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Verbal: important CR question types

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Joined: 06 Jul 2007
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06 Jul 2007, 12:12
Hi all

I recently purchased the [b]PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible [/b]and plan to use it in my preparation for the Verbal section of the GMAT. From what I have read on this forum it seems that the book will be very helpful. However, there is a little problem - I am planning to take the GMAT in exactly 1 month... which means - I won't have time to go over the whole book and I am definitely not considering spending that whole month doing CR only.

The book is divided into chapters that discuss different types of questions, as follows:

1. Must Be True Questions
2. Main Point Questions
3. Conditional Reasoning
4. Weaken Questions
5. Cause and Effect Reasoning
6. Strengthen, Justify the Conclusion and Assumption Questions
8. Method of Reasoning
9. Flaw in Reasoning
10. Parallel Reasoning
11. Numbers and Percentages
12. Evaluate the Argument
13. Cannot Be True Questions
14. Point at Issue Questions
15. Principle Questions

I haven't gone over the book yet but it seems to me that some of the question types are not very relevant to the GMAT. Having said that I am planning to focus primarily on the following question types:

4. Weaken
6. Strengthen...
8. Method of Reasoning
9. Flaw in Reasoning
10. Parallel Reasoning

What I would like to know whether or not I am going for the right ones. Should I add more to these (if I have time)? I would appreciate your opinions.

Just a little background on myself: I have been studying since April but I really stepped it up in May when I finished up with school. After going over the OG11 PS and DS sections I took the first GMAT Prep test and got 690 (Q:49, V:35). I had seen one of the (imo relatively hard) math questions before. I did not do the essays. Since then I have taken several prep tests (Kaplan, 800score, Princeton Review, Manhattan) and have scored within the 600-700 range. I am not a native speaker. I am hoping to get 700+.
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Re: Verbal: important CR question types [#permalink]

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06 Jul 2007, 13:09
raptr wrote:

What I would like to know whether or not I am going for the right ones. Should I add more to these (if I have time)? I would appreciate your opinions.

I believe CR and RC are the two hardest parts of the gmat to improve. That said, for the easy/medium questions, concentrate on the 2/3 rule. There really are only 2 plausible answers and 3 wrong/no influence answers. Eliminate those 3 right away.

As for the types of questions, I think you got most of it. Other than the oddball type questions, remember that you're really working with two elements of an argument--the assumption and the conclusion. Your job is to manipulate the assumption to strengthen/weaken the conclusion. It boils down to doing those two things.
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07 Jul 2007, 13:59
My two cents. I think the LSAT prep books do a good job of breaking down the CR section. The questions are a bit tougher, but they outline concrete strategies that work for all CR type questions. If you have time check them out, they've helped me.
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08 Jul 2007, 14:04
[quote="shmegs"] If you have time check [b]them[/b] out, they've helped me.[/quote]

Thanks for the responses.

Shmegs,

"them" being all question types or just the ones that I will be focusing on?

Thanks again.
08 Jul 2007, 14:04
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