What is the difference between these two types of questions?

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What is the difference between these two types of questions?

Postby nycparalegal » Tue May 11, 2010 4:27 pm

What is the difference between a Must be True and a Most Strongly Supported question type?
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Re: What is the difference between these two types of questions?

Postby Ragged » Tue May 11, 2010 4:35 pm

Must be true seems more like formal logic type. Most strongly supported is a more general inference. But they are very similar.

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Re: What is the difference between these two types of questions?

Postby LSAT Blog » Tue May 11, 2010 5:00 pm

In a most strongly supported question, the answer is not necessarily something that must be true. It's just the answer that's most likely to be true.

Kaplan and PowerScore don't distinguish between these two question types - perhaps b/c the answer to a most strongly supported question is sometimes a must. However, the answer is not always a must.

Two examples where the answer to a most strongly supported question is not a must:

PrepTest 33 (December 2000), Section 3, Question 13 (page 171 in Next 10)

June 2007, Section 2, Question 18 - Most researchers / climate change
(page 13 of the free June 2007 LSAT PDF, numbered as page 11 in the upper-right corner)


An example where the answer to a most strongly supported question is a must:

PrepTest 36 (December 2001), Section 1, Question 16 (page 258 in Next 10)


(You can read more about the difference between Must Be True and Most Strongly Supported on pages 20-22 of LSAC's SuperPrep.)

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Re: What is the difference between these two types of questions?

Postby Confused&Pissed » Wed May 12, 2010 10:23 am

Must Be True= Must be True, Cannot Be False

Most Strongly Supported=Supported, Could Be false. It is probably true and supported by the stimulus, but it doesn't have to be true, it could be false.


This is according to Blueprint

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Re: What is the difference between these two types of questions?

Postby KibblesAndVick » Wed May 12, 2010 10:38 am

Confused&Pissed wrote:Must Be True= Must be True, Cannot Be False

Most Strongly Supported=Supported, Could Be false. It is probably true and supported by the stimulus, but it doesn't have to be true, it could be false.


This is according to Blueprint


TITCR. Most strongly supported could be false. If I eat pasta 9 out of every 10 Wednesdays and, independently, I also eat pasta 4 out of 5 times when it rains then it is very strongly supported that I will eat pasta on a rainy Wednesday. However, this could be false.

Must be true cannot be false. If it is sunny on Monay, I will eat pasta on Wednesday. It was sunny on Monday, so, by rule, I have to eat pasta on Wednesday. It is certain.

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Re: What is the difference between these two types of questions?

Postby skip james » Wed May 12, 2010 11:08 am

it's the difference between 'most likely to be true' and 'necessarily true'.




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