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When *not* to pre-phrase or articulate an answer prior to reviewing the answer choices.?

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kaveh180
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When *not* to pre-phrase or articulate an answer prior to reviewing the answer choices.?

Dave has made clear the importance of articulating an answer prior to reviewing the answer choices, which is obviously an essential strategy. However, I have noticed several types of questions where pre-phrasing may be a worse option than immediately reviewing the answer choices. Just off the top of my head, I encounter these types of questions often times with parallel reasoning and principle questions, although there might be other instances. Overall, are there concrete times where it is recommended NOT to completely articulate an answer before reviewing the answer choices, because let's be honest, to fully articulate an answer (as opposed to consciously registering what an answer should roughly look like) is time consuming--particularly on the aforementioned types of questions...

Thanks and good luck!

majorgeneraldave
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I recommend that you always form an answer in all of your practice. That's how you get better; over time, the process becomes more natural with practice.

For Parallel questions in particular, remember that I'm not advocating that you construct a parallel answer choice from wholecloth before examining answer choices—the system here is the same as that for Method questions.

kaveh180
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I haven't made it that far in the text yet--i'm about to start Ch 6 in the LR book. Maybe when I make it further in the course I will have a better understanding of the system for method and parallel questions

majorgeneraldave
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Yeah; my thinking is that in some cases, it's more important to have the shape of an answer—what form it will take—than to try to anticipate its substance.

Make sense?

kaveh180
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yeah that's exactly the articulation of the point I was trying to convey... And I definitely know what you mean about how articulating an answer becomes a habit with practice. I have experienced this, and it has made me a lot more confident about taking on the test; hopefully I will continue to hone this skill. As always, thank you for the reply

majorgeneraldave
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Awesome. I love to hear that you're succeeding!

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