8 Skills you need to succeed in LSAT Logic Games

Reproduced from LSATLogicGames.com – The Prep Course

Skill 1 – How To Accurately Understand The Conditions

If  you don’t understand the conditions, you will be unable  to make accurate inferences from them. Every Logic Games condition or rule is a “built in” reading test.

LSAT designers are  very skilled in obscuring important information. As a general principle you must  understand:

– positioning issues (where do  things go)
– numbering issues (how many objects are you working with? Are there  too few, too many,  or is it one-to-one correspondence?
– How does the order of the conditions influence  the way that you must understand them?
– Quantifiers: all,  some, many, exactly,  only, etc.

Skill 2 – How  To Make Inferences From The Conditions, How Many Inferences to make  and when to make those inferences

The “National  Anthem”  of LSAT preparation is that you should read the conditions, understand them, draw diagrams and answer the questions. In  theory this is great. In practice, you  won’t know  whether you have make  the inferences  accurately and whether you have made all  of them.

Skill 3 – The Skill of  Positioning – If you don’t  start you can’t  finish!

To put it simply  – you need to know  how to t get started. You  can’t “spin your wheels”  forever.

You must learn:

– when to draw a diagram (drawing a diagram before  starting the questions may actually hurt you)
– the difference between a diagram and shorthand
– how drawing a diagram  first  can hurt you
– the  order  to do  the questions (it  may not  be  what it seems)

Skill 4 – Diagramming – The Four Aspects

– when
– how
– how much
– how to use them

Skill 5 – Logic Games Questions Require You To Identify Three Modalities

In the context of these three modalities  you must understand:

– the relationship between the right and wrong answers
– the “call of the questions” must be false,  EXCEPT, etc.

Skill 6 – Specific Logic Games Questions

numbers: minimum, maxium, exact  number
– complete  and accurate  list
– variable information
– lists
– changing initial conditions
– must be false, EXCEPT

Skill 7 – The Answer Choices – How LSAT Makes  Wrong Answers Seem Attractive

– how LSAT disguises  the right answer
– accurate  content, but incomplete
– accurate content, but problematic order
– compound  thought answer  choices

Skill 8 – LSAT Logical Reasoning Skills

– conditional reasoning
– syllogisms