What do you consider the most important concepts per section

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paulshortys10
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What do you consider the most important concepts per section

Postby paulshortys10 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:18 am

understanding of which concepts do you consider CRITICAL to a high score on said section?

LG-
If-then concept...many questions deal with this.
Must be true/could be true distinction....Big difference in how you go about answering these questions..
Opposites-such as must be true EXCEPTS..you have to know the opposites of these by memory..

What about LR/RC?

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Jeffort
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Re: What do you consider the most important concepts per section

Postby Jeffort » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:39 am

You're pretty much asking for an outline of all the skills/concepts regularly tested per section type since you need to be good at all of them in order to achieve a high score.

There is a reason the per section type self-prep books are 100's of pages long each and that good prep classes include 80-100 of instruction hours.

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Re: What do you consider the most important concepts per section

Postby mickeyD » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:32 am

I think an important overall concept to become familiar with is the "air-tight" quality of LR questions. Learning to stick strictly to the information given, to avoid the small exaggerations of wrong answers, to make inferences based on the facts as opposed to what is probable/plausible, avoiding scope shifts and irrelevant information, will help you across the board.

I liken it to learning to stand firmly with your heels on the ground, avoiding reaching too high up or stepping out of the boundary of the stimulus. Although some question types like Weaken can bring in outside information, this information still needs to directly affect the conclusion, and make a clear, direct impact on the argument.

Although this is something most books tell you at the beginning, you can really only develop the skill by doing lots of LR questions over and over, making those "reach" mistakes and learning from them so that you do not make them again. Once you have this concept ingrained in your head, all the other strategies for LR become a lot easier to implement.




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