Tag Archive: diagramming

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Logic Games Tips: Partying with Brutal Deductions

Since some crazy folks have started circulating rumors about the Logic Games on the LSAT becoming more difficult over the last year or so, I thought it might be appropriate to outline some brutal deductions.

Say hello to the final game from the September 2009 LSAT.  In order to get through this game in less than an hour (and not slice your wrists in the process), some crucial deductions were needed.

Let’s take a look (the subject of the game has been slightly altered):

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To Diagram or Not to Diagram? That is the (LSAT) Question.

Shakespeare had it all wrong. For aspiring and motivated LSAT students, there is a different question that dominates their consciousness, especially during the early part of their studies: to diagram or not to diagram?

Diagramming is a term that has been coined for actually taking the time to map out the logic involved in a logical reasoning question. For instance, the sentence “If Shakespeare wanted to be understood, he would have written in plain English” can be diagrammed as: SU→PE. The idea is that the diagram can help students to understand the logic of the statement and to ultimately find the correct answer choice. However, this new step tends to bring much frustration for students when they first begin to practice it.