The Last Push: Logic Games
- Jun 02, 2017
The Logic Games section is your most important section on the LSAT. This is because most of your improvement on the LSAT will come from the Logic Games section, which is by far the most learnable section of the test.
So with two weekends between you and the LSAT, let’s go over what you should concentrate on in your last push for Logic Games greatness.
1. Everything Timed
From here on out, you should do all of your games timed. Ideally, you want to do full sections of the test to get used to managing your time between easy and hard games. A very easy game should take you about 6 to 7 minutes, maximum. This is so you can take a few extra minutes to try to figure out the monster hard game you’ll see (usually) at the end of the section.
You should also revisit old games that have given you trouble in the past. Do these with a timer as well. Give yourself anywhere from 5 to 8.5 minutes per game, depending on difficulty.
2. Learn the game types
The most neglected skill on the Logic Games section is learning to identify the game types. You wouldn’t dream of going through the Logical Reasoning section without knowing the difference between the LR question types, but pretty much everyone tries to wing it when it comes to Logic Games. Don’t do that.
Memorize the Logic Games types and their relevant strategies. The most important skill here is knowing when to play the numbers and figure out the distributions in a game. Without this, you will always be a Logic Games rookie.
3. Review scenario friendly games
The key to finishing all the games in time and with a good score is to spot scenario-building opportunities like a pro. If you’re at all uncomfortable with this skill, go back into your LG history and pull up all the games you should have solved using scenarios. Redo all of these games until you have all the reasons why these games required scenario setups memorized.
Don’t forget that while a game might not break down into scenarios, a strong conditional question may constrain the game enough such that you should solve that particular question using scenarios.
4. Take a day off
If you found your performance suffering all of a sudden during this last push, you might need to take a break. Usually, one full day off of nothing LSAT related and plenty of sleep should do it. Sometimes you just need to let your brain rest a bit.
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