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Hello Everyone,

I would like to know if you have any tips to improve speed on CR question.

I spend almost 2.5 - 3 mins to do a CR question. I would like to bring it to 2 mins.

I spend almost a min in reading the argument and 1:30 to 2 min on elimination of answer choices.

Because of avg of 2.5 min / CR question I am missing on lot of question in the end. As in the end I get panic attack because of less time is remaining and I try to solve as many question as possible which in turn results in multiple wrong answers in row.

Please leave your valuable advice.

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I had the same issue. Two things really helped:

1) Always keep the GOAL in mind. Goal = Weaken/strengthen/evaluate the conclusion OR focusing on how the author came to conclusion in assumption questions. Remember the key is to understand the argument (read slowly), focus on EVERY WORD of the conclusion, pre-think some scenarios if you can, and then move on to the answer choices. I realized that I didn't have a deep understanding of the argument, and never had the goal in mind, leading to incorrect answer and 3+ minutes. That extra time is spent on going back to conclusion/argument and coming back to answer choices. I repeat again - "focus on the conclusion".

2) Pattern recognition. This also helps a lot. I'd suggest that you do a thorough analysis of every CR question and start recognizing patterns. I did this on OG questions and started grouping the GMAT prep questions into these different patterns. Of course its time consuming and you don't have to do this for every question, but knowing some pattern improves your speed. This is also stated in the Powerscore CR.

I'd suggest you go through Powerscore CR once and solve every question. It will train you to focus on the conclusion, argument leaps, new word in the conclusion, etc., which will help you improve quickly. I had a very low score in CR in my first attempt, but after doing all the above my CR jumped drastically in the second attempt. Powerscore is highly recommended.

Good luck!!
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Thankyou yt770 for the tips. I ll try to inculcate them.

carcass would you like to give any tips to improve on speed?
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The speed is directly related to your comprehension both of the English language almost at a professional level and something much deeper I.E what the stimulus and the answers are trying to convey.

As it turns out, the more your English is good and rich, the more you will tackle fast a CR. The reason is pretty simple: you are able to catch the very essence of a question.

After this, reading SUPER VERY carefully the stem and the answer choices is king. This way, you will read the stem once and you will eliminate the wrong ones as you go. Ideally one way and not back and forth between the stimulus and the choices.

Weaken, inference questions and so on will become negligible. Just a detail. All the process should be natural.

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