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# Need Help! Facing Difficulty in prethinking assumptions in CR :-(

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02 Oct 2018, 22:38
Solving CR questions has become such a pain, it has become hard for me to prethink assumptions for a given conclusion.
I would try to think for alternate reasons during prethink to apply on the given conclusion, but fail almost all the time.
Could someone please advice me on how to tackle this annoying problem at hand?
Thanks
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03 Oct 2018, 03:18
Amanullah Khan wrote:
Solving CR questions has become such a pain, it has become hard for me to prethink assumptions for a given conclusion.
I would try to think for alternate reasons during prethink to apply on the given conclusion, but fail almost all the time.
Could someone please advice me on how to tackle this annoying problem at hand?
Thanks
I found some gud points in CR PPT downloaded from here ;have a look. it's useful.
Few key points for prethinking:
1.Gap fill : smthing tht is not mentioned in d premise but mentioned in conclusion. A connection.
2.Only way: to state , to achieve x ,Y is d only way. Eg. There is no other way to achieve x
3.cause nd effect Reasoning : Remove the "weakness". Eg. A causes B, then assumption
* B doesn't cause A
*C doesn't cause B : meaning no other caused B other than A.

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03 Oct 2018, 03:39
Amanullah Khan wrote:
Solving CR questions has become such a pain, it has become hard for me to prethink assumptions for a given conclusion.
I would try to think for alternate reasons during prethink to apply on the given conclusion, but fail almost all the time.
Could someone please advice me on how to tackle this annoying problem at hand?
Thanks
See this screenshot
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03 Oct 2018, 08:58
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Sometimes assumptions are going to be incredibly difficult to prethink on. One alternative thing you could do to attack assumption questions is to try negating the answer choices. In other words, restate each as its opposite (so if it says "the sky is blue" you would rephrase it as "the sky is NOT blue"). Then you can look for the statement that would most weaken the conclusion now that it's negated. This works because an assumption is a statement that is unstated but it is something on which the argument relies. If you take a statement away (or negate it) and the argument falls apart, you know that it's integral to the argument.
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15 Oct 2018, 17:58
deepverma wrote:
Amanullah Khan wrote:
Solving CR questions has become such a pain, it has become hard for me to prethink assumptions for a given conclusion.
I would try to think for alternate reasons during prethink to apply on the given conclusion, but fail almost all the time.
Could someone please advice me on how to tackle this annoying problem at hand?
Thanks
See this screenshot
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I like this screenshot. There are many other routes to identifying assumptions too. I hate to say this: assumptions are pretty intuitive most of the time as they are based on common sense. One sure-fire way of getting better at finding assumptions is to practice this skill in real life whenever you have a chance. When you read an article or watch a debate or a speech, how can you poke holes in the arguments? What do their conclusions rely on? Do this enough and you'll find that 80% of the GMAT CR assumptions are the first things that come to your mind, and 90% of them are within the first two.
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