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 Post subject: Logical Reasoning Help!Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:40 pm

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All,

I am preparing for the February LSAT. However, I am currently stuck in the funk of a 150-153, largely in part to my performance on the Logical Reasoning sections. (My ultimate goal is Rutgers Camden). On RC and LG, I get 4 to 6 wrong respectively (I obviously know I could improve on these, however I am fine with this for now), but on the LR, I can get 10+ wrong sometimes.

When I do individual problems, for instance, 10 assumption questions, I can more than likely get 80% to 90%, but when it comes to actual practice tests, I get them wrong. What can be done? I feel as if, I am not really "READING" this question, or I feel as if I don't have enough time to draw out a diagram or just a few notes as to what is actually going on in the question itself.

I have a figured out a good way to study/practice the LG and have found a nice method for doing RC, however, my LR needs MAJOR help.

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds,
Chris

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 Post subject: Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:15 pm

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This works for some people (but definitely not all)...have you tried memorizing the classifications of the different question types in order to associate your method of attack on the questions? Are you designating the conclusion in any argument? I usually put parentheses around the statement that is the conclusion. That helps me to eliminate some of the attractive incorrect answer choices. It took some work for me to understand whether the question was asking me to find something in the answer choices that was needed in the argument or finding something in the answer choices that is supported by what is in the argument. Have you bought Powerscore's Logical Reasoning Bible yet?

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 Post subject: Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:33 pm

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I usually do not underline the conclusion, except when its a main point/conclusion question.

Today I took a practice test and went up 7 points from my total, however, I gave myself the proper 35min. for the LG and RC section, but I gave myself 40 min. on the Logical Reasoning section, this seemed to help. Now, I know my proctors won't be so giving and rightly so. I think I am going to continue with this method (giving myself the 40min. for the LR and start to work my way down as I approach the Feb. testing date), along with identifying the conlusion, on ALL question types as you have somewhat stated.

I just bought the Power Score LR Bible, and have yet to really give it a good look. What is the best way to work through it, start at pg. 1 and put the head down and go, or find out what I am the least skilled at?

Chris

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 Post subject: Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:40 pm
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 Post subject: Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:52 pm

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I agree with ErinAshleen, you have time to go through the whole book, so start at page 1. You may even have time to go through some of the drills a second time before the test.

As far as identifying the conclusion, this is important to do for questions other than just main point/conclusion questions. If you're being asked a question about what assumption is required to make the argument flow logically, you need to know what the conclusion is. Or if you're asked to strengthen or weaken an argument, you need to know what the conclusion is. I would argue that the only questions that you don't need to identify the conclusion for is those stimuli that don't contain a conclusion.

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