dasani13 wrote: sashafierce wrote: Otunga wrote: sashafierce wrote:
Did PT 59 today, got 161 which is a bit disappointing. My breakdown:
LG -7 fml
I am disappointed because LG is usually my best section but this is my second -4 on RC a huge improvement from 2 weeks ago when I was -10 so I am happy about that. My LR errors are almost exclusively Assumption Family questions so I plan to re read the MLAST Chapters and drill drill drill this weekend. My next PT is Tuesday so I am hoping to get to at least 166 on that I know that I can do it I just have to find a way to master Assumption questions.
I hope everyone has a productive weekend
The PT59 RC section is challenging, and the sculpture passage has much to do with that. That's a good score. If you're getting RC, LR should catch up with it.
Thanks, I have been trying a new strategy for RC and it is working. For LR I knw what my main weakness is so I plan to work on that as well.
PT59 RC was pretty difficult especially the first question of the sculpture passage.
Please share the new strategy! I just took 59 and went -11 on RC lol. Gonna blind review the rest so haven't graded it yet.
I know that my approach is really going to sound dumb to a few top scores but I will share anyway
After reading the first RC section in the Trainer, I learned a few important RC tips that has positively impacted my score:
1. Focus on why not what i.e Reasoning Structure
2. Embrace Uncertainty
3. Scrutinize every word in your contenders/chosen answer choice
4. For main point questions because of the commonality between answer choices, you need to consider every word in the answer choice carefully
5. Read each question stem carefully and try to anticipate the correct answer choice
Those are a few tips that have helped me but overall my score is improving because I am skipping around, any passage with 7+ questions I complete those first. I ALWAYS leave the passage with the least questions for last. I prefer to have 5 mins to answer 5-6 questions than to have 5 mins to answer 7-8 questions regardless of the difficulty of the passage. By skipping around I can finish an RC section on time with and extra 2-3 mins to recheck questions that I circled.
Also, Comparative Passage (CP) are my favourite regardless of the topic because for some strange reason I always go -0 on those passages. I like to do those after I complete a difficult passage, because it helps boost my confidence during the test.
Some of the other things that I have been doing are:
1. Notating less, all I do is underline, circle and number i.e. points, example etc.
2. After every passage I PAUSE and try to summarize the reasoning structure of the passage in my mind for e.g. PT 59 Passage 3 my mental note of the reasoning structure was:
P1- Artist that thinks like a scientist
P2- Artist interned with another artist during this time he discovered a problem (something about negative light and sculptures)
P3- After internship, a friend of a friend helped him solve his problem
P4- Explanation of the solution- something about positive light
P5- Artist continues on his journey (solving problems)
Before I used to actually write this out during the exam which wasted a lot of my time since I never referred back to what I wrote because I already mentally stored the summary/reasoning structure in my mind.
3. When I am pressed for time (i.e. I am on the final passage), I preview the question stems and answer the passage specific questions first. For e.g. in PT58 P2, I previewed the question stems and was able to correctly answer Question 11-13 before I even finished reading the passage. Since this was the last passage that I completed I still had like 2-3 minutes when I was finished with the passage to re-check my work. Honestly, I am thinking about trying this strategy for all of the passages because I have found that questions that ask: "Why does the author mentions XYZ in Passage 2" or the "Main function of XYZ in line 12 is to" are so much more easier to answer while reading the passage or immediately after reading the passage and understanding the reasoning structure because the info is so fresh in your mind.
From what I have read on TLS alot of people are against 1) Skipping Around 2) Previewing Question Stems BUT they work for me.
I still have to read the MLSAT 2nd RC Chapter which is basically focused on question specific strategies, I am hoping that after reading that chapter I can get my RC down to -0.
Hope this response is helpful