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My biggest problem in verbal is CR. I have recently started reading Powerscore's critical reasoning book and I find it a good book but it bores me to death. I can't read more than 20 pages in one go and this kills my rithm. I had in mind to spend one week on the book but as it looks it will certainly take longer. Is there any errr. good and non-boring source about CR? I know my post sounds stupid, I just can't stand that book anymore.
I have yet to find a better source than CR Bible. I agree that its writing is dens--quite innovative words sometimes. The grammar sometimes is suspicious. Still, it helps your thinking, better than Kaplan does. They emphasize a lot on remembering their techniques. I cannot do that because I don't have a great memory and I am not left with much time. I tried their techniques (whatever I can remember) quite often and found them helpful. So hang on ...go through it once or concentrate on a few chapters and see yourself whether it helps.
For what it's worth Powerscore is a great book. I think our book is slightly more entertaining...but only slightly. CR and RC are the most difficult places to improve your score on this test. That's because the rules are a lot harder to get a grip on, so it often feels as if the questions are totally subjective. I think Powerscore goes into a bit TOO much detail at times (am I pushing my product enough yet?), but remember that the important part is that your ability to categorize questions (fit them into patterns of questions you've already seen, and thus trap answers that you've already conquered) continues to improve. If you're unable to do this because you find the book boring, try another one. Odds are you'll find ours boring too (it is the GMAT after all!), but you never know. : )
Tommy Wallach | Manhattan GMAT Instructor | San Francisco