How to combat the "Wait..., Maybe?" feeling?

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How to combat the "Wait..., Maybe?" feeling?

Postby conticuere » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:19 pm

Often with questions of low to medium difficulty in LR I find myself spending too much time saying, "Wait, is there a trick here?" (because every once and a while the answers ARE surprising for someone like me who's still early in the prep process). Do you have any tips on how to improve confidence? (I suppose you will say practice.)

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Re: How to combat the "Wait..., Maybe?" feeling?

Postby railyard » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:31 pm

Look for the wrong ACs that are too extreme. For example, if the stimulus says that a few people blah blah blah...

a. some people blah blah..
b. Most people blah blah...

B is wrong. Make sure it

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Re: How to combat the "Wait..., Maybe?" feeling?

Postby bmathers » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:34 pm

Yes, knowing what a wrong answer choice looks like for the question type you are doing (S/W, Inference, Assumption family, paradox, flaw, par reasoning, etc) can help you.

Most importantly is the P word - PREDICT. Predict your answer, and be wary of extreme language (for most question types, with the exception of strengthen/weaken).

Answer choices are not there to help you, they are there to hurt and confuse you. When possible, know what you are looking for before going to the answer choices.

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Re: How to combat the "Wait..., Maybe?" feeling?

Postby Rupert Pupkin » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:07 am

bmathers wrote:Yes, knowing what a wrong answer choice looks like for the question type you are doing (S/W, Inference, Assumption family, paradox, flaw, par reasoning, etc) can help you.

Most importantly is the P word - PREDICT. Predict your answer, and be wary of extreme language (for most question types, with the exception of strengthen/weaken).

Answer choices are not there to help you, they are there to hurt and confuse you. When possible, know what you are looking for before going to the answer choices.


This is what helped me

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Re: How to combat the "Wait..., Maybe?" feeling?

Postby Stardust84 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:15 am

I agree with above. Get to the place where you are making a prediction on an answer choice before you dive into the choices. What helped me get to that point was spending more time with the stimulus. When I first started prepping I spent too little time comprehending the stimulus and then jumping too quickly into the answer choices and spent twice or three times as much time dealing with answers than I did with the stimulus itself. By the time I was scoring In the 170s I spent twice as much time working in the stimulus then I did when I first started out prepping for the exam. That actually allowed me to get the answer choices in a quarter of the time, and on balance it was way more efficient and accurate.

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