totoro wrote:LR Help?
Hey, another Dec retaker here. For those who are scoring very high on your PT's - how did you consistently get down to -0-2 on LR? Any tips? I've taken 40+ PT's and gone through the LR Bible twice now, but still going -3-5 which prevents me from PTing consistently in the 170's. (Also, -4-5 is where I started, so I haven't improved much on LR period lol).
I seem to have trouble on the questions that you can't really pre-phrase (weaken, strengthen, infer, resolve the paradox) and also on ones with abstract answer choices (flaw, method of argument). I guess I get pulled into over-interpreting an incorrect answer, or otherwise over-interpreting a correct answer and finding something wrong with it.
Are you identifying the conclusion of the argument? For weaken and strengthen questions this is key. Also I find it helpful to have an idea of what I am looking for entering the answers. Every one of these questions have a flaw and with most of them, it's pretty obvious. Knowing the flaw (they use the same flaws over and over) will help you have a good idea of how to bridge the gap. For example, if they have a exclusivity flaw "it's a or b, and because b isn't likely, it must be a" the answer for strengthen questions is likely to be elimination of alternate causes. Conversely, weaken questions will either poke a hole in the original "b isn't likely" claim or add a entirely new variable or alternate cause.
Resolve and paradox questions, for me, are pretty intuitive. You are essentially problem solving. Usually you can predict these exactly. If the prompts is something like, "A recent polls shows Romney has the lead by a 70-30 margin. Obama wins the election." For resolve questions, the correct answer will always bridge the gap. So in this situation, the answer is most likely going to be about the poll. Maybe the poll was of exclusively white, Mormon voters from Utah and related to Romney. Well that would be a pretty terrible poll wouldn't it? Perhaps that isn't available. In this case, you would probably look for something giving Obama a boost at election time. Maybe Obama save an orphaned baby from a burning building the day before the election. Or maybe a sex scandal was leaked about Romney. Really, the main point is that you are just trying to solve the problem. You should be relieved when you see these questions, not terrified. Be more worried about Parallels and the like.