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In the begging of my Gmat approach, I was able to have 60% accuracy on my CR questions. However, recently I have my accuracy on CR has dropped to 20%.
Is there any study approach I should try instead? I just finished my Mahanttan prep class last week.
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Nananono wrote:
In the begging of my Gmat approach, I was able to have 60% accuracy on my CR questions. However, recently I have my accuracy on CR has dropped to 20%.
Is there any study approach I should try instead? I just finished my Mahanttan prep class last week.


Hi,
There could be many reasons due to which your accuracy dropped. I do not know whether you are currently following the same strategy, approaching questions and circumstances like in the past. For ex. If you were doing without time and now with timer, you are running fast, getting trapped by beautiful tempting incorrect answers and etc.
An experiment - You need to relax and do some mixed level questions with timer and do not check whether you marked correct. On the next day, try again without timer and see the difference in your answers. This can prove that you were under time pressure.
My advise will be to go through basics again, do some questions without timer and then go with timer.. Take 1 step at a time :)
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Nananono - I highly recommend the below post. I am sure you'll find it very helpful.

Mod Nightblade's Quick Guide to CR Proficiency: https://gmatclub.com/forum/mod-nightbla ... 95316.html
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Nananono - I highly recommend the below post. I am sure you'll find it very helpful.

Mod Nightblade's Quick Guide to CR Proficiency: https://gmatclub.com/forum/mod-nightbla ... 95316.html



Thank you so much! This is super helpful.
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Hi Nananomo,

Here is some advice you can follow to improve your CR skills.

To improve in Critical Reasoning, your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

Another major mistake that people make when training for CR is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what is going on in the passages and answer choices, and you likely won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes per question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend up to fifteen minutes per question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process: If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do. So, what do you do? You do the job correctly, if not as quickly as those around you, and you make sure that you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well. Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. As you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly.

Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers. So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. Doing so is doing your job, and if it takes you fifteen minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it.

Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently should you work on speeding up. Remember, working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a crucial aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct, but they don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to find correct answers, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

Feel free to reach out with further questions. Good luck!
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Nananono wrote:
In the begging of my Gmat approach, I was able to have 60% accuracy on my CR questions. However, recently I have my accuracy on CR has dropped to 20%.
Is there any study approach I should try instead? I just finished my Mahanttan prep class last week.


Hi,
There could be many reasons due to which your accuracy dropped. I do not know whether you are currently following the same strategy, approaching questions and circumstances like in the past. For ex. If you were doing without time and now with timer, you are running fast, getting trapped by beautiful tempting incorrect answers and etc.
An experiment - You need to relax and do some mixed level questions with timer and do not check whether you marked correct. On the next day, try again without timer and see the difference in your answers. This can prove that you were under time pressure.
My advise will be to go through basics again, do some questions without timer and then go with timer.. Take 1 step at a time :)


Thank you for the suggestions, I just did one section of my CR without any time restriction, and able to get 100% accuracy on all the medium questions
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New post 27 Nov 2019, 19:07
Hi Nananono,

From what you describe, it sounds as though you have put in some significant study time already. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
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3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What is your overall goal score?
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6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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