LR Question

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LR Question

Postby inevitable510 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:06 pm

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Re: LR Question

Postby ws81086n » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:25 pm

How much time do you take? Whatever it is, obviously you should not wait to get perfects before switching to timed sections. I'd say buy Man. and PS's LR, review them, and then start doing timed questions/sections.

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Re: LR Question

Postby Cerebro » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:12 pm

One way to get better at LR is to focus on the types of questions that are giving you the most difficulty. Drill LR by type, but DON'T do them UNTIMED. I have found that the following "rule of thumb" works well for me, when it comes to determining how much time I should spend on each question:

If the stimulus is no longer than the first phalange of my thumb, then I give myself 1 minute to complete the question. If the stimulus is longer than the first phalange, but doesn't breach the third phalange, then I give myself 1:25. If the stimulus extends into the third phalange, then I give myself 2:00. Obviously, you want to try to go faster than this, if you are able, particularly on the "third phalange" questions, but this is a good place to start. Once you find that these times are too generous, challenge yourself by decreasing the amount of time on your timer.

When you are doing this, try to pay attention when you are not able to complete the question within the specified time. How much time are you spending on reading the stimulus? How much time do you spend evaluating each answer choice? Did you burn time wavering between answer choices? Did you have to re-read answer choices or the stimulus?

ETA: Also, when you are trying to increase speed, it is important to try to relax. You speed up by increasing your focus and comprehension, not by tightening up your muscles. Don't forget to breathe.

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Re: LR Question

Postby Funkycrime » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:08 pm

As someone who was in the same place you are and now scores consistently -1 or -2 per timed section, I think you aren't ready for time. I suggest getting the Manhattan guide and becoming familiar with their techniques. Do a lot of sections untimed until you are getting almost everything right, and then make the transition.

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