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edited December 2014 578 karma
Let's face it, we don't have time to diagram logical reasoning questions on the test especially if your a slow reader like me. So when I get to parallel questions it pisses me off cause I have to sit there and diagram the stimulus and every answer choice until I get to the right one.

So instead of diagramming parallel questions, I just put it like this: A-->B B--->C therefore A--->C and try to find an answer choice that follows the same logic instead of diagramming the actual words in the stimulus.
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What I do is number the points as they are introduced. So in the end if I see if I have the pattern 1221 or 2113 or something like that in the stimulus, know what to look for in the answer choices
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Oh I like the number thing! The letters is good too, but for some reason the numbers will be easier for me, but then again logic games are easier for me than LR
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try it!it works every time!
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Can you elaborate or give an example of the numbers method?
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I always skip parallel questions. They're such a time sink for me. Could you explain the numbers method?
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I don't understand the number method.

Instead of A--> B you put 1-->2?
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I don't understand the numbers either.
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Often there's two or even three easy deletes among the answer choices because of disparities between all/some/probably/most etc. E.g., if the stimulus is somes and possibles, then strike out any answer choice that is expressing stuff more strongly -- you don't even have to look at the conditional relationships because you know it's not parallel already. Honestly though, a lot of the time I just skip the questions that instantly depress me by taking up a half page and come back to them only if I have time. Only if a brief scan on the basis above quickly narrows it down to two answer choices would I think of taking the time to give it a go first time through as I run tight on time.
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Yea, I usually skip these question types and only come back to them when and if I have time left. Since they're time sink questions.