GMAT Prep Series: 4. My Preparation For Critical Reasoning

Handling Critical Reasoning (CR) the right way is essential to score most of the 700 level questions correct. If you are aiming for a score above 700 then you must be aware of the right techniques to tackle these questions. Please go through my post number two of this series to know which resources to follow. There are certain essentials listed out in the Power Score Critical Reasoning Bible that is a must for every GMAT taker.

I will try to condense the actuals of the book in a fairly simple and concise manner. The first essential knowledge you need to possess is to spot the type of question that you are solving for any CR question. The above mentioned book categorizes CR questions broadly into these eleven categories

1. Must Be True

2. Main Point

3. Weaken

4. Cause And Effect

5. Strengthen

6. Assumption

7. Resolve The Paradox

8. Method Of Reasoning And Flaw In Reasoning

9. Parallel Reasoning

10. Numbers And Percentages

11. Evaluate The Argument.

Every CR question consists of two essential component, the question stem and the stimulus (given set of sentences). It is just not sufficient to identify the question stem alone, you need to be able to analyze the given stimulus as well. The stimulus can basically contain an argument or not. If the stimulus contains an argument it will be having a set of premise and conclusions else it will be just a set of facts. You need to be able to separate the conclusion from premise. You work will be cut down by 50% if you can identify this part correctly.

Once you are skillful enough with the above tasks you can go ahead and strike each category of question type separately. Each question type will require specific skills and rules to solve them within the given time constraints. I would suggest you to spend double the time on Assumption, Strengthen and Weaken questions which are quite important.

Once you are done solving each chapter from Power Score CR book head over to GMAT Club and make sure you solve each and every question given over there. Also do verify answers and explanations provided. Make sure you register yourself and begin solving the questions. Every registered user will automatically have a workbook allocated by GMAT Club which tracks your responses and time taken for each question. It will be quite useful to analyze your performance later on.

My suggestion is to take it step by step. Get comfortable with level 500 first and then level 600 and then level 700 on GMAT Club. Hope this post is a bit helpful to GMAT aspirants.

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