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# Time spent on each CR question

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26 Aug 2007, 07:14
I was wondering how much do u guys crack a CR question on an avg.
Its taking me abt 1:30-2:00 mins for each question. Is this OK?

I personally think its a bit on a higher side. And also I think it takes me long because I read all the ans choices and sometimes re-read the question.

Anyway let me know what do u think about it.

thanks

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26 Aug 2007, 07:46
just.doit wrote:
I was wondering how much do u guys crack a CR question on an avg.
Its taking me abt 1:30-2:00 mins for each question. Is this OK?

I personally think its a bit on a higher side. And also I think it takes me long because I read all the ans choices and sometimes re-read the question.

Anyway let me know what do u think about it.

thanks

I think it is better to spend 1:30 or less for a CR question. But you can do it for a longer time if you manage correctly time for RC and SC. Consider you have 75 minutes for 41 verbal question, on average you will have 14 SC, 14 CR and 13 SC. Now, knowing your average time for each type of question, you can calculate whether you match the allocated time.

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26 Aug 2007, 09:36
that is a bit long. Read the question before you read the passage so you have some idea what you are looking for. This has helped me. Your mileage can and will vary.

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26 Aug 2007, 10:56
zakk wrote:
that is a bit long. Read the question before you read the passage so you have some idea what you are looking for. This has helped me. Your mileage can and will vary.

LSAT Critical reasoning bible (which is the advanced tool) suggests to read the argument first and only then read the question. So many books so many approaches

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26 Aug 2007, 11:52
just.doit wrote:
I was wondering how much do u guys crack a CR question on an avg.
Its taking me abt 1:30-2:00 mins for each question. Is this OK?

I personally think its a bit on a higher side. And also I think it takes me long because I read all the ans choices and sometimes re-read the question.

Anyway let me know what do u think about it.

thanks

I dunno bout other posts, but to me this is about right. Sometimes CR's can take longer than 2min (depending on length and complexity).

It depends on how you budget your time on the other questions. I take only bout 1 min or so per SC's so I can spend more time on the RC's and CR's. SC's shouldn't take you that long to do especially if its a small underlined portion.

Don't fly through CR's just for times sake unless you have to. Make sure you understand where the conclusion and premises are. I find that if I don't understand the passage, I have to go back and reread it... for me this just wastes time and I don't really understand it that well.

I started using MGMAT's diagram approach. @ first I thought this was garbage, but after a few weeks of doing it. I get almost all of my CR's correct. (cept for those stupid bold faced ones, those ones suck and are too long for diagramming).

However, depending on the time remaining, just reading the passage w/ no diagramming is better. If I have 1min only for a CR, il read it and answer the best I can.

To sum it up, everyone has his or her own method for CRs. 1 1/2min-2min on timing is just fine. Spend less time on SC's if you can.

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28 Aug 2007, 08:38
Thanks all for ur inputs.

I just bought the official GMAT verbal and doing CRs and timing my self this time (during OG i didnt time myself ).
Right now I am doing a CR in 1:30-1:45 mins and also with a 90% hit rate. think by the end of it my speed will improve.

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28 Aug 2007, 08:42
If you can finish CR questions in 1:30-2:00. You will be ok. The one that most people miss on is SC. Because of the nature of SC, you can finish some in under :30. It really depends on the person, but in general SC is where you can buy time.

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