Too Many Answers with Same Letter

FarewellLsat
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Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby FarewellLsat » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:49 pm

I felt today that I picked a particular letter in two sections (same letter 8 or 9 times in both sections) too many times and that some of them likely weren't the "credited response."

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby FarewellLsat » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:57 pm

Did anyone else experience that today or did I just likely get a bunch wrong?

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby Yeshia90 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:58 pm

I had a stretch of 6 of a certain letter in a 9 question span.

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby FarewellLsat » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:00 pm

I don't think there's ever been a case on the LSAT of more than four straight consecutive of the same letters in a row. I didn't have that, but a given letter with alarming frequency on two of the sections if I recall correctly.

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby FarewellLsat » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:13 pm

How common is it to have 8 or 9 of one letter on previously administered LSAT's for a given section (and only 3-5 for other letters)?

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby gggrra » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:17 pm

lol wut?? I never pay attention to letter frequency... don't sweat it dude...

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby beauTfully_free » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:19 pm

You aren't the only one! It was making me nervous too :/

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby john1990 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:24 pm

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby postn0bills » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:27 pm

yes, i did too! had two letters for seven questions in a row it made me really nervous and/or second guess my responses which likely killed time (doom).

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby gbpackerbacker » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:36 pm

I have seen lsat sections that have one letter 2 or 3 times and others a bunch. Dont worry about it. If you are so concerned with frequency, then you shouldn't have even read the problems. You're fine. Don't hinder your summer fun worrying about what is now beyond your control. Good luck.

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby mrwarre85 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:00 pm

Are we talking about the games section?

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby tanzie » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:18 pm

As per the PowerScore LR Bible, the LSAT will deliberately create consecutive right answer chains to psych out test takers. The book says that (at the time of publication) they had seen as many as 4 consecutive same-letter answers, but for all we know, the test we just took has set new records. I wouldn't worry about it - I distinctly remember seeing several chains of same letter answers (and it wasn't just from systematically selecting a certain letter over and over again in places where I ran out of time), and I'm sure that this happens at almost every test.

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby incompetentia » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:21 pm

Even if it's random, probability of having 5 of the same letter in a row would be 5^-4, or 1 in 625. That's once every 6 tests.


This is why you don't try to metagame (and I was one of the worst at this before I drilled it out of myself).

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby LSAT Blog » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:26 pm

tanzie wrote:As per the PowerScore LR Bible, the LSAT will deliberately create consecutive right answer chains to psych out test takers. The book says that (at the time of publication) they had seen as many as 4 consecutive same-letter answers, but for all we know, the test we just took has set new records. I wouldn't worry about it - I distinctly remember seeing several chains of same letter answers (and it wasn't just from systematically selecting a certain letter over and over again in places where I ran out of time), and I'm sure that this happens at almost every test.


incompetentia wrote:Even if it's random, probability of having 5 of the same letter in a row would be 5^-4, or 1 in 625. That's once every 6 tests.


This is why you don't try to metagame (and I was one of the worst at this before I drilled it out of myself).


Did some analysis of this issue a while ago, with some interesting results.

Summary: 5-in-a-row hasn't happened on a released exam, 4-in-a-row seems to happen less-often than it statistically should, and the word BECCA has been spelled-out as often as one would expect.

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby westinghouse60 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:41 pm

Yeah same thing happened to me, but I just ignored it.

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby mac35352 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:58 pm

Same here. I was concerned for a little but I try not to second guess my choices when they feel right!

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby mrwarre85 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:35 pm

mac35352 wrote:Same here. I was concerned for a little but I try not to second guess my choices when they feel right!


In the game section...? :?

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Re: Too Many Answers with Same Letter

Postby mac35352 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:41 pm

mrwarre85 wrote:
mac35352 wrote:Same here. I was concerned for a little but I try not to second guess my choices when they feel right!


In the game section...? :?

I can't remember. i'm still mentally drained from yesterday. I'm LSAT impaired but I had LG LR LG RC LR and I think it was either the 2nd 3rd section.




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