Straw_Mandible wrote:Hi everyone!
I'm jumping back into LSAT prep, after easing off for a few months. I took PT55 on Saturday, and I was a bit disappointed with the outcome, but not entirely surprised. My score was a 163, with the following breakdown:
I am aware of the fact that my RC is an abomination, and my LR is on point. The LG score worries me somewhat, since I have gone -0 in the past. But the last two games on this test really stumped me. I took a few educated guesses on both of them. I have not been drilling games lately, so I hope once I review these and get back into the swing of things, I will be able to shore up my skills relatively quickly.
The RC section is the bane of my existence. I had never considered myself illiterate before I started studying for the LSAT, but now I'm strongly considering joining a support group. (Or, alternatively, re-enrolling in elementary school classes.) When I start an RC section, my anxiety is through the roof, in a manner that simply doesn't occur in the other sections. I have never finished an RC section in time, and I often find myself reading and rereading sections of the passage without drawing any meaning from them whatsoever. To give you an idea, on my last PT (54, in February) I scored a 170, and the breakdown was -1 combined LR, -0 LG, and -10 RC. It's a serious problem, which I have no idea how to solve, so I'm coming to you for help!
I have been drilling passages untimed, and I nearly always go -0. It's the pressure of reading quickly that causes me to lose my focus. My plan is to just start drilling the hell out of full, timed RC sections, as a sort of baptism by fire. Does this seem like a good place to start? Feeling frustrated.
I hope everyone here is studying and prospering and making progress!
LR and RC aren't really all that different.
Since you're doing pretty well in LR, you should be doing better in RC. Try to use your LR question type strategies for the RC questions.
Also, don't try to read quickly. I can take as long as 5 minutes to read a passage, and I almost never miss a question. Take your time reading the passage. Really understand each sentence. Then when you get to the questions, you won't have to go back and re-read the passage. You might glance back to reassure yourself, or check on the strength of claim, but you'll know exactly where to look and you won't have to read full sentences.
After you're done reading a passage, you should know the answers to the main point question, the author's attitude (which is usually just a play on the main point), and the organization question.