Students frequently ask questions over on our Free LSAT Forum. It’s a great resource for you to connect with fellow test-takers and with LSAT experts on all things LSAT and Law School Admissions. A common struggle students have and express there is the Logic Games section. In this particular post, a test-taker struggling with Logic Games about a week away from the test asks for last minute tips to help get them through the section. While we certainly recommend a more thorough conceptual understanding of the Logic Games section as a whole, our Senior Instructor helps this student by providing some rapid-fire last-minute tips in order to get the most out of the Logic Games section on test day.
Logic Games are by far my worst section, I just don’t seem to “get” them. With only a few days until the June LSAT, I plan on just drilling them and doing as many games as I possibly can but I think it’s time to just simply work on my strategy for the games now.
Are there any LG testing strategies that anyone would suggest? I typically can only get through 2 games under the pressure of the timed PT’s. Should I just try to focus on only attacking 2 or 3? Are there any scenarios I should just straight out avoid since I’m just generally not a LG person?
Last Minute Tips
With only a short amount of time left until your test, all we can do is give you “last minute” strategy tips. A more thorough conceptual understanding of the LG section, however, will undoubtedly help you achieve a much higher score. Are you dead-set on taking this test? How did you prep for it in general? What approach are you using to the LG section?
If last-minute tips are what you’re looking for, here are a few:
- Identify the types of games you are strongest on (e.g. Basic Linear, Defined Grouping, etc.) and do those games first.
- Focus on completing three out of the four games. Leave for last the game that you believe will be the most difficult, especially if it has only 5 questions in it. This gives you slightly less than 12 minutes/game. Note that difficulty in LG can result from a number of factors, including a large number of variables or variable sets, complex numerical assignments – especially in Grouping Games, convoluted wording in the rule set, conditional rules, etc.
- Skip time-consuming questions, such as “5 If’s”, Justify, and Rule Substitution.
- Make sure to invest enough time at the set-up stage to determine major inferences that result from rule linkage.
- If you notice that the game has a limited number of solutions, sketch out each solution in advance (a Templates/Possibilities approach). This can be time-consuming when applied to the wrong game, however, so be careful with it.
I wish you had more time to devote to this section, as it is by far the easiest section on the test to improve on. Good luck!