Yesterday, I discussed the setup and rules for Game 1 in Section 1 of the June 2007 LSAT. It’s a fairly straightforward and very familiar game–all we’re asked to do is put five things in order. This is the type of game that you’ve simply got to master if you’re going to do well on the Logic Games. One game similar to this appears on nearly every LSAT. The rest of the games in the section will tend to be harder than this. So there’s no use in rushing through or skipping this game.
For students who are just starting out, I recommend spending your entire 35 minutes, if necessary, on this first game. The point is this: Speed, on the LSAT, comes from accuracy. You need to be able to get each of the questions on this game right with certainty. Once you can do that (no matter how long it takes) you’ll eventually be able to go faster. I’ve seen students go from the low single digits on the Logic Games (getting 3 or 4 questions correct) to scoring perfectly on the Games (23 or 24 correct). But you have to walk before you can run. So slow down, make some inferences (see yesterday’s post for my definition of “making inferences”) and answer the questions with certainty. It’s easier than you think.
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