your score, be confident in yourself and repeat the next time you take a proctored exam. If you want, just to keep yourself sane, you could do a few sections here and there for fun but I think resting your brain and keeping your nerves down is going to help you more than anything else. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: any recomendation on energy drinks?
« on: May 27, 2008, 09:13:01 PM »
5 hour energy.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to improve RC?
« on: May 19, 2008, 09:35:07 PM »
well, I redid the passages in PT 46 (My brother graded it and I didn't review it or mark which ones I got wrong) and I only got 1 wrong this time doing this new approach as compared to 9 wrong the first time.

Granted, I just did the PT this afternoon (so it definitely was a lot easier read the second time), it still felt great and I was surprised how careless I was reading the answer choices.

I think not underlining as much made things easier because I didn't have to stop and I was actually reading instead of simply looking at the words and underlining them. Plus, it made me focus less on details and more on the conclusion and how the paragraphs fit into the conclusion.

I have, though been underlining the main thesis (or whatever is the most salient info) of each paragraph and little key words in each paragraph and that's been good too.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to improve RC?
« on: May 19, 2008, 07:43:26 PM »
Thanks LSATHell

I'm gonna focus on reading the passage a little faster, but without skimming and focusing strictly on the main point of the passage and how the rest of the article fits into the conclusion.

Then with that idea in mind, I'm gonna practice pre-phrasing answers to eliminate choices and work quickly through the questions. For the one's I am unsure of, I will box them and check back with the passage after i finish all the questions in that passage.

Ideally I want to finish the RC section with 3-4 minutes just in case there is a really difficult passage that I might need to re-skim through.

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Thanks. That was very helpful.

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How can I tell the difference? Do subsidiary conclusions always have a standard "thus" or "therefore" clause  and premises do not?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to improve RC?
« on: May 19, 2008, 04:18:10 PM »
I used to be getting 10-12 wrong per section (like, 2 weeks ago) then tried to underline EVERYTHING I read. I don't know what it is but when I underline I understand it, plus it makes me read a bit slower. It takes me about 4.5 minutes to get through the passage but I finish on time and get 3-4 wrong per section now. Give it a try, don't time yourself, see if you improve. If you do just practice to improve your time.

Digging this thread back up because I can't sleep and this has been bugging me.

I agree that underlining a lot can help a little (for some), especially with retention and pacing yourself with denser passages.  (I know I used to do this quite a lot)

But I recently went from getting 2-3 wrong to 100% accuracy on RC by reading without underlining.

By just focusing on reading, I save a sh!tload of time -- enough time to confirm all my answers, which is essential.

In fact, I think the guides that tell you to write in the margins, make boxes and circles and whatnot, are some sort of twisted joke to f*ck people over.  Honestly, you can answer most questions by understanding the big picture, and the few considerations that are associated with it.  For questions that relate to specific details, you'll most likely remember where it was mentioned anyhow, so what's the point in trying to predict and mark?

If you are having a lot of trouble with RC, it probably has nothing to do with your approach, but rather with the way you read.  Your eyes are probably glossing over important details, since you're most likely not used to seeing such dense material.

If anyone disagrees, please let me know.  I've tried all kinds of methods to perfect the section, but it never crossed my mind until recently to just read the damn passages, which was pretty much my breakthrough. 

Sorry, I'm just pissed that I wasted all this time hopelessly trying to find the perfect approach when it was just so obvious.

I am gonna try your method b/c since PT40 and up, I've been getting a horrendous score in RC and I think it's time to change things up a bit

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I hate anything that deals with histiography

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