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.