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31 Jul 2008, 18:42
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I was wondering if there are any CR tips you guys suggest? For example is it better to read the question first then the stem, or the other way around.
Any references / guides that you think are useful. I am not asking for books, just quick reads and tips to help up the score.
I looked in the Verbal forum but didn't find much.

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31 Jul 2008, 19:54
I like the Powerscore CR bible. The bible lists tips at the end of every chapter. I think it is an excellent source to improve CR.
Also, the bible suggests reading the stimulus first and then the question stem. it defends this strategy. It suggests that reading the question stem works for easy questions but not on difficult ones. Moreover, if the question stem has a lot of new information, then you end up wasting 10-15 seconds reading the stem unnecessarily and then rereading it again after you read the stimulus.
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02 Aug 2008, 13:58
Really concentrate on whether each sentence builds on the previous one. Each sentence must be connected somehow. If it they aren't, that's probably where you should be looking for the answer. You should be able to tell what's wrong with probably 3/4 of the sentences before reading the choice.

I always read the question after the passage. When practicing, for a long time, for each CR passage I would write the conclusion and how each sentence in the passage applied, eventually I didn't need to write it down anymore.
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02 Aug 2008, 16:17
Great guideance guys. Makes very good sense
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06 Aug 2008, 12:48
aaron22197 wrote:
I like the Powerscore CR bible. The bible lists tips at the end of every chapter. I think it is an excellent source to improve CR.
Also, the bible suggests reading the stimulus first and then the question stem. it defends this strategy. It suggests that reading the question stem works for easy questions but not on difficult ones. Moreover, if the question stem has a lot of new information, then you end up wasting 10-15 seconds reading the stem unnecessarily and then rereading it again after you read the stimulus.

which one is good. GMAT OR LSAT..POWERSCORE??
which one do you suggest
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07 Aug 2008, 05:30
x2suresh wrote:
aaron22197 wrote:
I like the Powerscore CR bible. The bible lists tips at the end of every chapter. I think it is an excellent source to improve CR.
Also, the bible suggests reading the stimulus first and then the question stem. it defends this strategy. It suggests that reading the question stem works for easy questions but not on difficult ones. Moreover, if the question stem has a lot of new information, then you end up wasting 10-15 seconds reading the stem unnecessarily and then rereading it again after you read the stimulus.

which one is good. GMAT OR LSAT..POWERSCORE??
which one do you suggest

I haven't tried the LSAT powerscore, but I did try the GMAT powerscore. Since there is a book directly relevant to the GMAT, why work on the LSAT book? I found the GMAT Powerscore an excellent book.
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07 Aug 2008, 06:06
tarek99 wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
aaron22197 wrote:
I like the Powerscore CR bible. The bible lists tips at the end of every chapter. I think it is an excellent source to improve CR.
Also, the bible suggests reading the stimulus first and then the question stem. it defends this strategy. It suggests that reading the question stem works for easy questions but not on difficult ones. Moreover, if the question stem has a lot of new information, then you end up wasting 10-15 seconds reading the stem unnecessarily and then rereading it again after you read the stimulus.

which one is good. GMAT OR LSAT..POWERSCORE??
which one do you suggest

I haven't tried the LSAT powerscore, but I did try the GMAT powerscore. Since there is a book directly relevant to the GMAT, why work on the LSAT book? I found the GMAT Powerscore an excellent book.

thanks buddy
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07 Aug 2008, 07:18
I vote for the CR PowerScore Bible also. That thing is amazing! It really helped me out. In the first chapter the book says "If you're running short on time to prep, then read the following sections first:..." I don't remember all the sections, but I did that and read through the MGMAT SC Guide once and improved by verbal score from V38 to V42 on my GMAT retake. I also practiced RC a bit, but I've never had a problem with RC.

Because I realize you're not asking abot books (althought a book would be the best) here are a few of my own suggestions:

Identify each sentence as a PREMISE or CONCLUSION.

PREMISE - a statement of fact that can be used to support or undermine a position or conclusion.

CONCLUSION - A position taken as a result of information presented in the argument. Some Conclusions can also be used as premises for other conclusions.

Example: Sally is tall. Tall people are good at volleyball. Sally must be good at volleyball. Sally must be on her varsity team.

[This isn't a perfect example.]

"Sally is tall" is a premise. It's just a fact (or presented as a fact in the argument).
"Tall people are good at volleyball." Also a PREMISE
"Sally must be good at volleyball." Key here is "must". That signals a conclusion about Sally which is drawn from her being tall and tall people being good at volleyball.
"Sally must be on her varsity team." This is a leap (I admit, but I didn't take a long time to develop a great question.) It uses "Sally must be good at volleyball." to support the conclusion that she is on her varsity team.
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07 Aug 2008, 07:20
jallenmorris wrote:
I vote for the CR PowerScore Bible also. That thing is amazing! It really helped me out. In the first chapter the book says "If you're running short on time to prep, then read the following sections first:..." I don't remember all the sections, but I did that and read through the MGMAT SC Guide once and improved by verbal score from V38 to V42 on my GMAT retake. I also practiced RC a bit, but I've never had a problem with RC.

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07 Aug 2008, 09:45
jallen, great stuff, I will look into the PowerScore CR first chapter to see what they suggest.
What are the other books you're suggesting?...title pls.
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07 Aug 2008, 10:36
Also, Ali and others... Download the GMATTER, it has 2054 CR questions.

If you can practice a few questions everyday...your hit ratio will get much better.
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05 Jan 2009, 17:33
aaron22197 wrote:
Also, Ali and others... Download the GMATTER, it has 2054 CR questions.

If you can practice a few questions everyday...your hit ratio will get much better.

Could anyone please upload the GMATTER CR bin (the one with 2054 questions). GMATTER's website is down and the version I have lacks the large CR bin.

Thanks,
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