Spending half a day writing your LSAT is hardly the sort of examination period that you can afford to be lax on. While you should never walk into an exam venue unprepared, your law school admissions test is probably one of the more important exams you will ever take and should therefore take top priority in your thought processes weeks before the event. Almost everyone on the planet abhors exam prep — and who could possibly blame them? There are ways to get around the tedium, which is something that helps to take some of the pressure off.
The word “study” is one that often conjures images of hours spent behind piles of textbooks and computer screens — laboriously writing out notes that we hope to absorb into our already overworked and overcrowded brains. Basically, we are hardwired to be too stubborn to sit down and get our work done in advance. We would rather wade through the pre-examination stress that comes with several weeks’ worth of procrastination. LSAT logic games offer a pleasant way around this conundrum.
LSATs are split into 5 sections: four multiple choice and one written sample. The reading comprehension section is straightforward enough and does not require any study preparation. The unscored variable section is used to test future exam questions and does not count towards your final score. The analytical reasoning and logical reasoning sections, however, do require the applicant to do some preparation. Instead of wading through piles of arduous sample tests, LSAT logic games are a fun alternative.
These games are structured in such a way that they are a direct representation of how exam questions will be structured. The good news is that there really are only a few basic LSAT logic and analysis questions. Think of it as one basic recipe with hundreds of variations — like mac ‘n cheese with a pile of extras. If you can master the basics, you will have no problem with the alternatives.
The key to mastering these games lies in recognizing familiar games in any new games you attempt. The logic games on 7 Sage are split into clusters: in/out games of varying difficulty levels, in/out games with sub-categories and in/out games with sequences. Start with the basic games and work your way up. Give yourself enough to time to read through the rules and gain a clear understanding of the game before setting up the board. In time you will gain enough confidence to get through the process in record time.
LSAT logic games range from fairly basic to mind bogglingly challenging. It is important to learn to view the more challenging games as enjoyable. Give yourself a few months of prep time. This will enable you to start off slowly but to gain momentum as you get closer to the day of your exam. If you approach these games this way, you give your mind enough time to adapt to these specific thought processes. You will inevitably reach a point where you are able to work your way through the game without much conscious struggle at all.
This article was written by James Hawthorne.