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# Approach to CR

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20 Feb 2018, 08:45
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I am preparing for a GMAT retake. I did the official material again for verbal. I just attempted GMAT exam pack 1 wherein I got 660 and 34 in verbal. Now SC score was 40 and RC 35 but CR was very low 25. I got lot of 700 level questions in CR when i did the review and most were inference based even though in general it is not highly weighted. My approach is always to read the argument and then eliminate options. When I reviewed i found that in most questions i had zeroes down to two options but selected wrong one since when i did them again i picked the right answer and understood the logic. Kindly let me know how to quickly improve CR especially for difficult questions since now i have exhausted most of official material.

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21 Feb 2018, 11:12
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kreel11 wrote:
Hi

I am preparing for a GMAT retake. I did the official material again for verbal. I just attempted GMAT exam pack 1 wherein I got 660 and 34 in verbal. Now SC score was 40 and RC 35 but CR was very low 25. I got lot of 700 level questions in CR when i did the review and most were inference based even though in general it is not highly weighted. My approach is always to read the argument and then eliminate options. When I reviewed i found that in most questions i had zeroes down to two options but selected wrong one since when i did them again i picked the right answer and understood the logic. Kindly let me know how to quickly improve CR especially for difficult questions since now i have exhausted most of official material.

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Hi kreel11,

Here are few points you may consider:

Out of the last two choices, a weird looking choice is mostly correct. And mostly its not easy to get the logic behind this correct choice. BUT it is easy to eliminate the wrong choice. This last wrong choice violates the SCOPE of the argument, mostly by a SINGLE WORD/double negative/triple negative. So try to find out if there is anything wrong in the choice which seems right to you when you're stuck in last two choices.

Decoding the complex logic hidden behind the complex argument is not a easy task to do in 2 minutes. Try to practice the official questions again. You might think that you have practiced all of them and remember the answers, but can you find out 10 official questions that have same concept behind the construction of the arguments and then find another 10. Similarly find out 10 questions that use the SAME LOGIC in a choice? that's how you will find out PATTERNS and then CR would be easier for you because there are not too many patterns GMAT uses.

GMAT arguments are mostly real world problems based, so learn how to personalize the argument.

Also keep track of the goal i.e. what exactly are you looking for as per the question. In rush we do tend to forget this.

To practice more GMAT like questions you may also practice LSAT questions. find them here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/actual-lsat-cr-bank-by-broall-249447.html
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