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Hello Everyone,

I've been studying to take my GMAT for the first time. I am having trouble with the CR portion more than any other section. While I have other areas to work on, CR has been bugging me and taking my attention away from other parts. I did two MGMAT CAT's untimed (I know this is a sin) and got 34 and 35 on Verbal. My SC was consistent at around 4/5 mistakes, RC 2-4 (which I am very happy about), and my CR was at 11/12 mistakes. I have noticed that when most people are good at RC they are good at CR as well, so I am hoping that there is a quick way to fix this. I am a non-native but have lived in the US for about 12 years now. My reading section on the SAT was a 400, so doing well on the RC without much practice has been a very pleasant surprise. CR on the other hand is tricky. When I was going through the MGAT CR section, I thought that it was a breeze (I was also doing well on OG and other GMAT chapter questions). When I started on the MGAT Q-bank quiz I thought that I will easily get a 20/24. I got a 9/24 and was shocked since I was so confident in my answers. It is also to be noted that on the CAT's the difficulty of the questions was at 700-800 for more than 25 questions, and almost all of my mistakes were in that category. I have read that I should practice making assumptions/tackle argument weaknesses before reading answers, but a lot of times I feel that there are way too many possibilities for that. I also don't take notes and rely on my good memory. What would you recommend to someone that is doing well on the RC but not the CR? Are there any better sources on this website (like the free tests) that can be more helpful than the MGMAT questions? Thank you for the help.
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Use Powerscore CR Bible for CR. It's one of the best books for "understanding" and "engaging" with CR.

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Hello Everyone,

I've been studying to take my GMAT for the first time. I am having trouble with the CR portion more than any other section. While I have other areas to work on, CR has been bugging me and taking my attention away from other parts. I did two MGMAT CAT's untimed (I know this is a sin) and got 34 and 35 on Verbal. My SC was consistent at around 4/5 mistakes, RC 2-4 (which I am very happy about), and my CR was at 11/12 mistakes. I have noticed that when most people are good at RC they are good at CR as well, so I am hoping that there is a quick way to fix this. I am a non-native but have lived in the US for about 12 years now. My reading section on the SAT was a 400, so doing well on the RC without much practice has been a very pleasant surprise. CR on the other hand is tricky. When I was going through the MGAT CR section, I thought that it was a breeze (I was also doing well on OG and other GMAT chapter questions). When I started on the MGAT Q-bank quiz I thought that I will easily get a 20/24. I got a 9/24 and was shocked since I was so confident in my answers. It is also to be noted that on the CAT's the difficulty of the questions was at 700-800 for more than 25 questions, and almost all of my mistakes were in that category. I have read that I should practice making assumptions/tackle argument weaknesses before reading answers, but a lot of times I feel that there are way too many possibilities for that. I also don't take notes and rely on my good memory. What would you recommend to someone that is doing well on the RC but not the CR? Are there any better sources on this website (like the free tests) that can be more helpful than the MGMAT questions? Thank you for the help.


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If you are making 11 mistakes out of 12, you need to re work on your basics.
As already suggested, PowerScore CR Bible is an awesome resource to understand the basics. Alternatively, you could use the Manhattan Strategy guides to build your fundermentals. Alongside that, practice questions from the GMATClub topic wise questions sorted by difficultly.

This should help you with improving your score. Take tests from time to time during the learning process to understand if you are benefitting from the learning.

Hope that helps you!
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Thank you for the reply. How long would it take me to finish that book or improve CR in general? My problem is that I have about 4 weeks left and need to bring my quant to 50/51. I also have so many books already (MGMAT series, OG, MGMAT adv quant). I do put in about 30+ hours per week so if it's doable I would buy that book. I was mostly trying to see if anyone has faced such a big problem in CR and has any psychological tips for me.
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I think 4 weeks is a good enough time to get your quant score up to Q50-51 by purchasing the GMATCLUB quant tests. Whenever you make a mistake, understand why you made the mistake. Note this learning down seperately and work on improving it. At the same time, you could work on Critical Reasoning from the CR Bible and practice from GMATCLUB. You should work 15 hours on quant and verbal each to improve your score.

I don't think CR should be a big problem if RC is okay. Hope this helps you.
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