It is currently 19 Oct 2017, 15:10

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Strategy for Assumption questions

Author Message
Manager
Joined: 01 Oct 2010
Posts: 82

Kudos [?]: 24 [1], given: 115

Location: United States (NC)
GPA: 2.3
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

16 Mar 2013, 22:11
1
KUDOS
Dear fellow members,

Although I understand that the basic structure of an argument is: -

Premises + (Assumption) = Conclusion,

I am facing a lot of difficulties to simplify any argument, especially in which I have to find the assumption, so that it fits in this formula. I am really facing a hard time to solve the questions in which I have to find the assumptions.

I am a non native speaker and have been fighting with the GMAT for the last quite long. I have already taken two attempts and have scored below 550. I want to work on my weaknesses this time so that I may reach where I want to.

I really thank you, in advance, for any help that you may extend to me.
_________________

---------------------------------------------------------------
Consider to give me kudos if my post helped you.

Kudos [?]: 24 [1], given: 115

VP
Joined: 23 Mar 2011
Posts: 1112

Kudos [?]: 508 [3], given: 466

Concentration: Healthcare, Strategy
Schools: Duke '16 (M)
Re: Strategy for Assumption questions [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Mar 2013, 00:50
3
KUDOS
I hear you. CR is a bit tough for non natives because it takes time to analyze the argument. I'm not going to overload you with suggestions. Here are the 2 things that worked for me:

1.) "conclusion is the king". The first step is to identify the conclusion and the second is to attack it (and not the premise). When you practice tons of questions, your brain will get accustomed to remove the chaff from the grain (premise from the conclusion). You will take a lot of time initially, to separate out the conclusion & the premise, but its worth practicing. After a few hundred questions, you will not even stop to think what is what and will jump on the options straight away.

2.) Pre-think. It improves your analysis and forces you to create a structure. Lastly, have the courage to use the same process on the exam. Many of us practice one thing and follow a different routine on the exam. Avoid that.
The best part: pre-thinking works for a lot of questions. Strengthening, Weakening, Assumptions, Flaw, Evaluate and even for main idea of RC passages. You may use this to gain some understanding of the concept: http://e-gmat.com/blogs/?p=1750

Having studied for so long, you might have exhausted all the official questions. Don't worry too much. Try to solve them with a new approach and you will find improvement in your score.

good luck!

Kudos [?]: 508 [3], given: 466

Manager
Joined: 01 Oct 2010
Posts: 82

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 115

Location: United States (NC)
GPA: 2.3
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: Strategy for Assumption questions [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Mar 2013, 09:05
jumsumtak wrote:
I hear you. CR is a bit tough for non natives because it takes time to analyze the argument. I'm not going to overload you with suggestions. Here are the 2 things that worked for me:

1.) "conclusion is the king". The first step is to identify the conclusion and the second is to attack it (and not the premise). When you practice tons of questions, your brain will get accustomed to remove the chaff from the grain (premise from the conclusion). You will take a lot of time initially, to separate out the conclusion & the premise, but its worth practicing. After a few hundred questions, you will not even stop to think what is what and will jump on the options straight away.

2.) Pre-think. It improves your analysis and forces you to create a structure. Lastly, have the courage to use the same process on the exam. Many of us practice one thing and follow a different routine on the exam. Avoid that.
The best part: pre-thinking works for a lot of questions. Strengthening, Weakening, Assumptions, Flaw, Evaluate and even for main idea of RC passages. You may use this to gain some understanding of the concept: http://e-gmat.com/blogs/?p=1750

Having studied for so long, you might have exhausted all the official questions. Don't worry too much. Try to solve them with a new approach and you will find improvement in your score.

good luck!

Thanks a lot Jumsumtak! Although your inputs are really helpful, the biggest challenge that I see right now is that I am able to pre-think on the easier questions (the ones that do not have a difficult language: the language that is not interwoven) but not the ones that are from moderate to difficult. Now, if I try to simplify these questions in the form of P + (A) = C, I fail.
_________________

---------------------------------------------------------------
Consider to give me kudos if my post helped you.

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 115

VP
Joined: 23 Mar 2011
Posts: 1112

Kudos [?]: 508 [1], given: 466

Concentration: Healthcare, Strategy
Schools: Duke '16 (M)
Re: Strategy for Assumption questions [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Mar 2013, 12:03
1
KUDOS
ObsessedWithGMAT wrote:
Thanks a lot Jumsumtak! Although your inputs are really helpful, the biggest challenge that I see right now is that I am able to pre-think on the easier questions (the ones that do not have a difficult language: the language that is not interwoven) but not the ones that are from moderate to difficult. Now, if I try to simplify these questions in the form of P + (A) = C, I fail.

Don't try to fit things in a formula. This is what I'm talking about. Your approach is so mechanical at the moment (not blaming you), but with time it should change to one based on intuition. That is when you will see a good flow of correct questions in your attempts.

Don't overdo stuff, but practice hard. Try to see why an option is incorrect and finally, don't start with 750+ level questions. Increase your level (and speed) gradually based on your comfort.

Kudos [?]: 508 [1], given: 466

Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 7674

Kudos [?]: 17361 [2], given: 232

Location: Pune, India
Re: Strategy for Assumption questions [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Mar 2013, 20:46
2
KUDOS
Expert's post
ObsessedWithGMAT wrote:
Dear fellow members,

Although I understand that the basic structure of an argument is: -

Premises + (Assumption) = Conclusion,

I am facing a lot of difficulties to simplify any argument, especially in which I have to find the assumption, so that it fits in this formula. I am really facing a hard time to solve the questions in which I have to find the assumptions.

I am a non native speaker and have been fighting with the GMAT for the last quite long. I have already taken two attempts and have scored below 550. I want to work on my weaknesses this time so that I may reach where I want to.

I really thank you, in advance, for any help that you may extend to me.

I wrote a couple of posts on assumption questions a few days back discussing these things in detail. They might help you.

http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/03 ... sumptions/
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/03 ... -question/
_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for \$199

Veritas Prep Reviews

Kudos [?]: 17361 [2], given: 232

Manager
Joined: 01 Oct 2010
Posts: 82

Kudos [?]: 24 [1], given: 115

Location: United States (NC)
GPA: 2.3
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: Strategy for Assumption questions [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Mar 2013, 09:40
1
KUDOS
I read CR Bible from end to end and am glad that it helped me during my second attempt. I am now taking classes for the GMAT; the teacher uses the concept of assumption that is explained in Manhattan CR. CR Assumption is one of the most difficult sections for me. The CR Bible teaches us that there are two types of assumption question types: Supporter and Defender. The Bible intends to say that the concept: "Premises + (Assumption) = Conclusion" fits only in the Supporter whereas this strategy does not fit in the Defender.

My question to everyone out there is that have you ever tried to simplify this aspect? I am currently fighting with the fact that why CR Bible has come up with two approaches whereas Manhattan has completed the whole book on just ONE concept - P + (A) = C.
_________________

---------------------------------------------------------------
Consider to give me kudos if my post helped you.

Kudos [?]: 24 [1], given: 115

Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 7674

Kudos [?]: 17361 [1], given: 232

Location: Pune, India
Re: Strategy for Assumption questions [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Mar 2013, 20:50
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
Club800 wrote:
I read CR Bible from end to end and am glad that it helped me during my second attempt. I am now taking classes for the GMAT; the teacher uses the concept of assumption that is explained in Manhattan CR. CR Assumption is one of the most difficult sections for me. The CR Bible teaches us that there are two types of assumption question types: Supporter and Defender. The Bible intends to say that the concept: "Premises + (Assumption) = Conclusion" fits only in the Supporter whereas this strategy does not fit in the Defender.

My question to everyone out there is that have you ever tried to simplify this aspect? I am currently fighting with the fact that why CR Bible has come up with two approaches whereas Manhattan has completed the whole book on just ONE concept - P + (A) = C.

As far as GMAT is concerned, you do not need to differentiate between supporters and defenders. All you need to keep in mind in assumption questions is that it is a premise which is missing and necessary for the conclusion. If the assumption is negated, the conclusion cannot hold. LSAT CR is more complex and involved.
_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for \$199

Veritas Prep Reviews

Kudos [?]: 17361 [1], given: 232

Re: Strategy for Assumption questions   [#permalink] 19 Mar 2013, 20:50
Display posts from previous: Sort by