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Is one LR section always DEFINITELY harder or is it just me?

Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:59 pm
by rubydandun
I consistently see a huge discrepancy from one LR to the next to the point that if I do really well on one LR I assume the next will be killer. Is this in my head?

Also - is it the case for y'all as well that the easier a RC passage is to digest, the more difficult the questions are? I can't even remember how many times I've read a RC passage and thought WTF and got -0, vs totally comprehending a passage and then getting hit with ridiculous inference questions.

Please tell me if this is in my head or not!

Re: Is one LR section always DEFINITELY harder or is it just me?

Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:41 pm
by thsmthcrmnl
I think the LR discrepancy is only in your head.

Re: Is one LR section always DEFINITELY harder or is it just me?

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:08 am
by benito
Its not fully in your head but you are letting it get to you a little much. There is always one LR section that has two or three more challenging questions than the other but its not so huge a discrepancy that you should expect one to kill you and the other to be a cakewalk. More importantly it doesn't change anything as far as the approach, I certainly wouldn't waste any brain power on figuring out which is which on test day. Treat all five sections as their own test and do the best you can, its all you can do.

Re: Is one LR section always DEFINITELY harder or is it just me?

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:36 am
by suspicious android
No two sections are equally difficult, and that difference can be non-trivial, but when I look at my student's practice tests, I notice most of the time when they miss significantly more on one section than the other, it's the second LR section. I'd attribute that to fatigue more than anything else. Try not to worry about this kind of thing, as benito suggested, just treat each section as a self-contained unit.

Re: Is one LR section always DEFINITELY harder or is it just me?

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:56 am
by Lasker
Hm, I used to feel something like this too.

I noticed that LR sections fell into two categories:

About 15 - 20 easy questions followed by some difficult ones at the end.

or

Moderately difficult the whole way through with difficult questions sprinkled in randomly.

This pattern doesn't seem to hold in the tests after 57 or so though, leaving me to wonder if it was ever really there at all or if I just imagined it.

Re: Is one LR section always DEFINITELY harder or is it just me?

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:49 am
by Non-Chalant1
I always felt this way, but eventually I got to the point where it was all the same to me. But early on definitely. I think what it is, is that one section will have more question types that you're not that good at and may be a bit denser. The better you get at everything the less it matters.