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Quick Hit: Your Introduction to LSAT Games (Part 2 of 2)


Hi, there. So, you come here often? Really? Yeah, I'm totally into—Wait. We're not here for that. We're here because you want the world's best LSAT prep, and that's what we've got. So let’s pick up where we left off yesterday, and talk about Grouping Templates for LSAT Games

For those of you who don't know, the Games section of the test comprises a little more than 1/5 of your total score. There are always 4 games in the section, and each game will have between 5 and 7 questions associated with it. Nowadays, there’s a total of 22-23 questions in the section. Of those, expect 1or 2 games (10 or 12 questions) to make good use of one of our Grouping Templates. So, a little bit more info on those:

Static Grouping

These games ask you to put things into groups, and they are much rarer than Ordering games. Still, they provide us with a useful framework for grouping items which we'll continue to use in the much, much more common Binary Grouping games that follow. In Static Grouping, the groups can be physical groups (e.g., assigning a number of boaters to ships 1, 2, or 3). They can be conceptual groups (e.g., assigning legislators to committees on Amendments, Fair Hiring, or Trade). In any case, the salient aspect of a Static Grouping game is that you’re asked to put elements into one of several groups (usually there are 3 total groups).

Binary Grouping

These games also ask you to put thing into groups. The important difference is that these games assign elements to one of exactly 2 groups. They’re binary. As with the above, the groups can be physical or conceptual, but perhaps the most common formulation is the idea of selection (in which elements are either in the “chosen” group, or in the “not-chosen” group). Binary Grouping games represent roughly 20% of all games administered - you're quite likely to see one of these games on your test.

Variable Grouping

Yep. Once more, we’re putting things into groups. Initially, these games may look exactly like Static Grouping games. Variable Grouping games are different, however, because this time, we’re assigning elements that can belong to more than one of the groups. This can raise the complexity, but don’t you worry; we’ve got a system for dealing very efficiently with these games. These games are the rarest of the types, but like a bad penny, they keep turning up (PrepTests 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, and 62 each had one).

And that's what we're looking at; 5 templates that I've used with great success on every single game in forever. OK, not literally forever, but for the last decade of LSAT—in fact, since the October test of 2003 (PrepTest 41)—every single test has had only games from one of the five types listed above. So, make sure you check out the library of free lsat prep videos that include introductions to our games templates using actual, full LSAT games, and put a message in the comments if you have a question about anything LSAT—or, I guess, non-LSAT—related. 

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