Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

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RhymesLikeDimes
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Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby RhymesLikeDimes » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:45 am

Sorry for the weird topic title, I didn't have enough space to make a non-awkward sentence out of that. What I am asking is if there is a spreadsheet or something like it that shows the changing frequencies of the appearance of each question type (Strengthen, Parallel Reasoning, etc.) over time? Just curious if there are any noteworthy patterns, or a sort of template that governs which/how many/how often, or if certain types are getting more/less popular and more/less difficult.

I was thinking of making one, but want to make sure that one doesn't already exist. I would like to create a break-down of both the frequency AND average difficulty of each question type on each test.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby 15chocolate » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:49 am

I'm not sure but I think I saw somewhere in lsatqa they have a similar chart as what you suggest. Such as in LR which question type appears more and so on.
I think they did not have difficulty level or some specific category or tendency though...
It'd be great if you make one :)

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby nyjets2090 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:56 am

From what I've noticed, there are alot more flaw questions, and strengthen/weaken questions on the newer one. Also seems like there are less instances where you have to diagram on the newer ones, although it's still essential.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby jrsbaseball5 » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:38 pm

There are some archived threads on here that have the information laid out. Unfortunately, it is not in spreadsheet form or anything.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby bp shinners » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:24 pm

Questions that are in decline:
Must be False
Crux (The information in the passage is most helpful in answering which of the following questions?)
Must be True
Agree/Disagree
Two questions/one stimulus

Questions that are increasing:
Flaw
+/-
Sufficient/Necessary
Soft Must be True ("most strongly supported")

These are general trends. The total number of MBT/~MBT questions are staying pretty stable, but there are now more soft MBT than regular MBT, and I expect that trend to continue (it's a lot easier to write an answer choice with a bit of wiggle room, and it's easier to make those questions harder).

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby lsatkid007 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:29 pm

bp shinners wrote:Questions that are in decline:
Must be False
Crux (The information in the passage is most helpful in answering which of the following questions?)
Must be True
Agree/Disagree
Two questions/one stimulus

Questions that are increasing:
Flaw
+/-
Sufficient/Necessary
Soft Must be True ("most strongly supported")

These are general trends. The total number of MBT/~MBT questions are staying pretty stable, but there are now more soft MBT than regular MBT, and I expect that trend to continue (it's a lot easier to write an answer choice with a bit of wiggle room, and it's easier to make those questions harder).


Thanks BP. How about LG types? Any type of games that you noticed are more of?

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby bp shinners » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:47 am

lsatkid007 wrote:Thanks BP. How about LG types? Any type of games that you noticed are more of?


Nope. Same old same old. Some ordering. Some grouping. Some combo.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby NoodleyOne » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:16 pm

bp shinners wrote:
lsatkid007 wrote:Thanks BP. How about LG types? Any type of games that you noticed are more of?


Nope. Same old same old. Some ordering. Some grouping. Some combo.

Well, Mapping and Circular are pretty much out. Can't remember any of those since the 40s.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby lsatkid007 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:33 pm

NoodleyOne wrote:
bp shinners wrote:
lsatkid007 wrote:Thanks BP. How about LG types? Any type of games that you noticed are more of?


Nope. Same old same old. Some ordering. Some grouping. Some combo.

Well, Mapping and Circular are pretty much out. Can't remember any of those since the 40s.


Thanks BP

NoodleyOne with my luck they would be the ones on my exam. But thanks for the tip & pep talk to suck up.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby tuffyjohnson » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:41 pm

NoodleyOne wrote:
bp shinners wrote:
lsatkid007 wrote:Thanks BP. How about LG types? Any type of games that you noticed are more of?


Nope. Same old same old. Some ordering. Some grouping. Some combo.

Well, Mapping and Circular are pretty much out. Can't remember any of those since the 40s.


I swear you guys are going to jinx us if people keep saying this.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby NoodleyOne » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:56 pm

tuffyjohnson wrote:
NoodleyOne wrote:
bp shinners wrote:
lsatkid007 wrote:Thanks BP. How about LG types? Any type of games that you noticed are more of?


Nope. Same old same old. Some ordering. Some grouping. Some combo.

Well, Mapping and Circular are pretty much out. Can't remember any of those since the 40s.


I swear you guys are going to jinx us if people keep saying this.

Mwahahahahaha! Expect the worst, and all surprises are pleasant.

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Re: Is there any data on LR question-type trends over time?

Postby Cambridge LSAT » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:52 pm

This page doesn't include statistics, but by using the filters, you can gauge the frequency of occurrence for the different types:
LSAT PrepTest Classifications




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