The LSAT Analytical Reasoning section, better known as the Logic Games section, can either be your most enjoyable or your least favorite section on the LSAT. For most students, the logic games are unlike anything they’ve seen before. To get your highest score possible, take a look at this guide to how to study for the LSAT logic games!
1. Build Your Foundation
As stated in this Magoosh post about the basics of LSAT logic games, “Familiarity with these formal logic statements is probably the single most valuable tool to bring to the LSAT Logic Games section.”
Studying for the LSAT logic games must start with a solid foundation of LSAT logic. If you don’t know how to diagram conditional statement comfortably, you’ll be stuck on many questions. In fact, you might have a hard time getting past your master diagram!
So, if you don’t feel completely comfortable with most types of logical indicator words and different ways to diagram conditional statements, take a step back and drill yourself until you can do it correctly each time. Magoosh LSAT Online Prep provides clear lessons on the formal logic you’ll need to know. Remember to be comfortable with:
- If/then statements
- Compound statements
2. Learn All of the Game Types
A major key to your success on the LSAT logic games is your ability to quickly decide what game-board to use for a game type. You’ll have to be able to read the setup and understand whether you’re dealing with a sequencing games, grouping game, or any other game type. With the Magoosh LSAT Blog, start with this handy post on How to Diagram Common LSAT Logic Games. Save examples of different game type setups and practice diagramming the master diagram. In this way, on test day, you’ll have no problem deciding what to do for each game.
3. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
There is no better case for the phrase “practice makes perfect” than when it comes to mastering the logic games. Your performance on the games will truly depend on how much you’ve been able to practice. When you practice the games, the more familiar you are with the steps you have to take, the faster you will be every time. For example, the first time you try a sequencing game, you might take a long time to understand that “Harold runs on the day before the day Jared runs” means simply that Harold runs the immediate day before Jared.
So, the key is to save your past games. You’ll want to revisit the games you’ve done in the past but didn’t do well. Repeat and practice these logic games until you get all questions right or feel 100% comfortable.
With these tips and a consistent study schedule, you’ll be able to master the LSAT logic games section!