Day2Daze wrote:Ive hit a major RC wall. No improvement for awhile and its still my worst section. If I read any more Economists I might puke. I started using some MCAT RC passages for practice but its hard with those then to tell what the score would convert to LSAT...and Im still getting questions wrong.
Any advice?? Anyone have RC figured out and wanna give some pointers? RC is what is stopping me from crossing 171 atm.
I used to struggle with RC before too (sometimes getting up to -7 per section). I took a 3 week break, cleared my mind a bit, and I've been doing MUCH better recently (averaging maybe -1 or -2 per PT with 5+ minutes to spare). I can give you a few tips, some of them collected from across this forum.
- Are you notating each paragraph? I find it really helps to make a brief note (3-4 words) next to each paragraph that symbolizes the main point of the paragraph. Also, for paragraphs with multiple important points, summarize each point (ex. conflicting perspectives).
- For detail questions that refer to a certain word/phrase/line, read 5 lines above and below that section and then answer the question. Context is KEY for these type of questions - the test often tries to trick you with answer choices that sound right but aren't consistent with the passage's organization.
- Try not to focus on details on your first read-through (ex. definitions, specific examples, quotes, etc) and spend your attention on the main points of each paragraph, the overall organization of the passage, as well as the tone used by the author. Instead, circle words that are defined, "for example", and other indicator words so that you can refer back to them easily when a question asks you to do so. This will save you some time per passage and make your reading more efficient.
- Do main point questions last. This one can be useful because a wrong MP answer can bias you for the rest of the questions. Also, the main point will become a lot clearer once you've answered the other questions. However, if you find that you're really good with MP questions, you can ignore this point.
Personally, I don't know if reading Economist will help you THAT much as a short-term strategy. I think doing real passages will help you a lot more. Hope this helps!