The logic games are one of the most challenging parts of the LSAT test for many students, particularly the timing. Here are some quick tips to help you increase your speed on LSAT test day.
1) Have a clear and consistent annotation system for the LSAT games.
Time you spend struggling to read your own handwriting or trying to remember what you meant by that symbol you wrote down is time that you aren’t able to spend actually figuring out the problems. Where are you going to write your diagram on the page? Where are you going to write the rules? How are you going to symbolize common rules, like A comes before B? These are all questions you should answer before you get to LSAT test day.
2) Know your LSAT games plan of attack.
Are you going to read all the games and then start with the one that looks easiest or hardest or are you going to start with the first game? Are you going to start with the local “if” questions or take the questions in order? Are you going to fill in the bubbles after each question or each game? Try different strategies in practice and see what works for you. Ask your LSAT tutor for tips. The most important things is to make sure you go in with a plan on LSAT test day. Again, time spent thinking about any of these questions is time not spent on the actual LSAT test questions.
3) Don’t get stuck on any one LSAT question.
Remember that the questions are all worth the same amount. One of the biggest timing mistakes you can make is to spend too long puzzling on one question. If you get stuck, skip it and move on. You can always return to it later if you have time. This is particularly true on the LSAT games where time is such a factor.
Bottom line on the LSAT games: Go in with a plan and implement it so that you can spend every second of those precious 35 minutes on LSAT games themselves.