I thought the Greek poems passage was fun... but I'm an English major/Greek and Roman Studies minor, lol.
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eit wrote:I just tried to take a full prep test but was rudely interrupted by telephone calls and plans being sped way up. Don't these people know I'm trying to attack the LSAT? Although to give my mom credit, when she phoned and said "hey, what are you up too?" and I said "trying to figure out who can be on the sales team, production team, and management" she understood I was working on the LSAT lol.
Anyways, I got 3/4 of the way through Prep Test #38 and am soooo unimpressed with how I'm doing. I know the score won't even count because I'll have to do the fourth section later (I always count just to "see" what the score would have been if I'd done it altogether, even though I don't take it too seriously as a reflection of my progress) - but man, -3LR, -5LG, -2RC. -5LG! WTF! I also finished at the VERY LAST second haha. I also just re-read that sentence to say "I finished at the very LSAT second" ahaha, oh dear. Poor brain. Although I did finish LR with 15 minutes to spare, and RC with 10 minutes to spare.
I've come to view the RC section as a nice cheerful break between scary LG and frustrating LR.
Good lord. I can see finishing early on LR, but 15 minutes? And I can never finish more than a minute early on RC. I don't know how you do it.
For me, the stress per section hierarchy is LR>RC>LG.
i just can't fathom finishing 15 minutes early...on any section. i just can't. when you approach each question, what exactly is your general technique? what is it about your approach to LR questions that stays the same from question to question? maybe i should try to incorporate that into my approach.
i.e. do you tend to just recognize the right answer choice, pick it, and move on without glancing at the wrong ones? or are you just a fast reader?
When I was on top of my game with LG, I had fun with it and liked to do LG's. Now I've slipped a bit (need to start just re-doing games I've already done just to have games practice every day if I don't want to use up new ones) and I am kind of scared of it. LR is just so hot and cold that I don't really enjoy it, but I don't mind it... marking it/reviewing it is the most annoying part, lol. So I like RC>LR>LG.
For someone else who loved RC, I'm not sure where I'd like it to appear - except I'd like it to follow or precede LG to either raise my confidence beforehand or raise it back up after LG haha.
I would love to trade some of the extra minutes I gain on LR or RC for some extra LG minutes - I'm not a super speed goddess at LG by a longshot. I go right up to the wire, lol.
As for my tactics on LR, well, I don't actually feel a 100% solid in my LR skills so keep that in mind. Anyways. I read the stimulus, then the stem. Sometimes I underline bits of stuff in the stimulus - usually if the section comes after RC, I'll be in an underlining mood and just go for it. Then I read EACH answer choice (I never skip an answer choice in LR/RC) and do my own version of contenders/losers from Powerscore, except I'd rather call it something like Potential vs. Dead Wrong. If the answer is just wrong, I slash out the letter for that answer, and proceed to the next one. If I like an answer, I do a weird little notation beside it (something like < or > or just a little pencil mark). If I like the next answer better and feel its "the one" I guess my pencil mark is a little bigger but that really doesn't make a difference, lol. If I eliminate all answers but one, I do a cursory re-read of that answer and then move on. If I only eliminate a couple answers, I re-read the answers and usually refer back to the stimulus until I pick an answer.
I think I save time in RC by not doing an elaborate notation system or a summary (even just a one word summary) that a lot of people use. But if a notation system/summary or whatever works for you that probably offsets the time gain from not doing it. I underline as I go to make myself slow down while I read, sometimes circle names. I do the same process for potentials/dead wrongs in the answer choices for RC, and usually I'll intuitively go for one answer over another if I'm down to two and I can't decide. I usually refer back to the passage for almost every question unless I'm very sure of the answer.
I think a lot of the reason I can get through LR and RC so quickly is just because I am a very fast reader. I own almost 500 books and have read the majority of them more than once, lol. I burned through Girl with a Dragon Tattoo in 5 hours. Been honing this skill since I was five, it's nice that it's finally paying off. Haha.