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You know that moment where everything comes together... [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 09:35
I finally had one with Critical Reasoning!!!

My big problem was trying to force myself to understand that the argument has no bearing on real world situations. This may seem a bit over the top since for some people this may be easy, but for me I have to take what is in the argument as a real world generalization and then extrapolate this reasoning along all answers.

Such as for weaken questions I would relate the answers to real world scenarios and pick the answer that would literally make the argument invalid.

I finally received my Critical Reasoning Bible and thought it was just like the others and I was reading through Chapter 2 in heading, The Mind of a GMAT Author, and read this, "When you read a GMAT argument from the perspective of the author, he or she believes that their argument is sound." Other portions also helped but this one triggered an epiphany as to how I should evaluate critical reasoning. I finally understand the difference between GMAT CR and IRL CR, and it is from the terms of the actual test writers, and not some generalization a test maker found and decided to turn into a CR question.

Yes it did take 5 1/2 weeks of studying to puzzle through this conundrum, but the good thing is all of those little rules I have been pounding in to my brain can be used to their full potential.

With this newly formed understanding, my hit rate, which was around 60%, is now in the 85-90%!

I love these types of moments!

If only I could have one of these moments with Sentence Correction...

PS. Sorry for grammar I am in a hurry.
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Re: You know that moment where everything comes together... [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 12:36
Good for you! And don't worry you will soon get there with SC too. Best wishes.

P.S. Have you tried SC grail? Its the best.
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Re: You know that moment where everything comes together... [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 08:25
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With this newly formed understanding, my hit rate, which was around 60%, is now in the 85-90%!

That's a BIG improvement! Well done.

With sections like CR and SC, the complexity can be intimidating. But if one can develop a knack for seeing the structure behind the words and understand how GMAT Critical Reasoning is structured, that's half the battle won. But despite all the training, it's easier said that done.

If one can develop an intuitive feel for the problem, that's the million dollar (?) Aha moment.

Good luck with the other tough sections.
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Re: You know that moment where everything comes together... [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 15:02
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Congrats! The Powerscore CR Bible is indeed a powerful tool. It's probably my favorite GMAT guidebook.

Test makers don't want anyone to have an advantage due to prior knowledge or the ability to relate to every question. In fact, such an approach probably distracts test takers from what they are supposed to do: look for causal relationships and stay within scope. The skills and approach that you acquire from reading the Powerscore CR Bible will work regardless of the subject matter.
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Re: You know that moment where everything comes together... [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 15:26
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Congrats! The Powerscore CR Bible is indeed a powerful tool. It's probably my favorite GMAT guidebook.

Test makers don't want anyone to have an advantage due to prior knowledge or the ability to relate to every question. In fact, such an approach probably distracts test takers from what they are supposed to do: look for causal relationships and stay within scope. The skills and approach that you acquire from reading the Powerscore CR Bible will work regardless of the subject matter.



That is the gap that was filled I am an accountant as I said and very X's and O's oriented, and my bible was GAAP which was very clear and straightforward.

Still have a couple topics that I need to master, but Strengthen/Weaken/and a few others I have mastered. Still need to work on Assumption type questions. The methods of reasoning was AWESOME in the bible!
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Leave everything you know about the real world BEHIND when you attack CR. Go SOLELY on the info given in the question. If you bring in your own oppinions, thoughts, and ideas they will surely trick you into the wrong answer. This is a big step for people to overcome and will definitely earn you a few extra problems on test day. GOOD WORK
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Re: You know that moment where everything comes together... [#permalink] New post 26 May 2012, 06:39
For me, the ah-ha moment came when I finished the powerscore cr bible.
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