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# Your opinion on Manhattan's T-Diagram

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In Manhattan's Critical Reasoning guide, they recommend that we use a T-Diagram in order to understand the argument better. For those of you not familiar, the T-Diagram consists of drawing a big T and then putting the conclusion on top and the 'premises for' and 'premises against' on the two columns below with a lot of abbreviation. Supposedly, this diagram will make the argument clearer to understand because we have broken it up into components. The Manhattan guide says that if we practice doing the T-Diagrams enough, they should take no more than 30 seconds on an actual GMAT exam question.

But in my opinion, T-Diagrams does in fact take precious time. Wouldn't it be better if we just train our short-term memory? I find myself completing a critical reasoning question correctly much faster without the T-Diagram. So what do you think? Has anyone actually used the T-Diagrams on the exam and benefited?
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Any type of visual aid during the actual test for verbal takes up too much time and doesn't guarantee a correct answer. If one needs such tools at the beginning of the study period as a way to understand the concepts more clearly or to "get the feel" of the questions early on, then I suppose that is okay. But that's about it. In other words, don't use this during the real test.
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Hi all,
Similar discussion and various responses here: diagramming-do-you-do-it-88784.html
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