LSAT: Logic Game Preparation
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LSAT: Logic Game Preparation

Studying for the LSAT; preparation tactics for the Logic Games portion of the exam. This article outlines what to expect from the Logic Games or Analytic Reasoning portion. Presenting different questions types to be anticipated as well as the tactics used to make the most of the time and skills you have.

During the Logic Games portion of the LSAT your skills in Analytic Reasoning: organization, mental agility, memory, and concentration will all be tested.  The Logic Games often present the greatest area for improvement in most LSAT scores despite the abundance of Logical Reasoning questions.  This is partly due to the difficult nature of the Logic Games, as well as, most students being unfamiliar with Analytic Reasoning.  Logic Games are formed of three parts: the introduction paragraph, a list of rules, and multiple question sets of multiple choice answers.

After reading the introduction paragraph you should form a Overview of: the Situation, cast of Characters, Actions, and Limitations.  Common actions  to be performed will be sequencing, matching, distribution, or selection games.  Sketch a master copy of the Logic Game in a top corner of the LSAT test booklet.  There will be no sketch paper provided or allowed on the LSAT; it is important to sketch small and clear.  While practicing remember that your shorthand need only make sense for you; but do not get so complicated as to confuse yourself.  Visualize and interpret the Rules into a representation on your master sketch.  Any 'if' rules will always require a new copy of the master sketch with the addition of the new rule.  Use deductive reasoning to fill in the unknown portions of the sketch: bloc characters, limiting options, definite characters, numbers, and characters in multiple rules. 

Read all the questions first then work through systematically; approximately half the questions can be answered in the four steps to Logic Games outlined above.  Any question with unique rules or 'if' rules should be sketched.  Keep tract of which sketch pertains to each question.  When a question asks for a complete or accurate list it is prudent to postpone this task until answering any questions that draw diagrams that may help in determining character placement.  Reorder the questions to utilize earlier work on the later questions.

Logic Games will include four main actions as well as their hybrids to perform: sequencing, matching, distributions, and selections.  Sequencing games are by far the most common game.  Start with any characters placed in specific places or concrete locations; then characters eliminated from specific locations.  Look then for those in relation: adjacent to, following, immediately preceding or in relative position to one another.  Matching games should build the table around concrete characters while filling it in with the more fluid aspects.  In Distribution games look for which entities are barred from particular groups, which must be placed in the same sub-groups, and which cannot be placed in the same sub-groups.  During selection games a group will be selected out of a larger whole.  In the process look for those characters who rely on one or more characters selection or for those who cannot both be chosen. 

Section management is the core in all the LSAT strategies, as in the Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections, all questions in the Logic Games portion are of equal value.  Plan to preview and then complete Logic Games in the order that plays to personal strengths.  Begin by skimming all four logic games in under a minute, use this time to look for: concreteness, simplicity, familiarity,  and brevity.  Look for the questions associated with each Logic Game; take difficulty, number of questions and any 'if' questions into account.  Practice reordering the Logic Games in this way to increase the number of questions you can answer per diagram drawn.  This maximization technique will increase LSAT scores simply by encountering more questions at a lower skill level.  It is a helpful tip to fill in answers during the Logic Game portion each game at a time rather than each question.  Some skills are used throughout the LSAT Analytic Reasoning tests the understanding of the full meaning of statements as well Formal Logic can be quite useful in the Logic Games.

Personal study and sources owe credit to Kaplain LSAT Premier

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Interesting. Voted. Thank you Jerrod for friendship and support.