This question places K second. When a question gives you a new rule, you should consider two things:

- How does the new rule interact with the existing rules?
- What is the most restricted point?

Normally, point 1 is all you have to do. But, placing K second triggers no obvious rules. (We know that L *can *go with K, but that’s not a must be true)

So, let’s consider the most restricted point. That’s area 1. Only J, K and L can go there. This question just leaves J and L who can go first. And, actually L can only go in 1 if K is also there (rule 3). So, this means we must have J alone in group 1:

Since J and K are in different groups, this also means O can’t be 2nd (rule 4). So, we must place O third.

Only L and P are left to place. We can put them in either group (though with a max of three variables in group 3, of course).

**E **is **CORRECT. **P can be in group 3.

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Odessia says

why is it the case that L can only go in 1 if K is also there (rule 3 only states that L must be with K *or* M, so couldn’t L go in area 3)?

MemberOrion (LSATHacks) says

You’re correct that L could go in area 3. What Graeme is saying, though, is that L can’t go in 1 in this case.

L has to be with K or M. M cannot be in area 1. This is why Graeme says that L can only be in 1 if it is with K, because it can’t be with M in area 1.