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Hi,
I just wanted to discuss something about the different question type, because a lot of books use different way to categorize them:

1) The syllogism question: premise+assumption= ccl, 65% of the GMAT's CR

- Strenghens (find the assumption)
- Weakens (find the assumption)
- Inference (find the conclusion)

2) Explain the paradox
3) Mimmic the reasoning
4) Boldface

5) Would you categorize the following question type apart, to they fall in the syllogysm category (above 1)? I have seen those category, in presentation, textbooks or flashcards

- "complete the reasoning" ? or is it an inference question?
- "assumption"? is it weaken or strenghen question?
- "Except" question"?

Because i would like to have a clear structure in my head, and be able to know quickly what is asked in the question stem...

Thanks in advance!
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Re: CR question type [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2011, 07:34
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Hi,
I just wanted to discuss something about the different question type, because a lot of books use different way to categorize them:

1) The syllogism question: premise+assumption= ccl, 65% of the GMAT's CR

- Strenghens (find the assumption)
- Weakens (find the assumption)
- Inference (find the conclusion)

2) Explain the paradox
3) Mimmic the reasoning
4) Boldface

5) Would you categorize the following question type apart, to they fall in the syllogysm category (above 1)? I have seen those category, in presentation, textbooks or flashcards

- "complete the reasoning" ? or is it an inference question?
- "assumption"? is it weaken or strenghen question?
- "Except" question"?

Because i would like to have a clear structure in my head, and be able to know quickly what is asked in the question stem...

Thanks in advance!


Assumptions are very similar to the strengthen/weaken questions.

Take the following example:
Sarah is on the track&field team. Sarah must be fast.

The assumption here is "All members on the t&f team are fast".

If that assumption was true, it would strengthen the argument.
If that assumption was false, it would weaken the argument.

Strengthen/Weaken and Assumption Questions are to a certain extent different sides of the same coin.
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Re: CR question type [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2011, 09:41
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I don't have anything to offer other than some general, basic advice.

I suppose that organizing one's studies in this way during the initial stages serves some good, but don't force yourself to identify which type a certain CR question belongs to during the test or problem practice sessions. That could lead to confusion or at least consume time. Overtime, you will rely less on such categorizations.

And don't worry about the differences between books or their approaches to CR. There is no "one way." Rather, these simply represent methods to help readers understand and feel comfortable with the material. Later on, you will rely on pure skill.
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