# Approaching a Logical Reasoning Section Strategically

There is a fundamental truth about test takers when it comes to the LSAT: everyone is different. That is, everyone who sits down with this exam will have unique strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and, ultimately, ways in which they can optimize their performance in every section. And while that certainly affects how it is that people prepare—where they should devote their time and effort when studying—it also dictates how test takers should behave during the actual test.

It’s worthwhile to consider a few facts about Logical Reasoning before we talk strategy: (1) there are approximately 25 questions in each of the two scored Logical Reasoning sections, and the questions will be a mix of many different types—a total of 13 question types are possible, although only about 9 or 10 appear with much frequency—given in a completely random order; (2) unlike Games and Reading, the questions in LR tend to increase in difficulty as you get deeper into the section, so that questions in the 14-20 range are generally harder than questions 1-7; (3) two important points to note about that progressive difficulty increase: it’s a general trend as opposed to a perfect gradient, so that on average questions get harder, but you can’t make absolute predictions from one question to the next; the last few questions, say 22-25 or so, tend to be slightly easier than the questions immediately preceding them (I won’t get into the potential reasons of why that is, just know that it is typically the case); and finally (4) as always, “difficulty” itself is dependent on both the nature of the question, as well as your personal preferences and abilities.

Continuing that fourth point on the subjectivity of “difficulty,” you will find as you prepare that certain questions or question types are often either inherently easier or more difficult for some feature that they contain, such as the usually mild Must be True question with simple conditional reasoning compared to the typically more challenging page-long Parallel Reasoning question or question with a stimulus containing extremely abstract discussions of philosophical ideas (“A precept can be thought to be morally justifiable if the consequences of acting upon that precept do not infringe upon…” ugh). And you will also find that you have particular strengths and weaknesses—question types on which you tend to perform more strongly or poorly—that over time become fairly consistent and often times predictable, which, again, suggests that the very notion of “difficulty” is best defined by the individual.