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# Kaplan method - CR

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06 Sep 2012, 07:56
Hi Kaplan friends,

In your method you say that we have to predict what would be the right nswer (third step), and then we must scan and find that prediction in the answer choices (step 4). "We don’t care about wrong answers and why they are wrong, we scan for a choice that matches our insight" (Kaplan expert) .

However, according to CR Powerscore Bible, we should read every choice, first eliminating the easy ones (losers), and then evaluating more deeply the rest (the contenders). As you can see, in this process, we pay more attention in why certain choice is wrong. Something different from your method.

In this sense, I think that your method is faster. However, what should we do if there is not a choice that matches our prediction?, Also, usually a CR question asks to find the BEST answer, in this sense, what should we do if there is another choice that is better than my prediction? If I don't pay more attention (not only scanning) to the other choices, maybe I could overlook that better choice because I am focused in finding my prediction.

Please, tell me how your method can eliminate those risks that I mentioned.

Thank you!
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06 Sep 2012, 08:40
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metallicafan wrote:
Hi Kaplan friends,

In your method you say that we have to predict what would be the right nswer (third step), and then we must scan and find that prediction in the answer choices (step 4). "We don’t care about wrong answers and why they are wrong, we scan for a choice that matches our insight" (Kaplan expert) .

However, according to CR Powerscore Bible, we should read every choice, first eliminating the easy ones (losers), and then evaluating more deeply the rest (the contenders). As you can see, in this process, we pay more attention in why certain choice is wrong. Something different from your method.

In this sense, I think that your method is faster. However, what should we do if there is not a choice that matches our prediction?, Also, usually a CR question asks to find the BEST answer, in this sense, what should we do if there is another choice that is better than my prediction? If I don't pay more attention (not only scanning) to the other choices, maybe I could overlook that better choice because I am focused in finding my prediction.

Please, tell me how your method can eliminate those risks that I mentioned.

Thank you!
Hi Metallica fan,

Thanks for checking in, and I'm glad you agree our methods are faster!

Here is the key: even though the GMAT asks you to find the "best" answer, you never need to decide between a good answer and a great answer. On a GMAT problem, every wrong answer will be wrong for a reason--it will fail in a specific way. The GMAT does not expect you to distinguish between necessary and sufficient assumptions, or between 50% and 75% strengtheners. There is one right answer and four rotten ones. That's why Kaplan always advices that you predict the answer, and find a match--because if you've found a match, you're done!

I hope this helps, and good luck with your prep!

regards,

Eli
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06 Sep 2012, 09:19
Thanks Eli! Now, I think I will save more time in the Verbal section!
Time that will be necessary for the difficult ones.
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