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Hello Everyone!
I want to ask a really important question.
In SC i know how to learn from mistakes by practicing question but in CR and RC i don't know how to improve your score by practicing other than just knowing types of question like inference, strengthen etc and ways to solve these question.
Can anyone shed some light on this confusion that how to learn and improve your CR and RC ability by practicing questions? Isn't it just like practicing to read?
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Hi HasnainAfxal,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, YES, the ability to understand what you read is an important part of improving your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills; however, improving your skills in those topics involves more than just doing questions and analyzing your mistakes. There are many concepts you must learn on the front end to be successful when answering Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions, and strategies to learn such as identifying conclusions in Critical Reasoning arguments and referring back to Reading Comprehension passages. If you’d like further advice regarding how to study for those sections, feel free to reach back out.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi HasnainAfxal,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, YES, the ability to understand what you read is an important part of improving your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills; however, improving your skills in those topics involves more than just doing questions and analyzing your mistakes. There are many concepts you must learn on the front end to be successful when answering Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions, and strategies to learn such as identifying conclusions in Critical Reasoning arguments and referring back to Reading Comprehension passages. If you’d like further advice regarding how to study for those sections, feel free to reach back out.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Thank you so much for reply. I really appreciate :)
I still have confusion that how can i improve in CR and RC by practicing just like i do in SC. In SC i know i have to learn a lot of grammer rupes, meaning and all that but when it comes to CR and RC i feel like i am not improving anymore. After attempting about 10 questions in SC i can say i learnt something but in RC and CR after attempting seceral questions i am not sure whether i learn i something or not other than just reading another passage.
I would really appreciate your further help in this regard.
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Hi HasainAfxal,

Thank you for the reply. So, as previously mentioned, improving your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills takes more than JUST practicing questions and reviewing answers, right? Let’s say you start by learning about 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Please keep me updated and feel free to reach out with further questions.

Let’s do this!!
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Hi HasnainAfxal,

I see that we’re communicating on two different threads. I actually responded to you in detail here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-pract ... l#p2149156
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi HasainAfxal,

Thank you for the reply. So, as previously mentioned, improving your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills takes more than JUST practicing questions and reviewing answers, right? Let’s say you start by learning about 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Please keep me updated and feel free to reach out with further questions.

Let’s do this!!

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I really appreciate your effort to take some time and respond to my queries :)
I will surely apply these powerful pieces of advice and strategies to master CR and RC.
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My pleasure! I’m always happy to help, so please keep me updated.

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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
My pleasure! I’m always happy to help, so please keep me updated.

Let’s do this!!

I am working on what u advised me and will take another CAT in a few days. Then i will update score accordingly.

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