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Continuing our primer on the types of analytical reasoning (logic games) questions you might encounter on the LSAT:
In my last entry I covered (1) Line, (2) Grouping, and (3) Grid games. Next up we have:
- 4. Hybrid games. In my view, this category is vastly overused in many written study guides. A Hybrid game is a combination of two types of games, for example, a grouping game with a sequencing component. It happens…but to call it a “Hybrid game”, while true, isn’t helpful. Why? Because it doesn’t tell you what to do. And if you don’t know what to do, there’s a tendency to freeze and/or panic.
Here’s what you want to do: Pick one type of game and draw it. You can’t diagram a hybrid (as such). You can only diagram lines, groups, grids, circles and paths. So, do that. For example, if my game is that I have three boats into which I have to place people and there are three seats in each boat, and certain people have to be in front of each other, it doesn’t matter where I start. I can approach it as a Line game, with my 9 slots. But I’ll have to divide them into the three boats (Groups) anyway. Alternatively, I can start by having 3 boats. But I’ll have to draw the seats anyway. It is a hybrid game, but so what? That’s no help. What is a help is to say it’s a Line game—okay, draw that—with a Grouping component—and now draw that. An effective LSAT prep program should give you these tools.
My next entry will cover Circle, Circuits, and Formula games.
by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on March 09, 2014.
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