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I see that critical reasoning is my weakest part. Any suggestions on resources I should follow or my plan of action. I want to improve my verbal score
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I see that critical reasoning is my weakest part. Any suggestions on resources I should follow or my plan of action. I want to improve my verbal score



Hello gmatkillerdude

Nice nick :-)


My favorite part of GMAT exam is CR or Critical Reasoning and it could be possibly yours too, once you start to excel there.

In general, you should build first solid foundations in CR or verbal in general.

In order to do that, you should complete either some verbal course online, as more expensive solution or complete some verbal book strategy guides as more affordable option.

Both of them will learn you necessary strategies in order to approach verbal questions in most effective way.


For books I recommend Manhattan CR, RC and SC strategy guides.

It would be also wise to go through GMAT Club Grammar Book.


If you decide to follow some verbal online course, you can check here reviews first and then start trial versions to see what works best for you.


Regarding practice questions, once you are done with guides or course I recommend official ones from OG's and GMATPrep.

Many of them you will find here in question banks, that can be your daily topic targeted practice.


Additionally, here is my post reply about reading for RC or verbal in general, beware it takes time to improve in verbal, it cannot be done overnight.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/quant-went-u ... 73045.html



Good luck and happy prep ! :cool:
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there's also great free resources from veritas prep or egmat!
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Hi gmatkillerdude,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions:

1) How many practice GMATs have you taken? Please list the dates on which you took a practice GMAT, 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).

2) Please describe how you have been studying. For how many hours a day and for how many months? What resources have you been using?

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

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

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

6) What is your GMAT score goal?

Once I learn a bit more about you, I can provide some detailed advice.

You may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.
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gmatkillerdude wrote:
I see that critical reasoning is my weakest part. Any suggestions on resources I should follow or my plan of action. I want to improve my verbal score


Best Books

For learning Concepts


The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
Manhattan CR Guide

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Best Verbal Course

E-GMAT (Only Verbal)

During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice.

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs

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I've got to say - your username already gives you a head start. "Killer" is perfect - you want to ATTACK Critical Reasoning, not just answer those questions. And what I mean by that is that most of the game is finding flaws in arguments. Some ask you to strengthen or weaken an argument, and for those you want to identify the gap in logic (attack the reasoning in the prompt!) and then anticipate what the right answer will do (strengthen/assumption = fill that gap; weaken = widen that gap). Others ask you to draw a conclusion - there you want to attack the answer choices by looking for flaws/gaps. So the huge key is to be really critical...be a CR "killer" always attacking the line of reasoning.

(And since that may seem a little vague without examples, you may want to check out this video of a free Critical Reasoning session I hosted a couple months ago: https://youtu.be/B8MAeW-vZ80)
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