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# Spending Too Much Time on CR Questions (MGMAT Approach)

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30 Jul 2012, 10:29
Hello guys,

I am currently preparing for the GMAT (31st of August) and struggling with my timing on CR questions. I went trough the MGMAT Guide for CR and as recommended there, I always diagram each argument. With this approach I reach a stable accuracy of 80% on easy and middle questions out of the OG 12, but I also spend on average 30 sec more on these questions than the 120 sec limit.
How do you attack CR questions, is there an alternative approach?

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30 Jul 2012, 15:49
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Hi there!

With regard to improving your timing on CR questions - practice may be your best friend here. I do not have personal experience with MGMAT's CR diagram (the T-diagram thingamajig?), but I have heard that employing it means that you start out relatively slowly and gain a little steam as you gain experience with their method.

How long have you been practising for?
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Perhaps my advice will seem a little too simple, but have you tried answering CR questions without relying on diagrams? Diagrams may be a useful tool at first, but it appears that this approach is acting more as an impediment now. It might be uncomfortable at first, but you should be able to adjust and answer questions without diagrams.
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Many people on this forum would recommend Powerscore CR for CR questions. Powerscore doesn't use the diagramming method
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Hello and thanks for your replys! I have more or less exhausted all of the CR questions out of the OG 12 and would continue with the verbal book. I will give bmillan01's advice a try, but my feeling is that it is not the action of drawing the diagram that takes me longer, I think it's more a general problem. Does the Powerscore CR introduce new methods?

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The Powerscore CR Bible is similar to its Manhattan counterpart, so there probably isn't much value in using both books. With that said, the Powerscore CR Bible is generally considered the best in the market.

Also, don't worry about running out of practice questions. You still have the OG Verbal, GMATClub's CR Forum, and LSAT question banks.
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Where can I find LSAT question bank?
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Even i am facing the same problem, my accuracy is around 90%, but i am taking too longer, and unable to finish the section. Anyone please help me on timing part for verbal section in general, in spite of spending so much time for preparation, i am unable do all the questions in the section.
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I just bought the MGMAT CR book. Should I go exchange for the Powerscore CR or is the MGMAT adequate?
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31 Jul 2012, 05:56
rocknrollgmat wrote:
Where can I find LSAT question bank?

Here is the link. But be aware that LSAT LR questions are generally considered more difficult than GMAT CR questions and cover more material not tested on the GMAT.

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I just bought the MGMAT CR book. Should I go exchange for the Powerscore CR or is the MGMAT adequate?

If you haven't read Manhattan CR yet and can get a full refund for store credit, then go ahead and exchange it for the Powerscore CR Bible. Also, factor in how much time this transaction will take. You don't want to sacrifice too much study time waiting on a CR guidebook. I would stress (again) that purchasing and reading both book probably isn't the best investment in your time and money. You should be fine with either one.

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Even i am facing the same problem, my accuracy is around 90%, but i am taking too longer, and unable to finish the section. Anyone please help me on timing part for verbal section in general, in spite of spending so much time for preparation, i am unable do all the questions in the section.

Why do you think that you're taking too much time answering the question? Are you having trouble retaining the information from the passage? Are you rereading the passage and questions? Are you hesitating when choosing between two answer choices? Or does it just take awhile to work through the problem?

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