Students who took the December 2013 LSAT (PrepTest 71) faced a Games section that was quite manageable, presenting four games without any extreme difficulty or unusual elements. Let’s take a brief look at that Logic Games section, and review what occurred:
Game #1: Film Release Schedule, a Basic Linear Game
The first game of the section is an extremely straightforward Linear game, providing test takers with a very favorable start. The three rules include all six variables, and are connected by the placement of both J and L. The only twist to this game came with the final question, a Rule Substitution question hinging on the restrictions that F must be first or second, and only K can be placed ahead of it.
Game #2: Job Application Evaluations, a Grouping Game
Game 2 is a Grouping game, made somewhat complicated by the Unbalanced distribution of 7 applicants to 4 human resource officers. That 7-to-4 distribution led to three possibilities that proved crucial to successfully attacking the questions: 4-1-1-1, 3-2-1-1, and 2-2-2-1. Focusing on the distribution possibilities and their affect on the groups that could be formed (for instance, the 4-1-1-1 option means that S gets F, L, H, and M, and the other three applicants go individually to the other three officers) allowed informed test takers to progress through this game without much trouble. With two fairly basic games to start the section most people were feeling good.
Game #3: Book Discussions and Summaries, an Advanced Linear Game
This game caught some test takers off guard, as the ordering of book discussions was coupled with the possibility of the books being summarized or not, however students who recognized it as an Advanced Linear game and set it up accordingly had little trouble with the rules and inferences. The critical inference was that O had to be discussed fourth, with N, T, and F in the first three spots (N ahead of T), and K and R in the last two spots, not necessarily in that order. With such limited arrangement options, the key element for the questions was the Summarized/Not Summarized consideration: the conditional rule with N related to R and T, and no consecutive summaries. Interstingly, this game, like the first, ended with a Rule Substitution question.
Game #4: Museum Painting Arrangement, a Basic Linear Game
After three fairly easy games, it would have been reasonable to expect a very difficult fourth game. Yet, surprisingly, test takers found themselves ending the section with another Basic Linear game, somewhat reminiscent of the first. Here, paintings are being arranged from 1-7 based on proximity to a museum entrance, and the four rules present a predictable variety of linear ideas allowing for some useful inferences. The final rule is arguably the most challenging, however it simply establishes that V must be third or fourth. That split option, along with the limited placement of the RM block, made the final game a welcome conclusion to an altogether favorable section.
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In conclusion, the four games on the December 2013 LSAT were both extremely predictable, and extremely straightforward. Basic Linear games begin and end the section, and Grouping and Advanced Linear round out the set, making these games some of the most favorable in recent memory, and providing a testament to the power and importance of solid preparation!
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