More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Q's?

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chickpea

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More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Q's?

I seem to have trouble answering the tougher pattern of reasoning questions efficiently, e.g. Question 25 in Section 4 of PT 62. I understand conditional logic but somehow when I encounter these questions while taking timed tests I begin to panic since I feel like I'm wasting tons of time trying to outline the conditional logic in each answer choice to find the correct answer.

Any tips? Thanks!!
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Re: More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Quesitons

chickpea wrote:I seem to have trouble answering the tougher pattern of reasoning questions efficiently, e.g. Question 25 in Section 4 of PT 62. I understand conditional logic but somehow when I encounter these questions while taking timed tests I begin to panic since I feel like I'm wasting tons of time trying to outline the conditional logic in each answer choice to find the correct answer.

Any tips? Thanks!!

break stimulus up into a, b, c - follow the chain of whose who.

chickpea

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Re: More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Quesitons

i've been trying to do this but somehow it seems to take me a lot of time. guess i'll have to keep practicing?

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Re: More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Quesitons

You're topic reads like you are offering advice, not seeking it. Just as a courtesy you may want to re-word it so that others who are struggling with games know that you are seeking help and the people who can help you will offer the help...it's just more efficient. The people who need help will often still read and chime in on your thread.

chickpea

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Re: More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Quesitons

PDaddy wrote:You're topic reads like you are offering advice, not seeking it. Just as a courtesy you may want to re-word it so that others who are struggling with games know that you are seeking help and the people who can help you will offer the help...it's just more efficient. The people who need help will often still read and chime in on your thread.

Whoops, sorry, somehow I forgot to add a question mark to the thread title. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: More Efficient Way to Diagram Pattern of Reasoning Quesitons

chickpea wrote:i've been trying to do this but somehow it seems to take me a lot of time. guess i'll have to keep practicing?

Those questions take more time. Significantly so, sometimes.

A few tips:
1) If there are quantifiers, scan the ACs and throw out anything that doesn't match the quantification.
2) Compare the conclusion first. If it doesn't line up for any reason, get rid of it.
3) That usually leaves you with 1 (fill in the bubble) or 2 (diagram them out and see which one matches, then fill in the bubble).