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Dear Colleagues.

Please help me with the understanding of CR.

I’m not a native speaker. My problem is that I cannot predict what the assumption should be in the Assumption questions, or what specifically I should strengthen or weaken in the respectful types of questions.

I know the strategies for a different types of questions, I can almost every time identify what is the conclusion and what is (are) premises (evidence), but I flatly cannot understand (or predict) what the answer should be.

After POE usually leave 2 or 3 answers, that require understanding, but I cannot understand. Very simple example from Kaplan to show my problem:

In 2001, a local high school implemented a new program designed to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy. The program, however, failed to produce the desired result. If the program had been successful, the dropout rate for female students would not have increased substantially in 2001.

The argument in the passage depends on which of the following assumptions?

A. The number of teen pregnancies nationwide increased in 2001.
B. The number of teen pregnancies in 2001 was greater than the number of teen pregnancies on 1991.
C. Teenage pregnancy is a leading reason that female students leave school.
D. The program was mandatory for all female students.
E. Most 2001 female dropouts were not pregnant at any time during the year.

(Of cause this Q can be done with POE and scope, but not all Qs are like these).

Conclusion: a 2001 school program to reduce teenage pregnancy was a failure.
Evidence: female dropout rate increased during 2001.

Even if I try to think like KISS – I still cannot understand how to assume that “pregnancy is important reason for a female to drop out of schoolâ€
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Dear Friend, the only solution I can suggest is to solve as many questions as possible.

keep visiting this forum more often. I am sure you will come across many good CR questions. And the best thing here is, you will have fun while you learn :-D
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Dear Friend, the only solution I can suggest is to solve as many questions as possible.

keep visiting this forum more often. I am sure you will come across many good CR questions. And the best thing here is, you will have fun while you learn :-D

Exactly, native or not, practice definately improves performance on all aspects of this test.

If CR is your greatest weakness, make it your favorite practice section and source out both the GMAT CR 1000 list and the LSAT CR 1000 list (harder than GMAT CR) and do as many questions as you can. After that you should notice a dramatic improvement in your overall verbal score.
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Dear Friends.

I’ve found this forum almost half a year ago, and the 2nd month already studying hard according to the Paul’s advise (found here). Thanks Paul :)

But CR is a big headache because I cannot understand the problem (raised above). But I still hope that hard practice will help me.

Could you please also give me a hand and give me a link to 1000 CR questions, because I cannot find them using “searchâ€
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I finally found 1000 CR, thanx.
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New post 06 Sep 2006, 06:31
For the assumption questions, if you can't paraphrase then try negating the choices and see if conclusion still holds true. In the question provided, lets try negating choice C:

Teenage pregnancy is NOT a leading reason that female students leave school.

If this is not the leading reason then female students are leaving because of some other reasons and not because of failure of program.

I would suggest to employ strategies given in Princeton Review. They seem to be effective. As said by others, key to success is the "vicious cycle" of practice and learn from mistakes. If you are making same mistakes again then you need to again go to basics.

Hope this helps.
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New post 06 Sep 2006, 07:38
Thanx A LOT, ps_dahiya!

That was a challenge for me what strategy to use –PR or Kaplan. They are 100% different for me (at this moment). PR looks easier, but with the Kaplan CD doesn’t work (in my case).

I’ll try to practice PR again (even though sometimes I cannot understand is the evidence casual, stat. or analogous) and will practice negating choises.

Thanx again!
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