Each Analytical Reasoning section contains four games and a total of 22-24 questions. Since you have 35 minutes to complete the section, you have an average of 8 minutes and 45 seconds to complete each game. Of course, the amount of time you spend on each game will vary with the difficulty and the number of questions per game.
When you prepare for the Logic Games section of the LSAT, you should be aware of the game types that appear most frequently on the exam. In our LSAT preparation courses and Logic Games publications we delineate the advanced and comprehensive game classification system used by PowerScore to attack the Logic Games section of the LSAT*. In this section, we use some of the most basic classification levels of that system to provide an informative analysis of the game types that have appeared on all released LSATs since June 1991 (a total of 260 games).
Profile Charting is a specific variation on the grouping games covered in Chapter Four of the PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible. In Profile Charting games, there is typically a committee or panel being selected from a pool of candidates, and the composition of the committee must meet two or more specific criteria.
There is a fundamental truth about test takers when it comes to the LSAT: everyone is different.
That is, everyone who sits down with this exam will have unique strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and, ultimately, ways in which they can optimize their performance in every section. And while that certainly affects how it is that people prepare—where they should devote their time and effort when studying—it also dictates how test takers should behave during the actual test. In this article, we will look at LSAT Logic Games and consider exactly how an informed test taker should attack this section. Note that we have similar articles in our Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections of this LSAT Free Help Area.
If you've taken any test from the last couple of years, you may have stumbled upon strangely-worded or confusing rules. For example:
Train A can arrive earlier than train B if and only if train B arrives earlier than train C.
Either car A arrives immediately before car B, or it arrives immediately after car C, but not both.
The Q meal is served at some time after either the M meal or the N meal, but not after both.
It's worth noting that none of these rules is ambiguous, i.e. none of it is open to multiple interpretations. That would compromise the logical validity and reliability of the exam, which is not something test-makers ever want to do. Indeed, each of these rules entails a concrete and definitive outcome: it's just that this outcome is not as easy to deduce as it is with more straightforward rules.
Should you answer Logic Game questions in the order they appear on the test, or should you answer local "if" questions before global questions?
Question ordering strategies such as the ones we call "Local First" or "Global First" are initially appealing because everyone would love a strategy that solves the questions in the optimal order. But, do they really work?
When preparing for the LSAT, students inevitably run into the Logic Games section (also known as Analytical Reasoning), and for many, this is the toughest section on the test.
If Logic Games are generally difficult, why then would we choose to write about the hardest LSAT games ever to appear? The short answer is that there are tremendous benefits to be gained by reviewing these games, and subsequently understanding how to recognize them and deal with them.
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