The questions are designed to be confusing and misleading. Without proper preparation or diagrams, they can be very difficult to answer in the allotted time.
The sheer number of variations in the logic games can be intimidating. Linear games, advanced linear games, grouping, sequencing, and combinations of multiple games have all appeared on recent LSATs, and provide quite the daunting challenge for students who initially struggle with them. But should you lose sleep over them? An objective look at how the LSAT is designed can help lessen some of the worry the logic games instill is some takers.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind if You are Struggling
with the Logic Games on the LSAT:
First, note that the logic games portion is probably the
easiest section to raise your score through study.
Once you learn how the games work, and practice setting up and filling in diagrams to help you make the inferences faster, these become much easier over time. Students who struggle with the logic games can dramatically increase their scores through additional study and/or tutoring. Creating a system to approaching logic games in a consistent manner is a key way to increase your score.
There really is not a right or wrong way to diagram them, as long as it makes sense to you and allows you to apply the inferences provided to answer the questions. We’ve had students who raise their score from 5 or 8 out of 23 questions to 20-23 correct! (If you are looking for LSAT tutoring to help you improve your score on the logic games, please feel free to contact us! We have helped many students come up with good diagramming systems that they find works for them!)
Second, remember that the logic games is worth
less than 25% of your score.
The logic games portion actually accounts for less than 25% of your total score. How can that be, when it is one of four sections? Unlike the logical reasoning sections, which will have twenty-five or twenty-six questions each, or the reading comprehension section, which generally has twenty-six or twenty-seven questions, the logic games portion, in recent years, typically has only twenty-three questions.
So while it is the easiest section to improve in, it is worth the least of any section towards your overall score. The logical reasoning sections are the bulk of the test, and account for roughly 50% of the total questions scored. And the reading comprehension makes up the rest of your score.
Third, look at recent LSAT’s to develop your approach!
The fact that logic games are not worth the highest percent of your score does not mean that they can be completely written off. Not adequately preparing for any section of the LSAT is a recipe for disaster, and you will be punished if you have not familiarized yourself with the concepts tested on at least a few years’ worth of previous tests.
The logic games do change over time, but the basic concept for solving them stays the same. Once you get a systematic approach for a particular type of game, you can master any scenario, regardless of the amount of twists the test makers throw in.
So for those who struggle slightly on the logic games, do not worry! Not getting every single question right will not doom you to a low overall score.
Whatever you choose to do to fill your time while waiting for LSAT results, good luck! Remember, the only thing you can control is the future! Keep moving forward.
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