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Improving Speed in CR

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17 Apr 2018, 09:16
I understand the basic concepts of the CR. I can see analyze arguments and 95% of the time select the right answer. My issue is timing. It takes me a few minutes sometimes to understand the argument and what they are saying. Especially when there is a lot of information. An example would be the question below

Archaeologists working in the Andes Mountains recently excavated a buried 4,000-year-old temple containing structures that align with a stone carving on a distant hill to indicate the direction of the rising sun at the summer solstice. Alignments in the temple were also found to point toward the position, at the summer solstice, of a constellation known in Andean culture as the Fox. Since the local mythology represents the fox as teaching people how to cultivate and irrigate plants, the ancient Andeans may have built the temple as a religious representation of the fox.

I understood the general gist of it but it took me a few minutes to understand the detail and relate it to the answer choices. Sometimes its trouble with relating premises to each other and sometimes it has to do with relating conclusion to the given premises. For example, in the question about when I saw the conclusion "the ancient Andeans may have built the temple as a religious representation of the fox". I asked myself where did religious come from; its not mentioned anywhere in the previous premises so do they have it in there. It created a disconnect for me. Eventually I got that its extra information that is not core to the answer choices. Other times its the vocab - like Solstice - I don't know what that means.

I would appreciate any advice on how to speed up and scan for irrelevant detail.
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20 Apr 2018, 20:05
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I faced same problem. After reading problem type (assumption/ must b true/ weakening)
1. First, I quickly I look for conclusion statement. By keywords therefore/ so/ however; Then I look for premise, the basis of the conclusion
2.Also to quickly understand,I try to focus only on "subject nd verb" and ignore other details,such as modifiers/ example.
This subject_verb technique is a way of skimming nd just try to get the skeleton of d sentence.
Try this, it may help.

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04 Jun 2020, 06:54
oasis90 wrote:
I understand the basic concepts of the CR. I can see analyze arguments and 95% of the time select the right answer. My issue is timing. It takes me a few minutes sometimes to understand the argument and what they are saying. Especially when there is a lot of information. An example would be the question below

Archaeologists working in the Andes Mountains recently excavated a buried 4,000-year-old temple containing structures that align with a stone carving on a distant hill to indicate the direction of the rising sun at the summer solstice. Alignments in the temple were also found to point toward the position, at the summer solstice, of a constellation known in Andean culture as the Fox. Since the local mythology represents the fox as teaching people how to cultivate and irrigate plants, the ancient Andeans may have built the temple as a religious representation of the fox.

I understood the general gist of it but it took me a few minutes to understand the detail and relate it to the answer choices. Sometimes its trouble with relating premises to each other and sometimes it has to do with relating conclusion to the given premises. For example, in the question about when I saw the conclusion "the ancient Andeans may have built the temple as a religious representation of the fox". I asked myself where did religious come from; its not mentioned anywhere in the previous premises so do they have it in there. It created a disconnect for me. Eventually I got that its extra information that is not core to the answer choices. Other times its the vocab - like Solstice - I don't know what that means.

I would appreciate any advice on how to speed up and scan for irrelevant detail.

Any method that worked for you?
Same issue with me
Re: Improving Speed in CR   [#permalink] 04 Jun 2020, 06:54