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Scratch Paper on LSAT Logic Games?

UPDATE: For the Digital LSAT, you do get a booklet of scratch paper. It's about 12-14 pages, 8.5 x 11, unlined.

For the paper LSAT (outside North America), you can write on the page itself.


According to my highly unscientific survey, 95% of students draw their logic games diagrams / setups on separate sheets of paper while studying.

Actually, there was no survey - it's just something common I've noticed. Most students show up to their first tutoring session with me having done each logic game setup in a notebook. Each PrepTest page remains empty, even though there's no scratch paper on the LSAT.

Get used to using only the actual page instead of using a piece of scrap paper. It's essential that you get used to working within the test booklet's limited space.

Practice doing logic games in the LSAT test booklet, book, or photocopied page. If you must work on a separate sheet, only allow yourself 1/4 of a sheet per game. you can do this by folding the sheet in half twice. This will help you get used to making diagrams and symbols of the rules with minimal writing.



4 comments:

  1. ! Great Scott! I was afraid of this; thanks for the tip.

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  2. ALSO!!! Remember you are allowed to use a highlighter for the test--very useful for when setting up your 'game board' so that you don't have to rewrite the permanent rules or inferences. Paper used in LSAT is very thin, so it's important that you get a highlighter that does not bleed...BIC Brite Liner is the one I've been told does not bleed. Good luck~!

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  3. Steve,

    I know this is an old post, but hopefully you will still reply. I have never seen an actual LSAT (what they hand out in the test room on test day, I have seen released practice exams...too many of them!!), but I presume there is a cover sheet and back??? Would we be allowed to tear off these pages and use them as "scratch paper"??? I have reviewed the rules (at least the ones I have, not sure if they are accurate) and have found nothing that bars this action as long as it is completed before the test starts. Hopefully you can provide some input...thanks!

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  4. @diamonddriver - I think the post must be old as well because the update contradicts the reasoning for practicing within the limited space of the test margins. If you are taking the test in NA, and you will receive 12-14 pieces of scratch paper (about the size of standard computer paper), then I don't see a reason to train yourself to squeeze the games into a smaller window.

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