# LSAT and Law School Admissions Blog

(To learn more about guessing on the Logical Reasoning section, check out Part II of this blog series. For guessing on the Reading Comprehension section, read Part III. )

Since there is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT, it goes without saying that you shouldn't leave any bubbles blank. Precisely how you guess, however, depends on a number of factors: Are you a strong test-taker? Can you at least narrow down your possible choices? Which questions do you need to guess on?

Let's break it down:

1. Do you need to resort to blind guessing?

According to our Guessing Strategy and Probability Tables, you would be best served by always guessing answer choice (B) when guessing on the LSAT Logic Games section. Do not choose random answer choices; do not put in a pattern such as A-B-C-D-E etcetera. Although guessing answer choice (B) obviously does not guarantee you will get the questions correct, if history is any indicator then guessing answer choice (B) gives you a better chance than guessing randomly.

2. Are you running out of time on the last game?

The percentage appearance of correct answer choices in the last five questions of the LG section (June 1991 - June 2016) is as follows:

• A: 22.1%
• B: 21.2%
• C: 18.6%
• D: 19.0%
• E: 19.0%
As this breakdown indicates, if you need to guess on any of the last five questions of the LG section, you should guess answer choice (A). Notice the significant statistical deviation of answer choice (C). Answer choice (C) is not a good answer choice to guess in the last five questions!

3. Are you able to finish your LG section, but need to guess on the last question of each game?

Many students, when faced with the prospect of not getting to the last game at all, choose a slightly different approach: instead of forfeiting an entire game, they choose to skip the last question of each game in order to finish all four games. This strategy makes perfect sense, for two reasons: 1) many games - even the "easy" ones - contain a difficult question or two, and these questions tend to be the last ones in the game. This is not a given, obviously, but it happens more often than not; and 2) Guessing on a total of 4 questions - one question per game - has a much more favorable outcome than guessing on an entire game, because even the shortest games have 5 questions. Most games have 6 questions, and some have 7! So, the decision to skip the last question of each game makes perfect sense, as long as it allows you to finish your section without rushing.

If you decide to give this a try, it would be nice to know the percentage appearance of the correct answer of the last question in each game over the years. Well, here it is:
• Game 1: Choose either C or D (each have a 24.4% probability of being correct)
• Game 2: Choose B (24.4%)
• Game 3: Choose B (24.4%)
• Game 4: Choose C (23.2%)

4. Can you at least narrow down your possible choices?