cavalier2015 wrote:awesome thanks for the tips.
how do you guys approach sufficient assumptions? i feel like i am doing it wrong. i do the following:
1)read stem to see if its sufficient assumption quesiton
2)find conclusion and premise
3)look for term shifts between the premise and conclusion
and if term shifts are present, look for the answer choice that directly addresses these two terms and links them in some way
4)if term shifts are not apparent right away, look to eliminate wrong answers
i look for: conclusion redundancy, premise qualifiers, and out of scope answer choices
5)eliminate wrong answers and choose the answer left
I feel like this way is counter productive and takes too much time. have y'all found patterns in sufficient assumption questions that can speed up the process?
I think you're doing fine until step 3. I don't initially look for any one particular flaw in the logic. I identify the conclusion and the premises, then I identify the gap - whatever that may be. I think it is important to have a flexible understanding of the flaw because the correct answer could be something that you were able to pre-phrase or it could be something that approaches the flaw from an unexpected angle. Being set on simply looking for term shifts could trip you when the questions get more complex and the language is more "fuzzy."