Multiple Flaws per question possible?

  • August 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm #3280
    jbontemps
    Participant

    Hi Im studying to take the test this September and am pretty good at recognizing and pinpointing flaws but at times come up with more than one Flaw per question.

    Am I not finding the flaw in these cases(or coming up with incorrect ones) or is it possible there’re multiple(at least two)flaws for certain questions (i.e. With drill A, pg.285
    “…public knows less about the news [due to switch to electronics]. Studies show that people retain less of what they read on a electronic device as opposed to…[standard grey newspaper]”

    I thought that the flaw was that those studies may have misrepresented or underrepresented the general public but the flaw in the book was that retaining less doesn’t = knowing less (which I understand but didn’t think of or see at the time)

  • August 24, 2017 at 8:46 am #3282
    Mike Kim
    Keymaster

    Hey — it certainly is possible to see multiple flaws — it’s also often tough to draw a clear line between seeing different flaws, and seeing the same flaw in different ways — so, it’s certainly understandable and expected — you can typically manage such situations just fine if you a) have a clear and correct understanding of the conclusion and support b) have strong elimination skills and c) can stay flexible in terms of what you look for in right answers.

    In terms of the specific issue of misrepresentation / underrepresentation — most commonly what you would see is a change in subject matter or some other more explicit indication that the group discussed in the conclusion and the group involved in the study are mismatched — for example, a conclusion about people in general, and a survey that only accounts for adults of a certain age group.

    HTH and good luck with the Sept exam — MK

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