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# CR Strategies - need some advice

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01 Aug 2011, 20:55
There are primarily 2 "high level" strategies in CR
1. Read the Stimulus -> Then the Stem -> Then pre-phrase, personalize, etc. -> Start eliminating choices, etc.

MGMAT CR and few others recommend #2. However, Powerscore CR recommends #1

When I started my GMAT prep, I read MGMAT CR first but I could not improve my accuracy using #2. Then I read Powerscore CR and my accuracy and confidence bumped up. Since then I have been following #1.

Now I realize that, at the beginning of my preparation, reading the Stem did not give me any information as I could not categorize these questions. However, now I can categorize just by reading the stem.

I think my accuracy under the time pressure is still not there where I would like, mainly BECAUSE I spend a lot of time pre-phrasing in-general. As I try to understand the stimulus while reading, since I don't know what I will be asked, I think about all possibilities; doing so sometimes takes a little bit more time than I would want to take. Then I read the stem and I pre-phrase the answer, and jump right into the choices.

Now my Question to those who have master the art of verbal is: Do you guys recommend me to switch to #2 strategy? Would that help me do CR faster while maintaining the desired accuracy?

Thanks.

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02 Aug 2011, 13:18

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03 Aug 2011, 09:19
Hi,

I would also agree that once you've become good at recognizing types of arguments and flaws (which it sounds like you have done) you should definitely be reading the question stem first. I know you already have our book, but this article gives some good reasoning and strategies to support this method: http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... reasoning/

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Caitlin Clay
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