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Best CR book. CR bible or Veritas Prep CR ? [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 06:44
I am a new entrant into the GMAT world :) .. I plan to take up the GMAT by feb 2012. So far I have understood that my weakness is the Critical Reasoning section. Could anyone please suggest me the best book for CR for beginners and even for advanced CR?I have read reviews of PowerScore CR bible and Veritas Prep CR 1&2. I'm confused and would like to zero down on the best bet for me,as I understand that it is best to invest in one of the two and follow the tips/strategies etc
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Re: Best CR book. CR bible or Veritas Prep CR ? [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 06:52
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I am a new entrant into the GMAT world :) .. I plan to take up the GMAT by feb 2012. So far I have understood that my weakness is the Critical Reasoning section. Could anyone please suggest me the best book for CR for beginners and even for advanced CR?I have read reviews of PowerScore CR bible and Veritas Prep CR 1&2. I'm confused and would like to zero down on the best bet for me,as I understand that it is best to invest in one of the two and follow the tips/strategies etc


Personally, I liked the CR Bible text book. It covers the topic pretty comprehensively and provides about 50 practice questions which are more similar to GMAT CR than any other source IMHO.

If I were you, I would follow this schedule to destroy CR, chronologically:

1. CR Bible - slowly and understand every single aspect, preferably twice. Work through the practice questions and properly understand how GMAT derives analogies,etc.

2. OG 12 - All CR questions - By now you will understand what type of answers are correct and incorrect. Read the explanation to ensure that the reason you got a question correct is valid or not.

3. After you become comfortable with OG 12 and Verbal Review (if you want), Practice some LSAT CR questions. Much more difficult and complicated than GMAT to fine tune your Reasoning Skills.

4. Before say 15-20 days of your test, use GMATPrep Documents to move back to the GMAT mode and hammer the final nail into the CR Coffin.

Remember CR is all about practice! It is very easy to master.

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Re: Best CR book. CR bible or Veritas Prep CR ? [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 06:55
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Welcome to the board man :)

I hope you find your stay here beneficial.

I used the Power Score CR Bible and I found the strategies in it practical and useful. I highly recommend the book.

And you're right, once you decide to invest on a book you must devote yourself to learning and applying all the strategies in that book. It's unhealthy to drift from one book to another after a peripheral read. It's important to apply the concepts. It's the only true way of learning ;)
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Well, I'm quoting a part of my GMAT debrief here to introduce another way of using the Power Score CR Bible. Personally, I think LSAT CR is overkill.

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Critical Reasoning:
1. Powerscore GMAT CR Bible -
An excellent book for improving oneself in CR! The best way to study it is (pay attention, this is important, I don't think anyone has mentioned this approach before) as follows:

The first few chapters in the book offers a brief overview of what CR is all about. The remaining chapters focus on specific question types. The book divides CR questions into 10 different types and the introductory chapters will tell you how to distinguish one question type from another. After learning the introductory chapters, do the following:
Keep the Powerscore CR Bible next to you and turn to the CR section of the official guide. Start with the first CR question in the official guide and see if you can classify the question type. If you can't refer back to the introductory chapters. If you are able to classify it, turn to the relevant chapter. Go through the chapter and then return to the question and see if you're able to get to the right answer by applying what you just learned. If you're not able to get the right answer, go through the chapter again and again till you know why the right answer is right and why the wrong answer is wrong. Keep repeating the procedure for every question you do till you reach the point where you can start solving questions without having to refer back to the text. If everything goes as per plan, you should get there by question number 60 to 70 in the OG. From there on, do the remaining questions under timed conditions. I assure you, by the time you finish with the CR questions in the official guide, you will be able to breeze through the 500, 600 and possibly the lower 700 level questions in the actual GMAT :D

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Re: Best CR book. CR bible or Veritas Prep CR ? [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 07:52
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I haven't used any resources from Veritas Prep, though it is a reliable company.

With that said, the general consensus on this website is that the Powerscore CR Bible stands as the best CR guidebook available. I used this book and can vouch for its quality; it's a fantastic product.
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Re: Best CR book. CR bible or Veritas Prep CR ? [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 23:44
Thanks everybody...!!! this was really helpful.. I have ordered the book on flipkart.. awesome site :). Thanks again ppl!! I'm all geared for my prep strting 08/10/2011... :)
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