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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2010, 07:18
very helpful- thanks
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 02:24
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 06:31
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2010, 00:53
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Best Critical reasoning shortcuts, tips, and notes

Strengthen the Argument
    Find the logical gap and fix it with additional information. This is the ONLY type of GMAT question where additional information (outside of the question) can/should be used.
  • Correct answers to this question type will:
  • Connect evidence with conclusion better.
  • Make conclusion stronger.
  • Strengthen the evidence with new information (perhaps an assumption is needed to make the argument work

Strengthen/Weaken
    Strengthen/Weaken questions are the most common Critical Reasoning (CR) question type on the GMAT.
  • Break down piece of evidence.
  • Attack validity of an assumption.
  • Don’t try to prove or disprove conclusion.
  • Tip the scales.

Strengthen/Weaken
    Don’t be careless! Wrong answer choices often have exactly opposite of desired effect.
  • Double-check that your answer satisfies the ques¬tion stem, not the opposite of the question stem.
  • When you compare two items, you must be sure that the two items are indeed comparable.



I have a question regarding the method to use while solving a strengthen/weaken type qs.
What I do is...
1. Read qs. first.
2. Classify as Weaken/Strengthen, etc...
3. Find conclusion.
4. Identify premises.
5. Figure out the assumption that links the conclusion and the premises (i.e. what the author must have assumed, but has not mentioned in para, to get to the conclusion).
6. Look for answer choice that either invalidates/negates the assumption (on weaken qs.) or mentions the assumption/gives evidence that proves the assumption right (strengthen qs.)

Someone on another forum told me I don't need to find the assumption in weaken/strengthen type qs. Is that true? How else do you solve it then?
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 14:29
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 10:11
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Re: Best Critical resoning shortcuts notes.. [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 19:19
mads wrote:
Good one. Thanks. +1Kudos.


Very Nice one... thank you so much..
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 11:32
"duplicate post of LINK"

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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 02:35
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 10:23
This is a gr8 thread! The bold faced ques have been giving me night mares and the info provided here shld definitely help.

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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 05:30
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2011, 18:53
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2011, 01:48
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2011, 02:37
That sounds very good :) Thanks
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2011, 00:13
Very, very useful.
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 22:01
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 16 May 2011, 18:48
Thanks for the great summary of the CR bible
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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 16:27
In addition to all these useful tutorials, I have found Conditional Reasoning tutorials useful as well, especially for must be true, main point, inference questions. A simple to understand tutorial is available at

http:http://www.top-law-schools.com/conditional-reasoning.html

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Re: Best Critical Reasoning shortcuts, notes, tips [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 13:20
Thanks. Great post.
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