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# Most Frequently Occuring Questions Types

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Hi All,

The Critical Reasoning Bible suggests that if candidates are short on time they should invest in studying Weaken , Inference, Assumption, Strengthen and Resolve questions while putting the rest on the back burner.

Which leads me to my question ... to what extent do the above 5 question types contribute to the total number of CR questions on the test. I took the test twice and have done a few practice tests here and there ... but never really paid attention. What im trying to figure out is if I can still get a 700 taking the shortcut.

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04 Feb 2013, 20:54
Welcome to GMAT Club, Oplusion!

While I think there's some value in thinking about different question types on CR, you won't get very far with those five types alone. If you take a look at, say, the first 10 CR questions in the official GMAT Verbal Review guide, only four of them fit neatly into the categories you mentioned. So even if we take an incredibly quick glance at some of the easiest official CR questions, it would seem that focusing exclusively on five question types might be a mistake.

More importantly, I think that an overly narrow "question type" approach to CR is a little bit flawed in general. Yes, you want to make sure that you understand the logic behind individual question types--that stuff is worth studying, at least to a degree. But at its heart, the GMAT is testing your ability to read with mind-numbing precision, and it's also testing your ability to apply very strict logic to the passages and answer choices.

Those are broad skills that some test-takers already possess before they touch a GMAT book, but others need to work hard at them over a long period of time. A "question type" approach can be a useful part of your GMAT studies, but it's rarely the solution to everything that may ail you on CR.

Can you get a 700 on the GMAT by focusing exclusively on those five question types? Well, if your skills are absolutely phenomenal in every other area of the test, then yes, you can get a 700 without putting effort into a broader range of CR questions. But if you aren't already blessed with bulletproof reading and reasoning and grammar and quant skills, then you probably want to avoid shortcuts if you're looking for a large GMAT score improvement.

I hope this helps. Good luck with your studies!
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