I’m facing a big problem in CR… Problem is that I’m not at all improving in CR section. My problem is coming with Strengthen and assumption questions… I’m unable to get those questiions right… I’m trying so hard to concentrate that I’m unable to completely understand those questions and mind is getting tired.
Please suggest… I’ve gone from better to worse in CR.
Looks like you're getting lost on CR and even re-reading the question stem is causing more problems.
You need to have a structured approach to these types of questions.
Strengthen questions (excluding helps explain) comprise nearly over 30% of questions -- assumptions (or argument depends) comprise 9% of questions (percentages based on OG13 questions). The whole point is that these are common question types and you'll need to be solid on these -- high chance you'll come across these types of questions during your exam.
At GMATPill, we recommend a 3-step approach.
1) Identify the conclusion -- every strengthen question will have on specific conclusion that we're trying to strengthen -- or figure out what is the basis for that conclusion. So if you re-read the passage multiple times -- well it may not be the most efficient strategy. You need to identify the keywords that would signal a conclusion.
[conclusion ], since ...[assumption / premise / support ]
2) Visualize the question - use diagrams in your head to piece together the connections that are made in making the argument. We visualize using GMATPill's table-top framework, this way you package every strengthen question into a conclusion (table-top) that is then supported by a supporting-leg.
3) Prethink the answer - once you've visualized the contents of the question stem, you generally can have an expected answer choice in mind before looking at the answer choices. This will help you avoid being mislead by answer choices that are not relevant -- by having an expected answer going in, you avoid too much time re-reading other answer choices -- cuz they'll all pull you in different directions and you'll end up wasting time evaluating each one.
So while the details are difficult to elaborate, a structured approach is best and recognizing some key strategies will save you tons of time and give you clarity. Try some gmat critical reasoning questions
using the structured approach to see if the 3-step approach helps.
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