No one likes to do more work than they really have to do. In your day-to-day life, this tendency might result in less desirable outcomes, such as performing the sniff test to determine whether you can get another use or two out of your T-shirts.
But on the LSAT, where saving time is paramount, sometimes the lazy option is also the most efficient option. Read on to find some ways to work smarter, not harder, on the Logic Games section of the LSAT.
So here’s the scoop: Using your work from prior questions isn’t a magic bullet. There are usually faster ways to answer the question, and if you’re well and truly stuck, it’s quite likely that you’re missing an important deduction. But if time is of the essence, here are some examples of how you can improve your odds by using previous questions.
Sample Question: “If Batman goes down the water slide fifth, which of the following must be true?”
So you’ve built your hypothetical scenario and filled in as much as possible. Hopefully, this leads you to the right answer. But let’s say that you’ve filled in as much information as possible and are still stuck between a couple answer choices.
Sample Question: “Which of the following is a complete and accurate list of the Pokemon who can be on Team Rocket?”
You’re probably not going to be able to figure out a “complete and accurate” list just by using other questions, but this question gives you a built-in, speedy way to eliminate some answer choices and double check your answer. You can easily look back at your work on previous questions to determine Pokemon that have been on Team Rocket and eliminate any of the answer choices that don’t have those Pokemon.
Sample Question: “Which of the following must be false?”
When a question asks what won’t work without providing additional information, it can be tough to know where to start. Luckily, you can easily knock out a few answer choices by looking at correct answers from previous questions. For instance, if one of the answer choices gives a situation that already worked for the Elimination question at the beginning of the game, you know that that answer choice does not have to be false.
Using previous questions to find the right answer in Logic Games can only get you so far, but sometimes it just makes more sense to use a shortcut (like hanging a dress shirt in the bathroom while you shower to avoid ironing – not that anyone at Blueprint would ever do such a slovenly thing). So in a pinch, let the work you’ve already done guide you, and save your time for the questions where it really matters.