BigA wrote: Knockglock wrote:
BigA wrote:You're in a totally different spectrum as a test-taker than me, hitting 180s and all. So maybe what I said doesn't apply as much. But for me, timing is a big problem and I have to force myself to hurry more on the newer LR and RC. Although what's kinda weird about the old ones is I believe there are more 30 second questions but more 3 minute questions as well.
Hmm...have you tried to push through the first 15 questions in 15 minutes (1 minute a question), which gives you 20 minutes for the last 10 questions (2 minute a question). I think this might help you out with timing.
You need to take advantage of the relatively straightforward and relatively simple (I say relative because even the "easy" LSAT questions are still difficult) to give yourself the time you need on the difficult ones.
I think you need to identify what is causing you to have time problems. Are you reading the stimulus, then the question stem, then re-reading the stimulus?
Also identifying the conclusion when you're reading through the stimulus, and pre-phrasing answers to questions might help you with your timing issues as well.
You definitely need to "attack" the questions that are possible to "attack". But i'm a big believer that accuracy >>> speed, so dont' sacrifice any correct answers.
Ha! I think you edited some things as I was typing.
After a lot of experimenting, I think I usually read the stem first now. What takes me the most time is just reading the stimulus so I understand it. My brain just doesn't work as well as other people's. This often means reading a sentence multiple times to understand it, and understanding it within the context of everything else. I have gotten slightly better though, the more I practice.
Yeah lol, I always forget stuff or want to add more so i'm always editing after I post. I try and do it quick enough that no one notices though
Good. It doesn't matter whether you read the stimulus or question stem first, but you should find and pick the one you like and stick with it (and it sounds like you have).
Have you gone through the LR Bible? If you haven't, you need to, and if you have, you should try and get as familiar as possible with the question stems. There are only so many types of questions, each question type only has so many ways it can be presented to you. Ideally, you want to be so familiar with the question stems that you can quickly recognize what type of question type it is indicating. Besides indicating the question type, question stems aren't too important, just be sure to pay attention for any unique particulars to the question.
Edit: RC fail. I thought you said question stem. Editing now...
For stimulus, try reading through the argument initially and underlining the conclusion. Then you know what point the argument is heading towards, and can piece together what each part each portion of the stimulus plays. Kind of like reverse engineering to some degree. If you can identify that the stimulus is giving you conclusion A, then you know what the other parts of the stimulus/argument play. Hypothetically then, you would know that the first sentence which you were unsure what part it played, you can confidently say that it functioned to do X/Y/Z. The conclusion is of vital importance, identifying it is extremely valuable, and will get you some points/questions. I'm not sure if this is necessarily the best for you with your time management issue, but if your rereading each sentence a few times, this might actually be quicker.