Acing the LSAT Logic Games

Everyone giving LSAT feels logic games section one of most difficult. If you think solving logic games within 7 minutes is impossible, then you must think again because with the help of the following tips it can be done.

  1. Draw diagrams: A lot of LSAT preparation coursers ask to draw a grid per game to score more in LSAT Logic Games section, instead of a slot diagram. What are slot diagrams? It’s one simple way of mapping the information during combination and linear games i.e. games with grouping and a linear element. Grids consume a lot of time but it is easy to draw slots for letters (in a thing game/six persons, it appears like: _ _ _ _ _ _) and it requires less time and space.
  1. Using diagram from previous questions: To save time, it is required that diagrams of a few questions from each game is kept along. Drawing separate diagrams along the answers written for each question starting with “if” can take more time. For sketching the main diagram, use the available space provided at the page bottom. In majority of LSAT Logic Games, there is a chance that the diagram drawn previously can be used again for the later question in that particular game. This helps in saving time and you don’t have to draw it all over again.
  1. Make diagrams before looking at the options for all the questions starting with “if”: If you take a look at any logic game, it is seen that the questions are like: “If P is made to sit in first position, which of the given statements are true?” Or “If Q is made to sit last, then it is true that….”. Stop going through a question immediately after reading half the sentence and start sketching the diagram according to whatever is true. Moreover, this sketch will lead to the right answer. Now, instead of reading through given choices and making diagrams for each one of them, you have saved a lot of valuable time by predicting the right answer effectively. This is how you can score more in LSAT Logic Games.
  1. In a general “acceptability” question, apply the rule for each answer choice individually: Most of LSAT Logic Games begin with questions like “Which of the ensuing or following is accepted as assignment/ grouping/ ordering…” etc. Amongst the given five choices, four will contain a sort of scenario violated by one or the other rule, while one choice will be correct and acceptable. The two ways of attacking these questions are: Slow way – look at the first choice i.e. “A” and check if it follows approximately 5 rules of logic game. If not then move to second option i.e. “B”, etc. This method requires students to move from the choices to rules again, wasting a minute of what can be used for the easy questions. There is another efficient method in which “assembly-line” is taken for such type of questions. Take first rule of the game and see if it goes with each option. After eliminating 1-2 choices, go on to the other rule and relate to the answer choices that are remaining.
  1. When there are limited possibilities in the game, map all of them out: At times, the rule of LSAT Logic Games interacts in a restricting way. For instance: a question about placing 7 trucks in one certain order, after placing the 4 trucks the possibility of placing the other 3 became restricted. Trucks U, Z and X are left-out ones that were still needed to be placed. Because U had to come after Z, the options were “XZU”, “ZUX” or “ZXU”. Of course, the possibility was to map one and start another if it didn’t work. Nevertheless, a lot of students ended up trying one possibility and became frustrated after wasting their valuable time and seeing it didn’t work.

For each possibility, it is easier to draw “should be true” or “skeleton” aspects and then check which will actually work. Listen to each possibility straightaway and the go through the questions of LSAT Logic Games. Bottom line: do only 1 type of work at one time (sketching each possibility and then going through the given options of the questions). This will help in reducing the time spent significantly on LSAT Logic Games and you can devote it to other sections.