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New post 07 Aug 2019, 05:45
Even after practicing alot of CR questions, my average time is stuck at 3mins for CR. Any particular strategy that I should adopt to cut down on my timings?
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Hey Aadhar, getting through CR questions quickly can be quite a challenge to start with! Ideally, you should take just under 2 minutes per CR question on the GMAT, but this is obviously much harder to do organically than to simply solve the question with no time constraints. A couple of things can help you out however:

1. Always try to categorise the question first - It's essential to understand what the question requires you to do before diving in. Assumption/Strengthen/Weaken questions all require you to take the options as true statements and see how that impacts your conclusion, while Inference questions require you to question whether the options are true or not. This can require a lot of mental switching! However, if you figure out what the question type is early on, you will be clear in your thought process and rather than fighting a monster, you're just executing a bunch of steps.

2. Remember that the vast majority of GMAT CR questions can be solved by following just 5 steps. They are:
a) Read the question stem - 10s
b) Read the stimulus + ID the conclusion/what the author(or person mentioned) is trying to prove - 45s
c) Contextualise the argument/question so you know what kind of answer you're looking for - 15s
d) Eliminate ridiculous - 20s
e) Final Elimination - 30s

Once you recognise that CR questions are essentially just an execution of these five steps, the task becomes a lot more "paint by numbers" and you can set targets for how quickly you wanna finish questions.

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Hi AadharGoeal,

You ask a great question and I’m happy to provide some advice, but first I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions.

1) How many times have you taken the actual GMAT? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken the GMAT, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.

2) How many practice GMAT tests did you take? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex: mba.com).

3) Please describe how you studied. For how many hours a day did you study and for how many months? What resources did you use?

4) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

5) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

6) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

7) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.

8) Is there anything else that I should know? Anything else you’d like to tell me?
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New post 08 Aug 2019, 11:20
Focus on the accuracy first..The more and more you practice CR questions, you keep on identifying the patterns and hence your timing improves. Also, practice only official GMAT and LSAT questions.
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