Time Tactics: Introduction

LSAT logic games remind me of the “countdown scene” in a Hollywood thriller where our heroes have only fourteen seconds to disarm the nuclear warhead that will wipe out Manhattan. Have you noticed that Tom Cruise always manages to cut the right wire at the last second? That’s because he has a team of Hollywood scriptwriters behind him. You don’t. That’s why you need LSAT Time Tactics. This little book spells out the fastest way to get the right answer on the different question types in the logic games.

I wrote this book because I need it. Allow me to introduce myself. I was an Ivy League Philosophy major who needed a paying job, so I started programming computers back in 1980, back when computers were slow and computer memory was expensive. We used to fight for bytes the way some people try to squeeze a whole relationship crackup into one 140 character tweet.

As much as I enjoyed programming, I wanted more out of life, and decided to be a lawyer. I took the LSAT at age 29, scored at the 99th percentile, and went to Harvard. I spent fourteen fabulous years as a public interest attorney defending some of the most remarkable people on earth, and ten more years as an entrepreneur developing an award-winning educational publishing business. My wife and I bought a forty-acre farm deep in the Allegheny Mountains and handed the family business on to the next generation. I’m not quite ready to retire, so I started teaching the next generation of law students.

At 58, I’m twice as old as I was when I first took the LSAT, and it shows. I crushed the logic games in 1988. I have trouble with them now. I don’t have any trouble doing games or getting answers right–I just keep running out of time. At 58, I hope I am twice as wise as I was at 29, but I am definitely twice as cautious. I wanted to make sure each answer was right before I moved on–which is why I kept running out of time.

I could have just decided I was too old and stupid for logic games, but I’m much too vain for that. I went back to thinking like a programmer. There must be faster way to do LSAT logic games. More specifically, there should be a theoretically optimal solution path for each type of question in the games. If I could figure out what that path is, and follow it every time, I ought to get the games done faster.

To make a long story short, there is an optimal path through each type of question, and I did figure it out, and I do follow it every time. And where it had been taking me 40 minutes to get a perfect score on a logic game section, on average, it now takes me 25 minutes to get the same results.

I needed this book. If you’re reading it, you probably do, too. Let’s see if you get the same kind of improvement I did!


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