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CR Strategy [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 14:38
Hi buddies!

I am practicing CR questions of the GMATPrep. I am solving them very well, almost all correct, however I cannot eliminate the rest of the choices in less than 1:45 minutes. In other words, I almost inmedialy identify the OA, but always I try to eliminate the other choices because I want to be sure that I answered well and because I know that there are questions that probably have two choices that perform the task required. But doing that consumes a lot of time.

Is my strategy correct?, or could I just choose the OA and move on? , what could I do to improve my speed?

Thanks!
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Re: CR Strategy [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2013, 06:12
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Hi buddies!

I am practicing CR questions of the GMATPrep. I am solving them very well, almost all correct, however I cannot eliminate the rest of the choices in less than 1:45 minutes. In other words, I almost inmedialy identify the OA, but always I try to eliminate the other choices because I want to be sure that I answered well and because I know that there are questions that probably have two choices that perform the task required. But doing that consumes a lot of time.

Is my strategy correct?, or could I just choose the OA and move on? , what could I do to improve my speed?

Thanks!


Hi Danzig, in fact your strategy is correct for certain CR questions, and sub-optimal for others (the old "you're right and wrong at the same time" answer :)

In Critical Reasoning, there are 4 major types of questions: Strengthen the argument, Weaken the argument, Infer from the argument and analyze the Method of reasoning (SWIM). For Strengthening and Weakening questions, the answer will almost always involve a difference between the proposed conclusion and the evidence to back it up. If you can identify the conclusion of the statement, you can usually predict the correct answer type, which is great because it allows you to go faster and not be swayed by tempting trap answer choices. You should absolutely predict on these and then scan the answer choices for something that matches your prediction fairly well. If you don't find one, then you may need to go back and re-evaluate the conclusion, etc. If you find one that matches, then you're pretty much done.

For the other two types of questions, though (Inference and Method of reasoning), you're unlikely to be able to predict the correct answer because there can multiple proposed answers that all make sense. However the exam will only give you one answer that actually works, and four incorrect choices. To correctly identify the proper choice, often you have to eliminate the other four. There's no efficient way to skip this process for Inference or Method of reasoning questions. However, since statistically most of the questions you see will be either Strengthen or Weaken, this will only come up 20-30% of the time, allowing you to save significant amounts of time on the exam on the other two types.

Hope this helps!
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Re: CR Strategy   [#permalink] 05 Jul 2013, 06:12
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