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# GMAT Ninja's CR Guide for Beginners

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Frankly, I say more or less the same things to my students. However, you've put all of this in an organized manner here. In my very first session on CR, one of the earliest slides has one word in a very large font: "Precision". I tell the students that this is what GMAT CR (and even GMAT RC and SC) is all about. If you can read things precisely, as they are given, you are more or less done. I think my job in CR not to teach any concepts but to calibrate the thinking of the students. It's about reading 'sharply'.

I'll be referring my students to this post. I believe the fact that the same ideas are coming from an 800-scorer would strengthen my argument!
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Thank you GMATNinja

This is single most important "Bookmark" for CR consolidating not only great piece of advise but also most important links for CR.

Was wondering do you have similar post for SC as well?

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Thank you for the kind words, ChiranjeevSingh and ydmuley!

ydmuley wrote:
Was wondering do you have similar post for SC as well?

Yes, I'm working on a similar post for SC! It's turning out to be one heck of a task to write a concise beginner's guide to SC -- the darned thing keeps wanting to become an entire textbook. Will hopefully have it ready sometime in July...
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GMATNinja wrote:
Thank you for the kind words, ChiranjeevSingh and ydmuley!

ydmuley wrote:
Was wondering do you have similar post for SC as well?

Yes, I'm working on a similar post for SC! It's turning out to be one heck of a task to write a concise beginner's guide to SC -- the darned thing keeps wanting to become an entire textbook. Will hopefully have it ready sometime in July...

Thank you GMATNinja, I will be eagerly waiting for the post. I hope it comes out in first week of July so that I have enough time to make the most of it.
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Hi GMATNinja,

On a lighter note, I am sure following two quotes will definitely be there in SC guide:
a. Never trust your ears. The sentence that does sound right might well be a recipe for disaster
and a correct option may sound as crappy as it might get.
b. Look for incorrect options and crossing the out rather than finding correct choice.
LOl!!

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As usual, amazing article GMATNinja. I have a question. On some of the 95% level official questions (really tough ones) - noticed that there is an option (correct one) wherein we have to think from A--> B --> C.

B and C is in the argument. I don't have an example to point out at this time but something such as market is down --> sales worsened --> company closed down. Probably much more dense than the above frivolous example.

How do we tackle those? When we have to stay within the argument, how can we assume some things for a given option to join that missing link. I faced this problem wherein how far should I assume while staying within the argument and not bringing in a real world experience.
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warriorguy wrote:
As usual, amazing article GMATNinja. I have a question. On some of the 95% level official questions (really tough ones) - noticed that there is an option (correct one) wherein we have to think from A--> B --> C.

B and C is in the argument. I don't have an example to point out at this time but something such as market is down --> sales worsened --> company closed down. Probably much more dense than the above frivolous example.

How do we tackle those? When we have to stay within the argument, how can we assume some things for a given option to join that missing link. I faced this problem wherein how far should I assume while staying within the argument and not bringing in a real world experience.

Thank you for the kind words, warriorguy!

Unfortunately, I'm not sure that there's a good answer to your question unless we have a couple of official examples in front of us. I can say some generic things that are perfectly true: don't let the "real world" get in the way of your GMAT, and don't make up assumptions. But of course, the trickiest GMAT questions will try to tempt you into making assumptions, or thinking about stuff you know from the "real world."

So there's no single, easy answer to your question. If you have a particular (official!) example in mind, let me know, and we can take a look.
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@GMATNinja Hi, I like your article about reading precision. As a non-native speaker, I did find that I made many mistakes due to wrong reading understanding in CR; insufficient comprehension in SC etc. Sometimes know every word but can't get the meaning is also one of the major barrier as a non-native speaker, or need to read repeatedly to figure out the meaning while it is luxury in GMAT. Anything can be done to improve reading precision thus to avoid careless error and panic during the test ?. Any coach on this area ? Thanks.
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I understand that you need to get the actual message from the argument in a critical way. Nevertheless, since there are too many details, we need a system or a method to attack the argument.
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Awesome , just the perfect thread to participate . Thanks a lot for this Gmat Ninja.
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Ninja,

Do you have specific any sessions coming , which is going to address Assumption questions of CR ? I'm making lot of errors in this. Have started going through your videos . I think , Assumption is something , which makes the conclusion right . But on the other hand I'm mixing it up with Inference pattern and it's getting jumbled up.
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loserunderachiever wrote:
Ninja,

Do you have specific any sessions coming , which is going to address Assumption questions of CR ? I'm making lot of errors in this. Have started going through your videos . I think , Assumption is something , which makes the conclusion right . But on the other hand I'm mixing it up with Inference pattern and it's getting jumbled up.

We did a couple of videos last November that addressed assumption questions. The first is here, and the followup is here. Both videos actually include a mix of question types, but they all involve the same basic technique as assumption questions.

Inferences are a completely different animal, and they have very little in common with assumption questions (other than the fact that misreading things is always bad, and a properly executed process of elimination is always good ). This video is about more than just inference questions, but virtually everything in the video applies to them.

I hope this helps, and have fun studying!
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Hi GMATNinja,

Which books do you recommend to study for CR? Most people here recommend Powerscore Bible. But it is huge, and too detailed I think. I have one month to study. I think knowing some theory about CR (question types etc.) is enough, the rest is all about logic and practice. Thus, I'm not gonna waste my time studying Powerscore. Am I heading to the right path?
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Wiley's GMAT Critical Reasoning Grail 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Wileys-GMAT-Crit ... ning+Grail

In my opinion the best book out there. Though, keep in mind that the Official material is the last resource you must rely on.

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Mehemmed wrote:
Hi GMATNinja,

Which books do you recommend to study for CR? Most people here recommend Powerscore Bible. But it is huge, and too detailed I think. I have one month to study. I think knowing some theory about CR (question types etc.) is enough, the rest is all about logic and practice. Thus, I'm not gonna waste my time studying Powerscore. Am I heading to the right path?

Hey Mehemmed ,

I personally feel Manhattan CR book is very good. The techniques/strategies are very well defined. I followed everything very seriously and ended up with 90-95+ % accuracy.
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abhimahna wrote:
Mehemmed wrote:
Hi GMATNinja,

Which books do you recommend to study for CR? Most people here recommend Powerscore Bible. But it is huge, and too detailed I think. I have one month to study. I think knowing some theory about CR (question types etc.) is enough, the rest is all about logic and practice. Thus, I'm not gonna waste my time studying Powerscore. Am I heading to the right path?

Hey Mehemmed ,

I personally feel Manhattan CR book is very good. The techniques/strategies are very well defined. I followed everything very seriously and ended up with 90-95+ % accuracy.

Hi abhimahna,

Have used their diagramming technique? If so, have you found it useful?
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Mehemmed wrote:
Hi abhimahna,

Have used their diagramming technique? If so, have you found it useful?

Hey Mehemmed ,

My personal technique is more based on understanding the argument well enough that once you jump on to the options you have clear idea of what's going on.

This also involved reading slowly because this helps in interpreting the things the first time only while reading the sentences.

Once you actually interpret what's going on, you may use the diagramming technique. I used to use this technique but after enough practice, I got comfortable and now I no longer use diagramming things.

Thanks
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