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Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice questions, each with a video explanation:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-criti ... questions/
Let me know if there are any questions.
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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 09:22
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For folks who find GMAT CR challenging, here's a list of articles that help with this tricky question type:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/introducti ... reasoning/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/formal-log ... reasoning/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/arguments- ... -the-gmat/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-cr-paradox-questions/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/how-to-wea ... reasoning/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/save-time- ... questions/

Let me know if anyone has any further questions. Experts, any sage words you want to share to help folks make sense of the CR format?

Mike :-)

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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 20 May 2013, 10:31
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Hello all,
Here are three more blogs, each with new practice GMAT CR questions.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-logic ... -argument/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-criti ... questions/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-criti ... inference/
Let me know if there are any questions.
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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2013, 12:18
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Hello all,

Here's a post that collects several more GMAT CR practice problems in one place --- five new ones on this page, and links to six other pages, each with multiple practice questions.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/more-gmat- ... questions/

I hope this helps folks.
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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2014, 23:26
mikemcgarry wrote:
For folks who find GMAT CR challenging, here's a list of articles that help with this tricky question type:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/introducti ... reasoning/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/formal-log ... reasoning/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/arguments- ... -the-gmat/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-cr-paradox-questions/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/how-to-wea ... reasoning/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/save-time- ... questions/

Let me know if anyone has any further questions. Experts, any sage words you want to share to help folks make sense of the CR format?

Mike :-)



Hi Mike,

Thanks for the useful post:).
I've just completed the set, but some questions can't be found on Magoosh website any more :(. Can you help to explain this one?

3) Although many claim, rightfully so, that selfish interests dictate policy in the United States government’s international aid programs, and that such aid is used to support right-wing dictatorships, it is nevertheless true that these programs bring much-needed food and other life-giving commodities to destitute, innocent people.
Which of the following, if true, is most damaging to the argument above?
A. The distribution of food and medicines in these foreign countries is always controlled by government officials, who invariably use them for political and personal rewards.
B. Literacy textbooks prepared under the direction of the United States Central Intelligence Agency include lessons on the disadvantages of communism.
C. Most of the food used in these programs is from crops purchased by the American government from American farmers through subsidy programs designed to improve the American economy.
D. In countries that do not receive aid from the United States, thousands die each year from starvation and disease.
E. Governments classified as right wing receive over 78 percent of the total U.S. expenditures for international development programs; governments classified as socialist receive less than 12 percent.

I dont understand what's wrong with D? I think it actually weaken the argument, dont u think?
Thanks :)

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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2014, 16:33
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for the useful post:).
I've just completed the set, but some questions can't be found on Magoosh website any more :(. Can you help to explain this one?

3) Although many claim, rightfully so, that selfish interests dictate policy in the United States government’s international aid programs, and that such aid is used to support right-wing dictatorships, it is nevertheless true that these programs bring much-needed food and other life-giving commodities to destitute, innocent people.
Which of the following, if true, is most damaging to the argument above?
A. The distribution of food and medicines in these foreign countries is always controlled by government officials, who invariably use them for political and personal rewards.
B. Literacy textbooks prepared under the direction of the United States Central Intelligence Agency include lessons on the disadvantages of communism.
C. Most of the food used in these programs is from crops purchased by the American government from American farmers through subsidy programs designed to improve the American economy.
D. In countries that do not receive aid from the United States, thousands die each year from starvation and disease.
E. Governments classified as right wing receive over 78 percent of the total U.S. expenditures for international development programs; governments classified as socialist receive less than 12 percent.

I dont understand what's wrong with D? I think it actually weaken the argument, dont u think?
Thanks :)

YL

Dear hoangyenle,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

At Magoosh, we are constantly reviewing our questions, removing ones that don't perform well and replacing them with questions of higher quality. This question isn't that bad, but it's one that we retired, which is why you no longer could find it.

The argument says, essentially, that the US giving aid is a good thing. By giving aid to countries, we help the people there, which is a good thing to do. These aid programs are a good thing. That's the argument.

I'll just address choice (D), because you asked about it. When countries don't receive the aid, thousands die of starvation. That's a strengthener! That proves how effective and how much needed the US international aid programs are. If the US could increase its international aid programs, and give to these other countries as well, then it would help even more people.

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)

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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2014, 20:20
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Hi Mike,
I have a question here :) it's a bold-face question from you post.

2. The Interstate Bridge over the Apache River, built in the 1950s, shows a substantial amount of rust: as much as 45% of its surface is coated in rust. Community activists have argued that the bridge presents a hazard: it is likely to collapse in places where it has rusted through. Professors of mechanical engineering at the local university did an extensive analysis of the bridge. These professors and their graduate students determined that 98% of the rust on the bridge exists on the surface only, and actually seals the underlying steel from the corrosive influence of the elements. The results of this academic study suggest that the bridge is safe for continued use.
In the argument given, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?
(A) The first is evidence in support of the conclusion; the second is that conclusion.
(B) The first is the main conclusion of the argument; the second provides evidence that calls this conclusion into question.
(C) The first is evidence taken to support one conclusion; the second provides evidence that calls this conclusion into question.
(D) The first is a position that the argument opposes; the second is the conclusion of the argument.
(E) The first is an interpretation of evidence; the second calls that evidence into question.

The OA is D, but I still think E is right. I have 2 reasons.

First, I don't think the argument in this stem has a opposite relation. The author just stated the fact.
The second, which made me to choose D, is that E makes sense.

I got the rest of the 2 question. but I stuck in this one. Thanks in advance :)

Wait! I got it! It's not the evidence is wrong, but the interpretation of the evidence is doubtful. This makes E out.

Well, I still decide to post this because other folks may have the same problem. :)
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Wait! I got it! It's not the evidence is wrong, but the interpretation of the evidence is doubtful. This makes E out.

Well, I still decide to post this because other folks may have the same problem. :)

Dear samsmalldog,
Yes, you are perfectly correct. The professors called into question not the evidence itself (the rust on the bridge), but the community activists' interpretation of this evidence.
And thank you for your generosity, keeping up this post that reflects your though process. A noble gesture for others.
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Re: Here's a set of 6 GMAT Critical Reasoning practice [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2014, 20:13
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samsmalldog wrote:
Wait! I got it! It's not the evidence is wrong, but the interpretation of the evidence is doubtful. This makes E out.

Well, I still decide to post this because other folks may have the same problem. :)

Dear samsmalldog,
Yes, you are perfectly correct. The professors called into question not the evidence itself (the rust on the bridge), but the community activists' interpretation of this evidence.
And thank you for your generosity, keeping up this post that reflects your though process. A noble gesture for others.
Mike :-)


Hi Mike,
You are welcome, I'm a big fan of your blog on Magoosh(although I haven't left any replys :)) and I'm one of your follower. Your explanations are always clear and, in my word, easy to follow. Thank you Mike, I've learned a lot from you. :)
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