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 Luke Haqq
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Hi cd1010!

One piece of advice for being effective at hypotheticals is to make note of whether the question is asking about a random variable (one not mentioned in any rules) versus a constrained variable. A related piece of advice is to note whether you are dealing with a could be true or a must be true question.

If you are dealing with a could be true question, then I'd go straight to any answer choices that use the random variables. In that case, all you need is one arrangement of the variables that works, so if one of those answer choices works, you can select it and move on. By contrast, if you are dealing with a must be true question, I'd instead start with the variables that are the most constrained by the rules.

That isn't a hard and fast rule. For example, a could be true question could still test a variable that is constrained by the rules, rather than only random variables, and a must be true question could test a random. Nevertheless, that can provide you with a strategy that will hopefully enable you to tackle hypotheticals in general more efficiently.

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