How Logic Games Feel for Top Scorers
Top scorers find Logic Games to be challenging, just as everyone else does. Of course,
the big difference is that top scorers have the skills to meet these challenges. Here are
some characteristics that define Logic Games mastery:
One: Top scorers have the ability to comprehend and lay out a basic setup for any
Logic Games scenario.
If you take soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic, you can come up with hundreds of
different and unique flavors. Something similar happens with Logic Games, but our
first experience with them is akin to the person eating the food—what we might first
notice is that there seem to be hundreds of different types of Logic Games. Okay, maybe
not hundreds, but other strategy guides will divide Logic Games into dozens and dozens of different types for you to master. However, if you look at games from a slightly
different perspective, you can see that there is great commonality to all of these games,
and actually very little variation from the norm—they are all made of just a few basic
ingredients. The simplest, and most effective way to develop a sound ability to “picture”
any game is to develop a usable understanding of the fundamental issues that make up
the structure of all games. To carry the analogy through, the best way to understand all
of the various food dishes quickly and correctly is to develop a simple and usable understanding of the basic ingredients—soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
Top scorers have a simple and usable understanding of the fundamental issues that
underlie all games. This allows them to easily picture the basics of any game situation.
a note of caution
When thinking about improving at Logic Games, it’s
helpful to have a long-term perspective.
As we’ve mentioned, it’s very natural for people to get
better at Logic Games, and it’s almost expected that you
will make some significant improvement fairly quickly.
For a lot of people, just becoming familiar with a few basic
tools for diagramming is all it takes to make the first jump.
(This is different from Logical Reasoning and Reading
Comprehension, where score improvement commonly
comes a bit later in the study process.)
However, it’s important to note here that the manner
in which a person improves and thinks about his or her
initial improvement can have a significant, often unseen,
impact on how much the person can improve. Simply
put, this has to do with the development of habits—you
can develop sound fundamental habits that are easier to
build upon, or you can develop “pretty good” patchwork
habits that serve as a poor foundation for adding further
knowledge, and fall apart under the stress of the exam.
An analogy can be made here to tennis or golf: You can
get “pretty good” while developing bad habits in your
form, “trick shots,” and “shortcuts,” but these bad habits
can eventually prevent you from becoming awesome.
What are you meant to get out of this warning? Pay attention to your fundamentals—don’t be eager to get to
the “hard stuff.” I promise that if you understand the
fundamentals really well, the hard stuff is actually not
going to seem that hard at all. And don’t let yourself off
the hook when you don’t understand something or feel
uncomfortable with a strategy, especially in the earlier
lessons. You may survive one game not knowing how to
do something or not understanding the difference between two very similar rules, but you don’t want to go
into the test hoping you’re going to see the games you
feel comfortable with. You want to go into the exam confident that you can handle any game and any issue they
can throw your way.
Lesson 3: Logic Games Basics