How to Master LSAT Logic Games

One of the four scored sections of the LSAT is analytical reasoning, informally known as the logic games section to most test takers. The LSAT logic games section contains about 23 questions distributed over 4 "games" that test your skills in logical deduction. The correct answer to each question can be deduced with logic alone; no outside expertise or mathematical formulas are needed. Despite its simple structure, about 40% of law school hopefuls find this to be the most challenging segment of the LSAT.

If you are studying for the LSAT soon and you struggle with analytical reasoning questions, here are some tips that will help you master the logic games section.

First, know that in every LSAT logic game, the given rules and conditions will supply you with enough information to answer the questions. What makes the games difficult is that many questions hinge on a key deduction, a logical consequence of the given restrictions. Before you approach the questions, see if you can combine rules to discover more ways to simplify the game and limit the options.

Don't get hung up on trying to "solve" the games to find a unique "solution." The makers of the LSAT purposely create games so that the conditions admit several possible correct combinations. The accompanying questions often introduce new conditions to help you narrow down the possibilities from the original set up.

Practice drawing diagrams for the main types of LSAT logic games: matching, sequencing, distribution, and selection. If you have trouble making tables and charts, get a logic games workbook that models good diagramming strategies. Or consider taking a LSAT prep course.

Draw neatly on the LSAT exam booklet pages. This point may seem trivial, but the only scratch paper you get during the LSAT are the pages of the test itself! To keep all your figures organized, draw one "master blueprint" at the top of the page, and then smaller question-specific diagrams next to each problem. If you draw them haphazardly wherever there is space, you will get them mixed up.

Many LSAT questions are designed so that you can use the answers or work from previous questions. Use your answers from other questions (within the same LSAT logic game) to find examples and counterexamples when necessary.

The four games are not ordered from easiest to hardest in the LSAT exam booklet, so don't automatically start with the first game. To maximize the number of questions you get right, start with the easiest game, and do the hardest game last. Take 15 seconds to skim the four games to determine their difficulty.

Take timed quizzes at home to practice for the LSAT. You have 35 minutes to complete four LSAT logic games, which is about 9 minutes per game on average. If you can complete easy sequencing games in about 7 minutes, that gives you more time for the challenging distribution games.

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