Tag Archive: scenarios

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Here we go, yo (again) … Scenarios for grouping games

When you can break an LSAT logic game down into a few possibilities up front, we call that making scenarios. When you do it right, it can make so many games so much easier, but you have to know when to use it. We covered hints that you might want to do scenarios in ordering games a couple weeks ago. Today, let’s talk about when scenarios are a good idea in grouping games.

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Here we go, yo—when should you make a scenario?

Scenarios are one of the most killer strategies for LSAT logic games. They don’t work for every game, but when you can split a game into two, three, or four possibilities upfront it’ll often make the questions just breeze by.

In general, look to do scenarios when there’s something in a game that can only go two to four ways and you think that trying those two to four possibilities would help you figure out other thinks in the game. Some kinds of rules lead to scenarios more often than others, so today we’ll cover rules in ordering games that often make scenarios a good idea. If you see one of the following things in a game, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do scenarios. But the thought should at least cross your mind.

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When to Write Out Logic Games Scenarios

We’ve written before about how to use scenarios to defeat certain Logic Games – essentially, when one rule leads to a limited number of possibilities for how that game can work, you’ll want to jot down each of those possibilities. But just how “limited” are we talking here?

The general rule of thumb is that if there are four or fewer possible scenarios, it’s worth your while to write ‘em out. In fact, I’d argue that – when you’re preparing for the LSAT – you should go ahead and try out scenarios if you have even the slightest suspicion that they might be useful. After all, there’s very little downside to completing scenarios, and sometimes it can lead to huge deductions. Even if you find that most or all of the scenarios are still pretty incomplete, you’d likely have to do the same work once you hit the questions, so it’s not like your wasting your time by doing that work up front.

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Defeating Tricky Logic Games Through Scenarios

It’s Saturday night and, of course, you’re taking the time to relax, kick back, and organize your action figures. You’ve got a fine collection of seven treasured man-dolls, but prized among all others are Qui Gon Jinn, Obi Wan Kenobi, young Anakin Skywalker, and Luke. Naturally you keep them in that order, to remain consistent with their apprenticeships and paternal lineage. A true thing of beauty.

But you puzzle, as you push your glasses up on your nose, how many ways you could arrange your seven total action figures, while maintaining the Force-endowed Foursome block. Naturally, you need to have Batman first and Superman last, to keep them apart and prevent them from fighting. What options does this leave you?

We’re dealing with a big block of four players, and there’s really only so many places it can go.