Older LR sections predicated on elimination skills

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Older LR sections predicated on elimination skills

Postby ltowns1 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:42 am

Just curious, I was talking to someone who scored really well on test 73, and he basically said that the LR section was predicated on excellent elimination skils. (which I believe is absolutely true) you also tend to hear that some of the most recent preptests are harder in LR. I Think this is because students don't spend an adequate amount of time focusing on elimination skills. I just wanted to ask were there any earlier LR sections (as in earlier preptests) that focused primarily on elimination skills?

Side note: I'm on PT 24 currently

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Re: Older LR sections predicated on elimination skills

Postby Big Red » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:44 pm

OK, well first off all LR sections are predicated on excellent elimination skills (which is why many prepbooks teach you to do an eliminate-only initial sweep through the ACs)

To your friend's point, I will say that there were more questions on recent PTs (68+ in my mind) where I was having trouble choosing between two and sometimes three ACs

I wouldn't spend too much time stressing about this, maybe just focus on where you are now in your prep and the rest will take care of itself in time

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Re: Older LR sections predicated on elimination skills

Postby Pneumonia » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:48 pm

That's an interesting perspective. Being harder and favoring elimination are two sides of the same coin, so the question you're asking is which older tests have difficult LR. It varies.

What you should be asking is "how can I get better at eliminating wrong answers?" Here is a tip: intentionally practice. Your friend is right that this is a critical skill for doing well on difficult LR questions and sections.

On the harder questions (say levels 4 and 5 out of 5, 5 being the most difficult) the trick to going quickly is to eliminate wrong answers. This contrasts with levels 1, 2, and 3 where the trick to going fast is to identify the right answer. If you don't slow down and intentionally practice eliminating wrong answers on the easier questions you'll of course not be very good at applying that skill when you need it on the harder questions.

That is why people suggest going through some older PT's and for every wrong answer on LR, writing out to the side why it is wrong. Doesn't have to be a lot of writing, but writing something forces you to make your thoughts concrete enough. That way when you get to the harder questions you'll have practice eliminating wrong answers as well as identifying right answers.

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