Logic and LSAT

The Logic Games Part of the LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for entrance into virtually any accredited U.S. law school. It’s offered four times a year — in February, June, September, and December — and it includes six sections:

􏰁 One Reading Comprehension Test (35 minutes)
􏰁 Two Logical Reasoning Tests (35 minutes each)
􏰁 One Analytical Reasoning (Logic Games) Test (35 minutes)
􏰁 One Unscored Test, which is used for new-question development; it can be any of the preceding tests, but it doesn’t count toward your LSAT score (35 minutes)
􏰁 One Writing Sample (30 minutes)

The LSAT scoring system ranges from a low score of 120 to a perfect score of 180. The four sections of the LSAT have a total of 100 questions. The Logic Games section usually includes 23 questions, but this number can range from 22 to 24. That means that about 23 percent of your LSAT score depends on your ability to do these logic puzzles.
The LSAT is an old-fashioned (that is, not computerized) standardized test: The questions are presented in a paper booklet, and you’re required to answer them using a No. 2 pencil on a fill-in answer sheet. The downside of this format is that it limits your scrap paper to whatever white space is available on the four pages of that section of the test itself. This constraint isn’t much of an issue on the other sections of the LSAT, but it can be annoying on the Logic Games section because you nearly always have to draw one or more charts to answer the questions.
You have 35 minutes to complete the Logic Games section. The test includes four logic games, each of which has from five to eight questions. Each question has five possible answers — (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E). One answer is right, and the other four are wrong.
There’s no penalty for wrong answers on the LSAT, so be sure to answer every question, even if you have to guess. Improve your chances by eliminating some of the wrong answers first.
For more advice on preparing for and taking the LSAT, check out LSAT For Dummies (Wiley).