mrhaart wrote:The fact that you bombed LG but managed to do as well as you ended up doing on the rest of the sections is still indicative of a strong test performance imho -- One of those "worst case scenarios" that left you with a still-solid score. Judging by your previous posts, you seem to be a natural at LR + RC -- Have any general tips, especially for RC?
Thanks! I have pretty strong analytical and verbal skills, but I think LR requires a really test-specific set of literary+analytical ability that can only be learned. I definitely have improved my ability in LR. I've missed 13 in LR before, but I've been focusing on LR a lot and it's definitely helped. Manhattan LR really changed my world. That's some good stuff right there if you haven't checked it out.
I am a really well-trained reader. I've read probably 18,000 books in my life. Maybe more. Additionally, I've tutored the SAT for 5 years, and LSAT RC is really, really similar to SAT RC, so I have an excellent base for that. The big thing about RC is being aware of the structural components of the passage and how they fit together.
When I read, I'm constantly weighing every new point against what was said before. How does this affect that? Does it bolster the previous statement? Does it set up an argument against it? Does it qualify it? Does it feature an everyday word in an uncommon usage? Does it reveal something about the author? Anything that strikes me as significant along those lines gets underlined, because it's going to be a question and I want to be able to come back to it quickly.
Besides that, if you can get faster at reading, you'll have more time to check your work. There are some really great speed-reading apps and websites out there, and slower readers tend to get bogged down in details as opposed to letting their minds pick up on overall points, so I'd recommend that, if speed is a problem.
One last thing to watch out for: incorrect answer choices that are half-right and half-irrelevant. I've seen a bunch of them on the LSAT and I know that my SAT students like to pick them a lot, because they recognize the wording from the passage in them, which makes them feel correct. If an answer choice is made of two clauses, the first of which is absolutely supported by the text and the second of which doesn't really have to do with it so much, the second part invalidates the first and it's out of scope, so should be discarded.