# Increasing Your Speed on the LSAT

• Reviewed by: Matt Riley
• If you took the LSAT home with you overnight and worked on it as long as you needed, chances are you’d find yourself with a very impressive score. Unfortunately for many of us, it’s the speeded aspect of the exam that makes everything else about the LSAT more challenging: you need more time to read through a Reading Comp passage, you can’t get to the rule substitution question on a logic game, or you have to skip over the Parallel Flaw question in the Logical Reasoning section. The fact is, most people don’t finish any particular section of the LSAT, but there are many strategies you can use to increase your speed. Here are a few tips you can use to speed up on each of the sections of the LSAT.

## Logic Games

### Approach It Methodically

If you had to get from your house to another town you’d never heard of, you wouldn’t just leave your front door and start running. You’d plan out the steps before you began the trip in order to save time. Logic games work the same way. Many students want to charge blindly ahead through the questions, but you’ll arrive at the right answer much more quickly by identifying the game type, documenting rules, creating a set up, and making deductions.

### Confidence

With games, much of speed comes down to confidence. Once you identify a type of game familiar to you, you can probably work with much less hesitation than a type of game that’s completely new. You should be learning the game types and the correct method for solving each, but once you do that, allow yourself to speed up on those steps that you’ve practiced and save time for the most difficult and novel games.

## Logical Reasoning

### Prioritize by Question Type

You may have noticed that the LR questions are generally easier at the beginning than the end of the section, and prioritized getting those easier questions correct. Even better is identifying the question type and method of solving each question to determine how labor-intensive that question type may be for you. Many people find Parallel and Parallel Flaw questions take the longest to complete, but any question that involves diagramming is also time consuming for many people. Prioritize the questions that will take less time, and then come back to the time-consuming questions at the end.