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# Critical Reasoning Assumption question

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14 Jul 2017, 07:20
Hi guys,

Just wanted to confirm that for assumption questions we just look at the conclusion and give the answer by negating all answer choices and what would weaken it the most right. In other words , look at the conclusion and in that we see what is being assumed and not the full argument right
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14 Jul 2017, 16:33
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Anazeer wrote:
Hi guys,

Just wanted to confirm that for assumption questions we just look at the conclusion and give the answer by negating all answer choices and what would weaken it the most right. In other words , look at the conclusion and in that we see what is being assumed and not the full argument right

Negation comes in as the last resort once you have eliminated the most obviously wrong choices. If you negate all 5 options, it will probably take you better part of 2 minutes just on that effort. It would be best to use negation as a last resort on 1-2 choices and no more than that.
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15 Jul 2017, 03:13
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Anazeer wrote:
Hi guys,

Just wanted to confirm that for assumption questions we just look at the conclusion and give the answer by negating all answer choices and what would weaken it the most right. In other words , look at the conclusion and in that we see what is being assumed and not the full argument right

Hi Anazeer ,

I must say this approach can work on easy level questions but not the hard ones.

You must always understand what the argument is trying to convey before making a call.

Also, if you negate all the answer choices, you will end up wasting alot of time and thus the questions.

So, negation test should be applied only when you are confused in 2 options.

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19 Jul 2017, 10:08
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Hi guys,

Just wanted to confirm that for assumption questions we just look at the conclusion and give the answer by negating all answer choices and what would weaken it the most right. In other words , look at the conclusion and in that we see what is being assumed and not the full argument right

Anazeer I agree with what abhimahna said and in addition to that try to pre-think the missing information that is needed to foolproof the conclusion; the information that will secure the position of conclusion without any doubts - before you look at the answer choices. This will set your attitude right before you attack the answer choices.
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