tronredo wrote:Checking in after being off the internet for almost 4 days. I figured out the internet was a big distraction to my 180 drive ans so i kicked it away.
I'm glad to see everyone is working hard towards the big 180
My prep is going great. I am consistently getting between 169 - 174. I really want to improve myself. My biggest setback is finishing the LR section. I consistently get -0 in LG and RC. But i always leave like 3 unanswered in both LR sections. If anyone has any tip on how i could speed up i would greatly appreciate it. I think i second guess myself way too much especially on assumption questions. With 22 days to the test i'm sure i'll get enough confidence to choose the right answer and move on.
The LSAT is tough but i am convinced that it is a learn able test. With our handwork and perseverance i am sure we'll do it.
22 MORE DAYS Y'ALL. I have 30 PTs on my desk that will get done by test day. Figuring out a strategy of doing 2 PT per day. No excuses, play like a champion.
WISH Y'ALL THE BEST.
I´ll chime in on my approach to assumption question: (I do not claim to have mastered assumption questions, by the way)
First of all, you MUST understand that there are two types of assumption questions. It may seem quite obvious, but my ridiculous Kaplan course failed to mention it.
USE THE DENIAL TEST. If you negate the answer choice and it renders the argument ridiculous. That´s the right answer. It is the assumption that has to be made in order for the argument to make any sense at all. It normally employs weak language.
If this is assumed, the argument will be follow logically in any and all cases. Therefore it has to be all-encompassing in nature. Therefore, it will likely employ strong language.
Most assumption questions, especially the suff assumption questions, can be translated into formal logic. Jot down the formal logic and you will likely be able to figure out the assumption, scan the answer choices, and move on in 45 seconds or less.
Also, in the majority of cases, the assumption will involve one of the phrases in the conclusion (the one previously unmentioned) and one in the evidence, usually only mentioned once as well. If you are at a loss. Find the answer choices with the the unclarified term in the conclusion, circle one that employs weak language (necess ass) or strong language (suff ass) and move on. My guess this will put you at a 50-50 shot or so.
One more point: if its translatable at all to formal logic, the term in the answer choice that is used in the conclusion cannot change from the suff to necess position or the necess to suff position without being negated. So, if:
b -> c
c -> d
conclusion: a -> d
The 'a' term must be in the sufficient position or 'not a' must be in the necessary position. If you understand it the argument this thoroughly you will likely already choose the right answer, but it is useful knowledge to consider when between two choices, or even when scanning the answer choices.
I hope I helped! And please add to or mention any errors I made.