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Ok so for these assumption question I usually just read the problem and then from the choices listed I try to find the central assumption. I do that by employing the denial test. So basically if I deny what the answer choice says, and if it is the answer, then the whole argument provided in the question falls apart.
SO in the example of this question:
English and the Austronesian language Mbarbaram both use the word â€œdogâ€
I get D)
This question was pretty interesting to me as I am interested in etymology, although I am an engineer . I worked this one by the process of elimination.
For different people different approaches work. For me negating the answer choice and then proving it right does not work - in fact I get more confused.
After I read the CR statement, I try to formulate the possible answers in my mind before looking at the answer choices. In about 50% of the time, I see an answer choice related to the answer I had in mind. I pick it up and move on. This requires active thinking when you read the CR - not just reading the passage. If I can't think of the answer or I don't see the answer that I had in mind among the answer choices, I use the process of elimination. POE in fact works great for all of the Verbal section for me.
The good thing about CR is that there is only one correct answer, unlike SC where one answer could be more correct than another. In CR, most of the time the wrong choices don't even come close to being the answer.
Last edited by nocilis on 18 Feb 2005, 19:32, edited 1 time in total.
Actually nocilis I find that I have the problem you have with SC mostly with CR...sometimes I have a problem distinguishing between answers for CR. But I agree POE for Verbal is key, definately more so than for Quant!
The way I worked it out is that if the person in the question is trying to say that there is no relation because the people who spoke these languages never met, then he is trying to disprove about the relationship between languages. This leads us to the answer C becasue this option is exactly what that authors has in mind i.e. what he has assumed.