Category Archive: Advice on Logic Games

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Run, Don’t Walk, to This Godzilla-Themed LSAT Logic Game

Godzilla opens in theaters today. This dinosaur with human arms has quite the nuanced history. This kind of nuance is the stuff of killer LSAT questions. So, in honor of the masochistic dinosaur fetishists at the LSAC, the LSAT blog brings you an original Godzilla-themed Logic Game, complete with B-movie plot hole!

During seven consecutive days, Godzilla will visit seven cities: Albuquerque, Billings, Chula Vista, Detroit, Erie, Fresno, and Guangzhou. Each city is visited exactly once. During each visit, Godzilla will fight exactly one of her seven enemies: Varan, Oodaku, Rodan, Titanosaurus, King Kong, Mechagodzilla, and Spacegodzilla. The outcome of each fight will be judged a win, or a loss, but not both, for Godzilla. The following is somehow known about Godzilla’s visits and fights:

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Tales From the LSAT Crypt: Unusual or Difficult Logic Games

Halloween is a week from today, which means that all things spooky are just around the corner. Of course, if you’re studying for the LSAT, that monstrous test is probably the spookiest thing in your life these days. But you’re in luck. Think of me as the wise, grizzled old man who guides you through the perils ahead, because I’m about to introduce you to an LSAT bogeyman and tell you how to vanquish it.

Tales from the LSAT Crypt: Unusual and/or exceptionally difficult LSAT Logic Games

There are two classes in the Blueprint LSAT Prep curriculum that strike fear into the hearts of my students: one where we cover “neither” games (which are games that fall outside the general categories of ordering, grouping, and combo games), and one where we cover some of the hardest games ever (such as the infamous mauve dinosaur game from the 2009 June LSAT).

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3 Other Games that Can Help You on LSAT Logic Games

The first time you laid your eyes on an LSAT logic game you probably thought that the section looked like a piece of cake. A few simple rules about a motley crew of 7 ethnically diverse characters who are up to some juvenile shenanigans — how hard can these questions be?

Once you started to a read a few of the questions, however, your confidence probably transformed into bewilderment. How could the authors of this game expect the simple directions and minimal rules to adequately equip you to answer the sea of questions? By the end of your first LSAT practice test, you probably declared the entire section to be nothing more than nonsense and tomfoolery.

As you continue prepping, however, the LSAT games section will start to make a lot a more sense, and can even become pretty fun.

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The Ins and Outs of LSAT Grouping Games

For some reason, people tend to dislike the LSAT’s grouping games more than ordering games. Maybe it’s the missing visual element. Maybe it’s the short rules that make you feel like you’re missing something. Maybe it’s the awkward overtones of needing to segregate people named Jabrohn and Juarez. Whatever the case, leaving the familiar territory of ordering games can be scary.

But it needn’t be.

Grouping games on the LSAT can be broken into four categories: You’re either having one person follow another, saying two people can’t be together, saying two people have to be together, or saying you need at least one of two people. Nothing tricky here, and nothing we haven’t seen (as they’re all built off of conditional relationships). Nonetheless, here’s a breakdown of grouping games to help you perform better on your upcoming LSAT.


Making Sense of LSAT Logic Games

The only thing that could make an AIDS test scarier is if it involved a logic game. In that case, people would probably ask the doctor to bring on the needle.

However, the games don’t have to be scary. There are only a few types of rules for each family of game, and those rules all turn into tools you can use to unlock those deductions. However, the first step is always figuring out the setup. Mess that up, and you can kiss your LG section goodbye.

How can you quickly determine which type of game you’re doing? A few things will give it away. This week, we’ll focus on Ordering Games. Next week, Grouping Games. If I’m not tired of the series by the third week, Combo/Rare Logic Games!


Diagramming Difficult Words on the LSAT

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and people across the land are missing all of it because they’re staying indoors, studying for hours on end. The season of the LSAT is upon us. You might not get to experience much of this spring, but there’ll be time enough for leisure in the park when you’re a handsomely-paid lawyer. Now is the time for LSAT study.

As you probably know by now, conditional statements are one of the most common things you’ll run across on the LSAT. At first, these can be terribly difficult to understand. One of the reasons for this is that there are so many different ways to express a conditional statement.

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Diagramming Conditional Statements on the LSAT

The LSAT is a rough test, and one of the roughest things that the LSAT tests is your conditional statement aptitude. Sufficiency and necessity are all over the test, and the LSAT often requires you to diagram such things. It’s daunting at first, but diagramming is definitely something that can be mastered on the LSAT. Below are specifics of the test that people struggle with, and some corresponding tips.


LSAT Logic Games: Choosing 2 of 3

If you are studying for the LSAT, you are probably tiring of hearing your instructor yell at you over and over again about deductions. “Look for deductions. Find those deductions. Deduce, you damned fool.”

There are good intentions behind such sentiments, but noting specific and repetitive deductions can be much more helpful. There is one deduction in particular that has come up on a number of recent tests and it will be the subject of this week’s post.


How to Make the Tough Deductions

We’ve all had that sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach. You know the one. You get it when you reach an absolute question on a logic game and find that your setup just doesn’t have a solution. B and C both seem like they can be true; you know that only one of them is.

The best of us get taken down by the odd logic game, and we realize it when a question forces us to look at our setup and see how sparse it really is. Don’t fret, though, because, as always, Blueprint has your back. Here are the places to look for deductions.


A Frustrating New Type of Question on Logic Games

By its very nature, the Logic Games section of the LSAT is very frightening for students. When acceptance to the law school of your dreams rides on your ability to decipher whether Lucita is accompanied by Ms. Margoles or Ms. Podorski, stress is sure to follow.

The worst thing the test makers can do is pile stress on top of this, and yet that’s what they frequently do. The latest incarnation: a new type of question.

Students get very comfortable, as they are studying, with the common types of questions in games: