LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

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LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby tipler4213 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:46 pm

So, I know Powerscore recommends reading the stimulus first, but I have typically always read the question first. Normally, I only miss 2 per section, so I wasn't too worried, but I thought I'd ask some of the people in the 0-2 misses per section which they did? Thanx.


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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby UTexas » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:59 pm

-1 on LR in December 2009. Stimulus first, carefully and critically.

Search "stem" and "stimulus" here or on Google for copious discussion on this topic.


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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby spearnreel » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:03 am

I read it in the order given. If you are only getting around 2 wrong per section, why even change things are scoring better than I am. Usually after reading the stimulus, I already know what the question is going to be and can almost go right into the answer choices.

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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby T14_Scholly » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:07 am

If you've already consistently practiced stem first, it's probably a good idea to stick with that.

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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby dbrddr » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:40 am

I always read the question stem first. It's much easier to prephrase the correct answer when you know beforehand that you're answering a flaw-in-the-reasoning question, an assumption question, a main point question, etc. I think one of the main reasons I usually miss 0-2 on LR sections is that I often spend 25-30 seconds on main point and assumption questions precisely because I know before I read the stimulus how I should read it; I then have the luxury of spending 2-3 minutes on some of the more difficult strengthen and weaken questions in the late teens and early twenties.


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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby tomwatts » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:50 am

Stem first. You read an Inference question totally differently from a Strengthen question. Better to know what you're looking for first.


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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby r6_philly » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:52 am

I tried both and I like reading stem first. Sometimes I read the stimulus first then get to the stem, then I have to go back to re-read the stimulus to focus on the problem (weaken, assump, etc...)

also, if I see "which most parallels" or the like, I skip the question until the end. They are time killers.

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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby TheTopBloke » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:54 am

Question stem first.

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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby straxen » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:00 am

Every test prep company maintains that its answer to this question is the best, in reality this is a matter of personal preference.

I flirted with question stem first but ultimately preferred the stimulus-first approach. After reading the stem, I would find that I would search out the answer to the question in a manner which prevented me from truly grasping the elements of the stimulus...trying to relate everything back to the question was distracting. If I had a good grasp of the argument first then worried about the question then 2/3 to 3/4 of the time I wouldn't have to go back to the stimulus, and usually when I did have to go back to the stimulus it didn't take long to come back with the answer to the question. If keeping it all straight isn't a problem for you, and isn't slowing you down, then a strong argument can be made for reading the stem first.


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Re: LR: Q Stem or Stimulus first?

Postby cubswin » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:00 am

Stimulus first ftw

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