What are Logic Games?
Analytical Reasoning (AKA “LSAT Logic Games”) ask you to diagram out complex statements in a methodical fashion to arrive at logical deductions. This is painstaking work that requires attention to detail. The good news is that for the last 20 years there have been only three major types of LSAT logic games:
- Ordering Games (also called “Linear Games”)
- Grouping Games (also called “Matching Games”)
- Hybrid Games (also called “Mixed Games”)
- We include Networking Games, but they’ve been rare on the LSAT for 20+ years, so we don’t suggest that you review them.
Logic Games have three parts: Introduction, Rules, and Questions. Here’s what a Logic Game and its questions looks like:
- Read the question rules.
- Determine the game type (Ordering, Grouping, or Hybrid, etc).
- Draw out diagrams.
- Answer the questions.
- Do this with four games in 35 minutes.
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Without Rules there would be limitless arrangements. Rules limit possible arrangements but are difficult and time consuming to work out.
Two strategies for dealing with Rules:
- Diagram them meticulously
- Look for all the possible implications of them (Inferences will be discussed later.)
You have to learn how to make these diagrams down pat so that you can do it under the staggering time pressure of test day. There are two main techniques:
- Speed abbreviation techniques: summarize diagrams in a consistent and quick manner.
- Inferences: draw extended logical inferences as second nature (this is also on the Logical Reasoning section).
The Logic Games section favors calmness under pressure. Often very bright students don’t have this skill. What does this mean: you need to practice the LSAT Logic Games extensively so that on test day you have it down cold.
SKIP A GAME?
The four LSAT games typically get progressively difficult. If you are a below average LSAT student, you should probably aim to just solve three of the games (the easier three). If one game is impossible and you are getting bogged down, fold and move on. Don’t get caught up in the Sunk Cost Fallacy where you continue in a pointless task simply because you have invested so much into it.
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