RC myth or truth?

chia99
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RC myth or truth?

Postby chia99 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:59 am

Is there any truth to the claim that RC passages get sequentially harder?

I find myself being able to do one of the passage in 6 minutes but another in 12 but there is no pattern I have noticed as to which # passage I go fast on and which I slow down.

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Re: RC myth or truth?

Postby thelawschoolproject » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:01 pm

I've heard that they get harder. But, I've only "heard" it. I have actually experienced it, not yet anyway. I know that the RC changes because they introduce comparative reading sections in the later LSATs that simply didn't exist earlier. When I do the RC sections, I always begin with the section that has the most questions to answer. It helps to keep me on target.

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Re: RC myth or truth?

Postby chia99 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:15 pm

That's a good strategy. Definitely worth a try. I tend to go in order just because I like to know exactly where I'm at in the section but that strategy seems to be a bit flawed because I find myself rushing during passage #4.

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Re: RC myth or truth?

Postby thelawschoolproject » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:17 pm

Yeah, I like to spend more time where there are more points available, that way if I have to rush myself it's on a passage that only has 5 questions, so it shouldn't take me as long to finish anyway.

Best of luck!

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Re: RC myth or truth?

Postby bp shinners » Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:07 pm

We did a study on the difficulty of questions by having them rated by instructors blindly (I'm not 100% sure on the methodology) and found that 3 and 4 are, on average, more difficult than 1 and 2. Of course, there's variance in there, but we feel it's a good rule of thumb.

And we also recommend starting with an 8-question, hard passage so that you're fresh when you hit it.




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