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RC relevance question (old tests vs. newer tests)

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:43 pm
by justbubbles
Ok, I think on TLS the (majority) consensus is:

LG - newer ones (PT 30 on) are more relevant; and
LR - older ones (PT 29 and below) are more verbose but it helps because LR hasn't changed much.

But what is the consensus on RC? :|

Are the RC's PT 40 and later more harder? Or is it just me? :( Prepping for Feb. 2011, should I focus more on the later RCs or is PTs 28-40 even worth doing?

Thanks,

Re: RC relevance question (old tests vs. newer tests)

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:50 pm
by paulshortys10
Consensus says the newer ones are much harder to make up for the easier LG...plus there's a new type of passage too.

I find with LR the stimulus was harder then and the choices are more confusing now...prob just me though

Re: RC relevance question (old tests vs. newer tests)

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:05 pm
by justbubbles
Thanks for the input, PaulShorty. I agree with you.

Maybe this is just me, but having done tests from all over the place (sporadically here and there), this is what I found:

PTs 1-20:

LR - Stimulus is wordy and verbose, some odd types not seen in the newer LRs (eg. 1 stimulus; 2 questions/stems, etc)
RC - Average
LG - Downright weird!

PTs 21-39:

LR - Same as above.
RC - Content wise, way too much history, literature, etc.
LG - Brutal! (advanced linear, circular, etc)

PTs 40-50:

LR - Condensed, but logic element is much harder (in terms of answer choices).
RC - Much more difficult. Content wise, more science, biology, economics, etc. types.
LG - Difficulty wise, moderate.

PTs 51-61:

LR - Somewhat hard and challenging (ie. answer choices are confusing with several attractive choices).
RC - New comparative reading format, but vastly different (question type wise) from the older ones.
LG - So-so, but mostly easy if you've have had the rhythm of practice with the older LG types.

Re: RC relevance question (old tests vs. newer tests)

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:41 pm
by paulshortys10
Yep u pretty much described it perfectly...I don't see many 2 questions per 1 stimulus in LR anymore