LIL posted a new topic called Ron Purewal got (another) 800 (Q51/V51, IR8, AWA6) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I know it''s been a moment since Ron (lunarpower) has been on here, but I just wanted to let y''all know that he went ahead and asked GMAC to take him off the no-fly list so he could take the test again. He took it on May 18, 2018, and got an 800. Oh, and he cancelled it in an attempt to not get ...”
May 31, 2018
LIL posted a reply to Study Time in the GMAT Strategy forum
“No. Don''t study every day. Also, don''t work out every day. Maybe study every other day and work out on the days you don''t study? Or something like that. You definitely don''t need to be studying six hours a day -- you won''t really improve like that, you''ll just burn out. See: ...”
September 26, 2012
LIL posted a reply to ***HELP*** I'm having a complete GMAT meltdown!!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Your score has slipped because you are taking one four-hour exam Every. Single. Day. If your test is on Monday, what you should really do is stop taking exams, and maybe even stop looking at the GMAT completely, and just take a few days off, sleep, have fun, watch some football, get your nails ...”
September 21, 2012
LIL posted a reply to My GMAT Strategy - What do you think? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You should probably take a diagnostic CAT exam to determine where you really are. Paper exams are pretty different from adaptive tests, so taking a CAT exam will more accurately give you an idea of where you are on the scoring scale at the beginning. Plenty of prep companies offer free diagnostic ...”
September 21, 2012
LIL posted a reply to Testing the GMATPrep scoring algorithm for Quant section in the GMAT Strategy forum
“51, though 98th percentile, is the highest score you can get on quant. and on verbal. but in verbal it''s 99th.”
July 14, 2012
LIL posted a reply to Digital Music SC from Question Pack 1. in the Sentence Correction forum
“it''s possible that a theoretical instructor''s wife might come here to offer up a professional writer''s insight into the verbal section.”
May 25, 2012
LIL posted a reply to Press Secretary: in the Critical Reasoning forum
“It''s not E -- E states that nonpartisan reports are not regarded by opposition parties as objective, and the press secretary is offering up a nonpartisan report as an example of how objective the president is being. -- B, on the other hand, is essential to the press secretary''s argument. ...”
May 5, 2012
LIL posted a reply to I don't know where to even start.....570 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Quick question -- you say that your "lowest gmat prep score was a 630." How many times did you go through GMAT Prep? If it was more than once (as in, you took each of the two tests only once), your score was likely artificially inflated since you probably saw certain problems multiple ...”
May 5, 2012
LIL posted a reply to From 480/ 660 to 710: Testing with 100% Extra Time in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“um, all of the other tests you mentioned are also available outside of the US. i took both the SAT and the ACT in japan.”
August 14, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Confusing Assumption question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“the answer is c. -- the argument is that a program designed to lower the rate of pregnancy did not work, because the dropout rate for female students increased. this has to be based on the assumption that pregnancy is a leading reason for female dropouts, or the argument wouldn''t be able to ...”
July 14, 2011
LIL posted a reply to OG-12. 2nd edition (Blue) 21-Aphasia in the Critical Reasoning forum
“first of all, think about what you just said -- you think c is better, even though c does not help us strengthen the idea that the right side compensates for the left side. sorry dude, but that is like saying, "even though i think c is incorrect, i think it''s the best answer." ... ...”
June 29, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Number of subway riders in the Critical Reasoning forum
“correct answer, incorrect reasoning. correct answer and correct reasoning. also, riders who rummage through their pockets are showing pickpocketers where they keep their valuable objects. i don''t think this is true. this only works if you''re using bubbliiiii''s reasoning. (i.e. that ...”
June 29, 2011
LIL posted a reply to conclusion of the argument ? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“au contraire, monsieur, nowhere does it state that "some people do not have control over their behavior." rather, the paragraph says "no person should be held accountable for behavior over which he or she had no control." this doesn''t mean that some people have no control, it ...”
June 23, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Tough CR - Knewton in the Critical Reasoning forum
“(e) the passage says this: horses'' legs today have special bones which allow them to run. eohippus, an ancestor of today''s horses, had similar bones in its legs. therefore, eohippus must have used these bones for running. we want to weaken the argument that eohippus "must have used ...”
June 9, 2011
LIL posted a reply to 2 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“the answer is (a) let''s take a look at what we''re working with: Some corporations shun the use of executive titles > this is a fact. some corporations do not use executive titles. but why? because they fear that tiles will inhibit communication within the company. ok fine. next: ...”
June 9, 2011
LIL posted a reply to O.G.12 (Q.100) - Need expert help! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“it''s fine to simplify the question stem this way. basically the question is this: which of the following answer choices makes an argument for benchmarking against competitors, rather than against non-competitors? (e) is correct, because if there are "special circumstances" in a ...”
June 9, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Hot sauses in the Sentence Correction forum
“THIS. ahahahahhaha”
June 9, 2011
LIL posted a reply to OG RC #76 in the Reading Comprehension forum
“well, there''s a big difference between trying to understand where the makers of the GMAT are coming from...and trying to rewrite the test yourself. as i said before, the reason it''s dangerous to come up with your own answers is because 1) they are not real answers, and 2) you are highly ...”
June 8, 2011
LIL posted a reply to OG RC #76 in the Reading Comprehension forum
“making up answers and then speculating on whether or not they might be correct doesn''t seem like a good strategy. it''s almost as bad as, idk, arguing with official answers. first of all, the answer you make up will invariably be both incorrect and not something the GMAC would have put on the ...”
June 8, 2011
LIL posted a reply to parallelism in comparison in the Sentence Correction forum
“the answer is E. In comparing Freud’s view of human behavior to those of B.F. Skinner, one notes vast differences in their explanations of human actions and motivations, but certain similarities in the comprehensiveness and ultimate inflexibility of their approaches a) In comparing Freud’s ...”
June 8, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Following several years of declining advertising sales...... in the Critical Reasoning forum
“well...the OP was wrong in eliminating the other options. the correct answer is A. let''s break it down: two years ago, the greenville times reorganized its ad sales. blah blah blah info on the reorg. after the reorganization, sales increased. now, we want to know if the increased sales ...”
June 8, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Comparison in the Sentence Correction forum
“this is incorrect. "therefore" doesn''t need to be surrounded by commas. for example: i think; therefore, i am < haha ok that''s sort of like surrounding it by commas my boyfriend was injured and therefore unable to play in saturday''s game. ron''s macbook air is light and ...”
June 8, 2011
LIL posted a reply to City Council in the Critical Reasoning forum
“^ This is the conclusion. This is an argument in favor of the conclusion. We are trying to weaken this, as evidenced by: A is incorrect because it simply states that the members of the council receive sizable contributions from environmental groups. This doesn''t weaken the ...”
June 8, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Tricky RC in the Reading Comprehension forum
“i would go with option (b) according to the passage, impact theory suggests that the moon is a chunk of the earth that broke off, perhaps because of a major asteroid impact. fission theory, on the other hand, suggests that the earth spun so rapidly that material flew off of it and later coalesced ...”
May 11, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Tough Old GMAT passage in the Reading Comprehension forum
“yeah, this one is pretty long. here is a super-quick rundown, but it looks like others have already gotten it down pat. 1. (d) - the passage describes two models of metropolitan growth (concentric and hoyt''s) and then says that neither model is effective for describing urban growth today 2. ...”
May 11, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Solar pond in the Reading Comprehension forum
“the answer to the first question is (c) the conclusion of the last paragraph is that the method the experiment described -- increasing salinity through evaporation, diluting the water with a rapid inflow of fresh water -- "allows for effective control of nuisance algae." in other ...”
May 11, 2011
LIL posted a reply to The number - CR power score bible in the Critical Reasoning forum
“note that the question says the number of children who are obese is increasing. it then defines "obese children" as "children with more body fat than 85 percent of children their age." so obese children will always be 15 percent of the population. that means that if the number ...”
May 11, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Dolphins in the Critical Reasoning forum
“there is a lot of confusion on this thread. "wean" means to gradually stop drinking the mother''s milk. the argument in the passage is that dolphin calves are dying because their mother''s milk is poisoned. (a) says the survival rate of firstborn calves is higher if the mother ...”
May 10, 2011
LIL posted a reply to CR- help required in the Critical Reasoning forum
“ok, that original post was all over the place, but i assume you are asking why (d) is correct, and why (b) is incorrect? (b) is incorrect because the study cited is about the smoking habits of smokers. thus, the smoking habits (or non-smoking habits) of non-smokers is obviously not an assumption ...”
May 10, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Easy to fall for in the Sentence Correction forum
“perhaps this is where you are not understanding. "is" is also a verb. the past tense of "is" is "was."”
May 10, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Home Exercise Equipment problem in the Critical Reasoning forum
“first of all, "save your money" is not the conclusion. "save your money" is a command by the speaker, but the actual conclusion of the argument is "running on a track is the same as running on a hi-tech treadmill." secondly, even if the conclusion was "you will ...”
May 10, 2011
LIL posted a reply to cr from gmatclub in the Critical Reasoning forum
“well...it doesn''t matter how they make the hotel rooms. (e) says that converting an office building to a hotel is different from building a hotel. first of all, we have no idea if "different from" means "better" or "worse" (it says "on average, hotels created by ...”
May 10, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Easy to fall for in the Sentence Correction forum
“think of "appear" the same way you''re thinking of "belief" -- you say that you think the "thrust is on ''belief,'' so it doesn''t matter if the subject is still around" going by the same logic, the "thrust" would be on "appear" -- e.g. "the ...”
May 10, 2011
LIL posted a reply to cr from gmatclub in the Critical Reasoning forum
“the question is whether or not it makes sense for centennial commercial to change its office buildings into hotels. (b) works because if office buildings will be in high demand in the future, it might not make sense to change office buildings (which will be in high demand) into hotels (which will ...”
May 6, 2011
LIL posted a reply to air Travel in the Critical Reasoning forum
“the answer is (a) here''s why (c) and (d) are incorrect: (c) says that air travel is less dangerous than other types of transportation. the original question simply says that air travel is becoming more dangerous than it was before, not that it is becoming more dangerous than other types of ...”
May 5, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Gmat CR--I found this bit confusing in the Critical Reasoning forum
“let''s break it down, yo irritant/reflex tears protect the eye. dr. fields suggests that emotional tears are different--instead of protecting the eye, they get rid of bad things in the body that occur when people are stressed. "all of the following arguments suggest that this is ...”
May 5, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Reading Comprehension .......... in the Reading Comprehension forum
“this passage is confusing -- what''s the source of this problem? does anyone know the OA? because i did a quick search and people are saying that the OA to the first question is (e), but i would say with about 99.977% confidence that (e) is wrong.”
May 5, 2011
LIL posted a reply to og 12, 122 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“let''s break it down, yo. here''s what we have: we found a part of a bone flute made by neanderthals. this part of the bone flute plays part of the diatonic scale. thus, we think that maybe the diatonic scale was NOT INVENTED BY THE WEST. so we need to find something that shows that ...”
May 5, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Powerscore CR bible question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“here is a better way to know if you should consider the information true or not: instead of thinking "if i see a ''weaken the argument'' question, i should consider the answers to be true," think "if the question tells me to consider the answers true" i should...follow the ...”
May 4, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Evaluate the argument in the Critical Reasoning forum
“hmm. i''m pretty sure that unless the problem says something specifically out of the ordinary (e.g. "over 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a living parent that also holds a doctorate"), you are expected to exercise a certain amount of "common sense." in other ...”
May 4, 2011
LIL posted a reply to 99, og 12 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“(c) cooking is usually the final step in preparing food for consumption, whereas irradiation serves to ensure a longer shelf life for perishable foods imo, (c) doesn''t seem to be saying anything...at all. it says two things: 1) cooking is the last step before you eat 2) irradiation makes ...”
May 4, 2011
LIL posted a reply to 99, og 12 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“let''s break it down, yo. here''s the basic gist of the problem: irradiating food makes it last longer. unfortunately, it also makes the food less nutritious. people who think irradiation is awesome point out that, while irradiation makes food less nutritious, so does cooking. but this is a ...”
May 4, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Powerscore CR bible question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I think you have to assume the proposal was made by humans, for the benefit of humans. Hence the first part of the problem stating "lobsters and other crustaceans eaten by humans."”
May 4, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Urgent..for All GMAT takers from 1st April till now .. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“night reader -- perhaps you should check up on ron''s posts, i hear he has quite the following on this forum. here''s a thread where someone compiled a bunch of his tips: http://www.beatthegmat.com/papgust-s-gmat-sentence-correction-flashcards-directory-t58950.html it also depends on how ...”
April 15, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Lie Detectors in the Sentence Correction forum
“you can also interpret it this way. for example, if i said "the governments of spain and italy..." a certain group of people (FREE CATALUNYA) would probably think i *was* talking about at least 3 governments. still this is beside the point, because while the plural "governments" ...”
April 14, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Lie Detectors in the Sentence Correction forum
“i think it''s different because "children" is the plural of "child," whereas "government" is not the plural of "government." e.g. it would be okay to say "the governments of country x and country y are democratic" > both country x and country y ...”
April 14, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Sentence Correction in the Sentence Correction forum
“i don''t think these are both grammatically correct. the first two are fine *if* you don''t add anything to the end. once you add "in the class" to the end of the sentence(s), you shouldn''t split up "anyone else" and "in the class." so "i contributed more to the ...”
April 14, 2011
LIL started following lunarpower
April 14, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Urgent..for All GMAT takers from 1st April till now .. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“i suppose this is *not* certain. it''s possible that all of your experimental questions will "randomly" appear in one chunk. assuming the gmac hasn''t taken this possibility into account, of course, and designed the test to ensure such a thing doesn''t happen (i don''t know if they have, ...”
April 13, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Urgent..for All GMAT takers from 1st April till now .. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“if anything, the fact that you were "under the impression" that the questions you got were "very hard" is a sign that the algorithm is working as it should be. because the test is adaptive, most of the questions you will see will be just beyond your comfort zone in terms of ...”
April 13, 2011
LIL started following lunarpower
April 13, 2011
LIL started following lunarpower
April 13, 2011
LIL posted a reply to Urgent..for All GMAT takers from 1st April till now .. in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“this is an interesting hypothesis. are you suggesting that you scored poorly because all of your initial questions were experimental questions and thus not counted? on what do you base this hypothesis? afaik experimental questions are peppered throughout the exam in every instance, and it is ...”
April 13, 2011