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I just started studying for my GMAT and began with the Critical Reasoning section as discussed in the KAPLAN 2009 book.

Out of the 50 quiz questions, I got 15 right. I told myself, 'Okay, ill do the first 25 and depending on my score, ill look at the answers and for each question I got wrong, I'll try to learn something out of it'. When doing the next 25, I seemed to do WORSE. Its even hard for me to now pinpoint how to learn something out of every question. I need help here.

I'm planning on taking the GMAT in February and I told myself I'll spend a maximum of 3 weeks on Critical Reasoning so that I can move on to the next section. While I have the OG book, I'm nervous to even open it because I doubt I'll do any better.

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> When you get a question wrong and try to ask yourself "What did I learn from this question", what are you really trying to learn? I want to learn something that can help me move on and so when I see similar questions, I can excel in. Do I tell myself "learn the type question and hopefully if you see it on the next one, you know what to watch out for"? ...Do I tell myself "Okay, now I understand this, just be cautious"? I am so pumped to destroy this section and teach it a lesson but I feel like on my third day, I might be losing my self confidence.

> Should I attempt to go back to the basics and really try to understand the fundamentals? While fundamentals are great, I feel like I can't seem to apply them so seamlessly. For example, in the KAPLAN book it states that negation of assumptions 'weaken' an argument. When I started doing a few negations, I couldn't find them in my answer choices! And when I looked at the answer choices, negated them to strengthen the sentence, I couldn't find the 'missing' link.

> I found a couple books on critical reasoning online; what do you think of them? I need someone to open my mind.

BOOK #1: The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible: A Comprehensive System for Attacking the GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions
BOOK #2: Critical Reasoning GMAT Preparation Guide

A useful SITE: http://www.gmatcat.com/Verbal.html

What books do you think will help me go in the right direction? I can think logically and because i'm technologically driven, I don't assume anything, but my assumptions I craft up seem ridiculous to the GMAT and uselessly challenge.

> Should I consider into getting the KAPLAN private tutor?

My background: I was an engineer in college and now I'm a software developer.

Your guidance is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you ALL!
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Re: GMAT Critical Reasoning Improvements & Books [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2008, 21:58
I'm an English lit major and my advice may cause you to shake your head but the best, best, best thing you can do to improve your verbal skills (in general, not just CR) is to read a lot. Magazines, books, pamphlets, they all expose you to different styles of writing which, in my opinion, is better than any of the GMAT Verbal strategies out there.

Since you have until February, and probably don't have as much trouble with Quant, I'd just read as much and as widely as I can, and practice. I'm taking the test in Feb as well and I need to learn math all over again so I definitely envy you.
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Re: GMAT Critical Reasoning Improvements & Books [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 06:36
Thank you for your message. A few things: I read many non-fiction books. I'm currently in the process of reading the Mckinsey Mind. Nevertheless, I'll keep working on it.

> I think my problems lie with deconstructing an argument and figuring out the main point. I was thinking about my practice quiz and I noticed that for many of the questions, I end up "missing the point". Its as if I'm hung up on the wrong point altogether!

Have you looked at the books I've listed? Or anyone...?
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