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Studying for the LSAT / PT 43, s. 2, Q. 19
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:06:14 PM »
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I need help with an explanation for this question.  Also, these point at issue questions are the only ones I'm noticing I have consistent trouble with (not with all of them, just some of the harder ones).  Are they just uniquely difficult or am I missing something in my approach?  Appreciate any help/advice someone has to offer.

Studying for the LSAT / Logic Games :C
« on: May 14, 2008, 01:35:59 PM »
Ok, I need help with getting better at these games.  I have been studying for over a month now and have seen zero improvement in the games section.  This is in contrast to the logical reasoning section, where there is clear improvement when comparing from test to test.

See, look:

The left shows the number of questions missed on the two combined logical reasoning sections per test.  The right shows logic games.

I mean, to not improve at all is pretty frustrating.  I know that I need to change what I'm doing but I just can't think of how.  I have gone through the Logic Games Bible twice.  I draw out the main diagram, put on all the not laws and stuff that I can identify, try to spot inferences and things like that, yet I still have seen no improvement.  I find that other than diagramming methods, everything the Bible tried to teach me goes out the window when I actually confront a game.

Lots of games have rules that really limit the number of possible solutions to the game.  I really struggle at seeing this in advance and working out what the possible solutions could be.  I suck at sequencing games.  Linear games tend to go poorly when they are difficult.  I don't know, some are just very simple, some are hard (simple: First game on PT 46; hard: first game on PT 34). The only ones I feel somewhat comfortable with are undefined grouping games, though even some of these I struggle with.  I have no idea what to do about this.  On the last test I took, I missed 10 questions on the whole test - 9 were from the games section.  That's pretty brutal.  I have noticed a huge difference in the difficulty of the games on current tests as compared to older ones, as many have, and I'm glad they're a lot simpler and tend to have fewer questions, but I don't want my score to depend on me getting a set of easy games in June.  Anyway, is there any general advice I could get on how to change my approach or how to attack a game?  It's not really specific question types that get me, but the set up of the game itself, or understanding how rules interact to seriously limit the options in a game, that I am no good at.  You could even just post how you approach the games section and game types (assuming you don't suck like I do :()     

Studying for the LSAT / LR Question - Parallel reasoning
« on: April 14, 2008, 07:10:47 PM »
Hi.  Been reading this site for a while and have registered specifically to ask this question: Practice test 35 (October 2001), section IV, #23.  This question has me scratching my head.  Why is the answer D and not A; what's the difference between the two?  Jeffort, somebody,  ???

If someone wants to explain 21 from the same test as well that'd be cool.  I found this particular LR section to be tough >_>

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