Logic Games

The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook is Here!

I'm excited to announce that my latest book in my LSAT book series, The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook, is now available to purchase! The LSAT's logic games are easier than you think, and this book is designed to prove it. I regularly see the biggest improvement from his students on this section, and in my down-to-earth, irreverent style, I'll show you how to see through the BS and start learning how to crush the logic games.

The formula is simple: First, you'll attempt a game on your own. Then, I'll will walk you step-by-step through a full solution to every question, showing you how you can be 100 percent certain of each answer. You'll also have opportunities to practice each game again on your own, and through repetition, you'll start spotting the recurring patterns. I'll demonstrate the best ways to prioritize your time on the logic games so you can focus your energy on the truly challenging questions. No nonsense. No made-up trademarked buzzwords. No confusing jargon. And best of all, no pulled punches. So grab a pencil and crack this book. Let's get it on.

The Fox LSAT Logic Games Playbook is available on Amazon.com. I'd love to hear what you think!

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The Logic Games Playbook Sample Chapter is Here

Logic Games PlaybookI'm excited to let you know the Logic Games Playbook sample chapter is ready! Download your free copy here. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Please email me, or call/text 415-518-0630, with your thoughts, questions, critiques, suggestions ... I want to hear it all.

Thanks for helping to make the Logic Games Playbook the best book it can be!

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Q and A: What Happens If I Panic During the LSAT Logic Games Section?

winter-games-ii-428219-mA student sent me an email about how she did after taking the September LSAT. She had some concerns about the logic games section, and asked for my advice on whether to take the LSAT again and how to "practice being nervous." Here's the advice I gave her.  Student: I wanted to update you with how the LSAT went. I felt great about the first two sections: logical reasoning and reading comprehension. Finished early and had time to check over other answers. I panicked, though, on the logic games section. I got through the first two fine, but when it became clear on the third game that I was missing something important about the third game, I began to freak out (shaking hands, totally blank brain). I had to guess on half of them, and barely got through the fourth game. The last logical reasoning section didn't really seem hard, but I was so shaken from the games that I don't have much confidence that I pulled off what I usually do.

I'm bummed because I actually think it was a pretty easy logic games section. They were each game types I'd seen before and the rules were quite strait forward. Moreover, I went into the test feeling great about the games. I practiced that section every day for weeks before, and while I was always fighting to finish on time, I reliably did well. But while usually when I begin to notice something wrong on one of the games I can re-think my approach without too much trouble, this time the threat of not finishing had much higher stakes. This awareness combined with my nervousness meant that I wasn't able to re-think my approach effectively. And as I rely on doing well on logic games to get a 170+ score, I'm not feeling very hopeful about my results.

I'll likely have to take it again. I'm worried, though, because I don't know how to practice being nervous, which was clearly a really big factor for me. I feel like I went into the test fairly confident, and secure in the fact that I'd done all the prep that I realistically could do. It wasn't a particular skill that tripped me up, just my own nerves. And the stakes will only be higher on my next (and second) test. Not sure if I should try again this December (when all my prep will still be relatively fresh) or give up on applying this year and wait for a while.

Nathan: Bummer about the test. You should definitely take it again in December, and, if necessary, February. Then be done with it. That's my advice whether or not you choose to apply this cycle. Get the LSAT over with while it's fresh in your mind, then move on to other projects.

The games on the September 2014 LSAT were, as you mention, pretty easy.  So you probably didn't do your best. This is absolutely no big deal! Many, MANY students have a bit of a panic on their first real LSAT. That's why they let you take it three times. The stakes will not be higher next time, they'll be lower (since you'll already have a decent, if not great, score on record). I've had many students report that they were far less nervous the second or third time around.

As far as "practicing being nervous," I think that's a great idea and I do have some ideas.

1. Get a study partner who is also taking the test with your same accommodations, and do practice tests with them. Preferably with something on the line. Pride... dinner... 20 bucks? I'd be happy to help you connect with other accommodated students.

2. Come to my practice tests in October and November (free) and take the test in regular time alongside my class. Challenge yourself to score well even without accommodations. Might that make you nervous?

3. Take tests by yourself, but figure out a way to put some stakes on it. There are all sorts of ways you could do this. A wager frequently works; this could be money or other things (I'll eat a worm if I don't score 170+. Gross, but potentially effective).

4. Do practice tests with me watching over your shoulder. This option is expensive, but doable... I can be extra harsh on on you if you want. :)

I also strongly recommend that you continue to work on your fundamentals and increase your mastery over the test. I've had many students turn a bad first test into a great opportunity; not reaching 170 on this test could turn out to be a good thing if you end up with 175 in December.

I've greatly enjoyed working with you so far, and I'll always be on your team.

Good luck!

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Logic Games Basic Concepts Quiz

Here’s a single-question logic games quiz with a short video explanation. Make sure you understand this principle… it’s incredibly useful for grouping games! Suppose G, H, I, J, and K are about to board Disneyland’s “Splash Mountain.” They are asked to split into a group of two and a group of three. G and H must be in the same group. I and J must be in separate groups.

Can you figure out who goes where? To test yourself, see if you can answer the following question:

Which one of the following must be true?

a) G rides with I. b) H rides with J. c) K rides with J. d) I rides in a group of two. e) K rides in a group of two.

Check out the short video for my solution. (Excerpted from my comprehensive 55-hour online LSAT course.)

Conquering the LSAT's Logic Games, One Life at a Time

Think you suck at the LSAT's logic games? I agree! I'm sure you do suck. But if it makes you feel any better, you also suck at tons of other things. I can hear you now:  "Nathan, you suck at blogging. Nice job insulting your reader, ass."

Before you hate me forever, here's my point: We all suck at tons of things. But with time, we can get shockingly good at stuff we were initially terrible at. Take Super Mario Brothers as an example. If you're like me, you spent most of the 1990s dying. Over and over and over. You ran directly into Goombas, you got roasted by fireballs, you fell off of cliffs. Many of you got frustrated and quit. But if you kept going, you got a bit further with each life. And eventually, you beat the game. Some crazy people, not satisfied with finding the princess at the end of World 8-4, started beating the game over and over, going for world speed records. (Check out the video at the bottom of this post if you're a nerd.)

Point is, with enough practice, I promise that you can find the princess (prince, whatever) at the end of the LSAT's logic games. Today, over at Ann Levine's awesome Law School Expert blog, I run through a quick series of tips that absolutely anybody can use to beat the LSAT's Logic Games. It'll take work, but at least there's no fireball-spewing dragon.

June 2001 (PT 34) Logic Game 4, Questions 19-24 (Souderton and Randsborough)

Here's another game that appears on most lists of "Logic Games That Make Me Want to Kill Myself." Many students get so perplexed by this one that they actually believe that there are errors in it. It's a shame, because the same students that think the game contains a mistake are right on the brink of discovering the game's biggest inference. Enjoy!  

June 2013, Logic Game #2 (petri dishes) Q6

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project No video for this one, just a text explanation of how to eliminate each answer choice:

A. Too many dishes on the top shelf. B. Doesn't violate any rules, so this is the correct answer. C. Dish 2 is below dish 6. Supposed to be the other way around. D. Dish 1 and 4 can't be on the same shelf. E. Dish 6 and dish 5 need to be on vertically adjacent shelves. Here, they aren't.

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 4 (paralegal assignments) Q23

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 23 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/LkaUrK1Q43c

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 4 (paralegal assignments) Q22

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 22 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/pTmz91l0av8

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 4 (paralegal assignments) Q21

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 21 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/AU9KyoSXEhg

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 4 (paralegal assignments) Q20

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 20 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/zxQeT41AaSs

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

June 2013 LSAT, Game 4 (paralegal assignments) Q19

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 19 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/74WLtt6pEXs

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 4 (paralegal assignments) Q18

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 18 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/MqmPzn4LM7Y

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

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June 2013 LSAT, Logic Game #4 (paralegal case assignments) setup

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project The fourth game tends to be the hardest, and while I didn't find this game extremely difficult it did require a bit of testing. Once again (just like game 3) I made two templates that turned out pretty well. Here's my setup for game #4:

http://youtu.be/JV2uGu17pbE

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

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June 2013 LSAT, Game 3 (juice and snack trucks) Q17

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 17 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/bGqLJCvp4G0

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 3 (juice and snack trucks) Q16

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 16 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/i9yYdd6tXD0

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project

June 2013 LSAT, Game 3 (juice and snack trucks) Q15

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project Here's number 15 from the June 2013 Logic Games:

http://youtu.be/a0GPD8cBFPc

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends!

--nathan

About me: I'm  the owner of Fox LSAT and FoxTestPrep.com. Please email me at fox.edit@gmail.com, call me at 415-518-0630, Tweet me @nfoxcheck out my books here, and watch 15 hours of free LSAT classes here.

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project