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Reading All the Answers

Alisahoban
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Hello! For the logic games section, as you work through each question is it necessary to read all the answer choices once you think you have found the correct answer?
Thank you!
Brook Miscoski
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Alisa,

When in doubt, read all of the answer choices and be sure that you can eliminate the ones that are wrong.

My feeling is that your approach to the logic games answer choices needs to be flexible. For the list questions (usually the first question in the game), it is certainly easiest to apply the rules to eliminate each of the wrong choices. When you're asked what's possible, it's usually best to look at all of the choices and eliminate the ones that can't happen. Similarly, when you're asked what can't happen, you might find yourself looking at all of the choices to eliminate things you have seen or know are possible.

Because our techniques focus in part on helping you to build a good diagram and powerful inferences that can lead you straight to answer choices, a strong games tester may find plenty of times where the correct response immediately stands out. This may help a strong games tester to be aggressive and move on if that is needed. We certainly emphasize that possibility.

At the same time, especially if you are a novice at games, you don't want to cheat yourself out of points and experience. I think it's helpful to be able to express why the wrong answers are wrong. In general, even though it is true that you can be more aggressive on games when you are certain of the right choice, I still review all the choices as a guard against a casual oversight. That's a speed issue. You should talk with your teacher directly about this question, as your instructor will have more insight into where you are personally.
Alisahoban
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Thanks so much!