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Did you know that there's no such thing as a brand new Logic Game? It's true. Every LSAT Logic Games is only disguised to look like it is new when in fact, it is simply a reincarnation of older, existing Logic Games. Dwell on that for a second. That means you're never going to encounter a brand new Logic Game.  That means every new LSAT PrepTest you take (including the one that actually counts) will have Games that you've pretty much have already seen before.  Not exactly the same, but very similar.  Isn't that awesome?

Think of it this way.  Each Logic Game is a cookie. The LSAT's been baking for over 20 years and they've baked close to 300 cookies.  But, back in the kitchen, there's actually only a few different cookie cutters that they use. Each cookie cutter cuts cookies that are very similar to the others cookies from the same cutter.  So, a square cookie cutter will cut square cookies.  All of these square cookies from the square cutter will resemble each other.

What does this mean for you?
You have to become acquainted with the cookie cutters (the Types of Logic Games) and not just the cookies (the Logic Games).  Stop thinking that there's 300 different Logic Games.  Instead, understand that there's only a few different types of Logic Games.  Then, you have to get good at recognizing so called "new" games as old, familiar games.  Old games that you've done already, games that you've already mastered through the Fool Proof Method.

You're probably thinking "How do I know which Games are similar to which other Games?"  We're going to tell you.  Right now, we are sorting all the Logic Games from LSAT PrepTest 20 (October 1996) - 68 (December 2012) into their Types (cookie cutters).  We're publishing the results as they become available.

Below, you'll find the "In/Out" Game Type. If you're enrolled in our online course, you'll know that In/Out Games are the foundation of all Grouping Games (which is one of the two broad category of Logic Games, the other being Sequencing Games).  In/Out Games are incredibly important to master. Here, we've sorted In/Out Games by similarity and difficulty.

How do I use this?
Look at the set below.  Say you had trouble with the Logic Game 2 from LSAT PrepTest 33. You should do and redo (and redo and redo...) every Logic Game in its set (including itself), starting with the Games listed in its set. The ones listed in another set are less similar, though still quite similar because every Game on this page is an In/Out Game.

1. Print this list out and tape it to your wall.  Games are displayed as LSAT PrepTest#.Game#.
Optional. Purchase the PDF with all the Games in the list (coming soon!)
2. Do these Game together in their set clusters using the Fool Proof Method.
3. Never miss a question on an In/Out Game again.

The Basic In/Out Games Set
PT33-Game2 | PT40-Game4 | PT45-Game3 | PT58-Game2
These are the "purest" In/Out Games. All the rules chain up very nicely. They require only an understanding of basic conditional logic.

The Basic+ In/Out Games Set
PT34-Game4 | PT41-Game3
Like the Games in the Basic group, these Games also have rules that chain up nicely. They are a little bit harder though. These Games are not immediately apparent as In/Out Games because the LSAT has disguised them.

The Easy In/Out Games Set
PT24-Game1 | PT29-Game1 | PT36-Game1 | PT48-Game1 | PT54-Game1
PT63-Game1

The Medium In/Out Games Set
PT20-Game2 | PT39-Game4 | PT47-Game2 | PT58-Game4 | PT59-Game3

The Difficult In/Out Games Set
PT31-Game2 | PT32-Game2 | PT49-Game3
These Games resemble each other less than the ones in the Basic Groups. Some of them require you to know Bi-Conditionals, De Morgan's Law, and some are also disguised. Some of these Games have fixed their slots some did not. You also need to be aware of when conditional rules trigger and when they become irrelevant.

The In/Out with Sub-Categories Games Set
PT24-Game4 | PT26-Game4 | PT33-Game3 | PT42-Game1 | PT50-Game2
PT65-Game3
These Games contain game pieces that fall into sub-categories.  At first, they are challenging, but once you learn to recognize them and draw the game board correctly, they become manageable.

The In/Out with Sequencing Games Set
PT25-Game3 | PT30-Game2 | PT32-Game1 | PT40-Game2 | PT61-Game3
These Games require you to Sequence items within the In/Out groups.  You should master Sequencing Games before attempting this set.  Knowledge of Conditionals, Bi-Conditionals, De Morgan's Law are also required for some.

The Miscellaneous/Difficult In/Out Games Set
PT22-Game4 | PT23-Game2 | PT57-Game3
These Games are challenging and less similar to the other Games in the In/Out Games set.

Extended In/Out Games Set
PT33-Game2 | PT40-Game4 | PT45-Game3 | PT58-Game2 | PT34-Game4
PT41-Game3 | PT24-Game1 | PT29-Game1 | PT36-Game1 | PT48-Game1
PT54-Game1 | PT63-Game1 | PT20-Game2 | PT39-Game4 | PT47-Game2
PT58-Game4 | PT59-Game3 | PT31-Game2 | PT32-Game2 | PT49-Game3
PT24-Game4 | PT26-Game4 | PT33-Game3 | PT42-Game1 | PT50-Game2
PT65-Game3 | PT25-Game3 | PT30-Game2 | PT32-Game1 | PT40-Game2
PT61-Game3 | PT22-Game4 | PT23-Game2 | PT57-Game3

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The key to Logic Games is the 7Sage Fool Proof Method.

LSAT Logic games are pretty much just variations on previous games.  Logic games are easy once you get used to the game types and inference patterns that are used.

How to do you get used to them?

You repeat them.  Over and over.  You print out multiple copies of every game and do it over and over until you master each one.

You're essentially training your mind to see the possible inferences in a game.  Eventually Logic Games become intuitive, and new logic games begin to feel like mashups of old games.

Learn more about this in your LSAT course or on the blog.

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[This is a lesson excerpt from our online LSAT course, for which we invite you to enroll.]

Logic games are the hardest section of the LSAT, at first. They're like nothing you've ever seen before, and they're very confusing.

Fortunately, they're also the easiest section to get better at. It all starts by getting a good overview of what you're up against. That's why we made this video introduction logic games. Enjoy!

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You may find logic games tough now. They're difficult because they're unfamiliar. As you practice, they get a lot easier. We promise.

Repeating logic games until you master them is the best way to get good at games. Our students have used repetition to score near perfect on games, and so can you.

Don't worry too much about game types. You'll find complicated classification systems in books and on the internet, but these aren't necessary and can be distracting. We just classify games as either sequencing, grouping or a mixture of the two types.

Did you like this introduction to logic games video? It's part of our online LSAT course. If you found the video useful, you'll probably like the rest of our course too. You should have a look.

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This game is about contestants Lulu, Nam, Ofelia, Pachai, Santiago, and Tyrone in a chess tournament. It's from LSAT PrepTest 45, December 2004, Section 3, Questions 7-12, Logic Game 2.

This game is a Grouping/Sequencing hybrid. There is a rule/premise in this game that allows you to easily split the board into two sub-game boards. Watch the video tutorial here.

https://7sage.com/lsat_explanations/lsat-45-section-3-game-2

For more Logic Games explanations like this one, hop over to our Logic Games page. There, we've recorded video explanations for every Logic Game, ever. All in HD, with variable playback speed, and you get to ask questions. Oh, the best part: it's completely free.

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This game is pretty hard. It's the one about Anastasia and whether she parks in lots X, Y, or Z on Monday through Friday and how much each lot costs - $10, $12, or $15. It's from LSAT PrepTest 44, October 2004, Section 3, Questions 18-22, Logic Game 4.

Watch the video lesson below and learn how to make the key inferences that will help you solve this game.

https://7sage.com/lsat_explanations/lsat-44-section-3-game-4

For more Logic Games explanations like this one, hop over to our Logic Games page. There, we've recorded video explanations for every Logic Game going back over a decade. All in HD, with variable playback speed, and you get to ask questions. Oh, the best part: it's completely free.

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This game is from LSAT PrepTest 45, December 2004, Section 3, Questions 1-6, Logic Game 1. It's about sequencing Patterson's meetings with five clients - Reilly, Sanchez, Tang, Upton, and Yansky - and her workout at the gym.

Watch the video lesson below.
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This game is difficult because of its bi-conditional rule. Of course, if you are a conditional logic master, then this game will be easy for you. It's the one about The Export Alliance, which consists of Nations X, Y, and Z, and which of the following five crops they export: oranges, rice, soybeans, tea, and wheat. It's from LSAT PrepTest 45, December 2004, Section 3, Questions 18-22, Logic Game 4.

Watch the video lesson below and learn how to solve this game easily.

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For more Logic Games explanations like this one, hop over to our Logic Games page. There, we've recorded video explanations for every Logic Game going back over a decade. All in HD, with variable playback speed, and you get to ask questions. Oh, the best part: it's completely free.

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This logic game is easier than it looks. It's the one about an animal shelter that places six dogs - greyhound, husky, keeshond, Labrador retriever, poodle, and schnauzer - with new owners on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It's from LSAT PrepTest 44, October 2004, Section 3, Questions 7-12, Logic Game 2. A lot of students consider this to be one of the toughest LSAT Logic Games of all time—let's break it down!

 

This game hides behind an important inference and it tries to confuse you with two conditional rules. Watch this video lesson and learn how to solve this game fast.

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[This is a lesson excerpt from our online course, for which we invite you to enroll.]

LSAT Conditional Logic Group 1 is made up of the following terms:

  • If
  • When
  • Where
  • All
  • The only
  • Every
  • Any

All the words in this group follow this translation rule:

The ideas introduced by (i.e., immediately following) these words are the sufficient conditions.

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I took PrepTest C (the February 2000 LSAT) under simulated testing conditions.  I want to share some of my thoughts with you.  This post will cover Logic Games for which I have already made the videos lessons (with links below).

**Spoiler Alert**

Stop reading if you haven't taken this prep test yet.  It'll ruin the test for you.

LSAT C Logic Game Summaries and Video Explanation Links

Game 1 - At a water carnival, eight lifeguards will participate in two events.  One event is a boat race and the other is a rescue exercise.  These lifeguards will be grouped into four two-person teams.

Game 2 - A critic ranks exactly seven restaurants.  These restaurants are named Lautrec, Medici, Pastilla, Robusto, Scheherazade's, Tantoko, and Vistula from the best - the highest rank - to the worst - the lowest rank.

Game 3 - Three parks, Jessup, Island, and Hilltop, contain attractions. The attractions are of five types: fountain, garden, museum, playground, or theater.

Game 4 - Dynamic Motors will assemble four new automobile models.  Over the next three years, the models Volante, Whisper, Xavier, and Ziggurat will be assembled in its five factories F, G, H, J, and K.

Game 1 - Lifeguards at water carnival

This is a grouping game with an unusual setup.  That means it's hard initially.  If you aren't careful, it reads like an In/Out game.  Once you realize that it's not, that in fact for each of the two events, you are asked to group the eight lifeguards into four teams of two persons each, you'll see the right game board.  From there on out, this game is easy.

Game 2 - Critic ranks seven restaurants

This is a tough sequencing game.  You have to be proficient in handling conditional rules in a sequencing game.  The conditional rule in this game breaks up the game into, essentially, two sub-game boards.  Beyond that, your proficiency with basic sequencing games will determine how quickly you can move through the questions.

Game 3 - Three parks with five attractions

This is an easy grouping game with a chart.  If you setup it up with a chart, you can figure out three sub-game boards that represent all possible worlds.  The questions are fast.

Game 4 - Dynamic motors assemble automobiles

This is a hard, unique game.  The game board doesn't look like any game board that we're used to.  So, you have to spend some time figuring out what game board works best to organize the information in this game.  The rules are also difficult to represent visually.  As with all games, spend time upfront understanding the setup, the game board, the rules, and the pieces.  Otherwise, the questions will simply be a waste of time.

So, what's the take away?  Games two and four games were hard.  You have to be able to move through the easy ones very quickly to save up enough time to tackle the hard ones.

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For more Logic Games explanations like these, hop over to our Logic Games page. There, we’ve recorded video explanations for every Logic Game going back over a decade. All in HD, with variable playback speed, and you get to ask questions. Oh, the best part: it’s completely free.


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