It's hard to know where to start when trying to answer the questions in a logic game in the Analytical Reasoning section of the LSAT. A systematic approach can certainly help you get your bearings. When you begin a new logic game, do the following before you consider the questions:

  1. Scan the story to answer three important questions:

    • Which type of game is this?

      Is it a line game, in which you have to put elements in order? A sorting game, in which you have to separate elements into groups? A combination?

    • How many chips are in this game?

      That is, how many elements are you ordering or sorting?

    • Is this a 1-to-1 game?

      That is, will you have one chip in every box? Or can you have empty boxes? Can you place multiple chips in a box? Can you have unused chips left over, or can you use the same chip more than once?

  2. Use the story and clues to build the game board:

    • List the chips.

    • Draw the boxes.

    • Scribe notes on the clues.

  3. Improve the game board and, if possible, find hidden keys. When you begin a new question, do the following:

    1. Decide whether the question has an extra clue.

    2. Determine the answer profile.

    3. Draw a question chart, if needed.