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With an attractive title like that, it's surprising you're even reading this. I started preparing for the GMAT with the CR section and went through at least three different strategy guides before putting together my own document with the best strategies in them.

The document I've attached here basically contains a comprehensive list of question types, identification techniques, approach techniques and correct/incorrect answer choice justifications. I've also included two examples for each of the types I've mentioned.

I am also a big color junkie. If it doesn't look good, I don't like reading it, so I made it as colorful and lively as I could. And I thought I should share it with you guys, should it help anyone at all.

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Disclaimer: I have just shared my understanding of various strategies and I have used examples from several other sources, all of which are listed in the document itself. This is merely meant to help people out with understanding the concepts. It's NOT a substitute to the guide book. So don't sue me! :D

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Recommendation: Go buy the Powerscore CR and Veritas CR Guides. Both of them are excellent sources of problems and strategies. The Powerscore CR Bible clearly explains what I've summarized here and Veritas has some examples that illustrate the strategies very efficiently!

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Originally posted by whiplash2411 on 05 Sep 2010, 18:58.
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Ahh, such a relief to see a pretty, colourful guide after piles of informative yet colourless notes.
I am surely gonna refer ur notes while preparing mine :)

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Haha, thanks Hussain/dokiyoki.

It's colorful because I just can't stand looking at piles of black/white notes. This was actually meant to be something that I can print out and carry with me wherever without having to worry about lugging so many books around. Comes in handy when I am in between classes, having a break and I can just pull it out and like focus on the summary of one type and try to recollect all the points to see how I am doing. :) I hope this turns out useful for you guys. I'll start making a similar one for SC soon. And thanks for all the positive responses!
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Hahaha... HE (now that i am certain its a 'he') caught me there !
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I am sure your hit rate at harder problems in CR will improve over time.
I always get stuck with Powerscore CR guide. The book seems to be never ending. And it doesn’t have sufficient Practise problems.

I am guessing you are referring to Veritas for practice other than GMATClub and OG ?!?
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It is REALLY REALLY REALLY insightful and I appreciate your nice job. By this way, you don't need any MGMAT, Manhattan Review, Knewton and all other expensive courses at all. Do you have anything for SC and RC while I have difficulty with them and need a comprehensive guide like it, very understandable for ma as a non-native speaker. Thankssssssssssssssssss.
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Dokiyoki wrote:
I am sure your hit rate at harder problems in CR will improve over time.
I always get stuck with Powerscore CR guide. The book seems to be never ending. And it doesn’t have sufficient Practise problems.

I am guessing you are referring to Veritas for practice other than GMATClub and OG ?!?


Yeah, I am guessing so too. But I plan to review my concepts again and keep doing 10 problems or so a day. Yes, for now I am using Veritas and MGMAT. But I also have access to Beat the GMAT's question sets, though I've not taken a look at that yet. We'll see :)


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It is REALLY REALLY REALLY insightful and I appreciate your nice job. By this way, you don't need any MGMAT, Manhattan Review, Knewton and all other expensive courses at all. Do you have anything for SC and RC while I have difficulty with them and need a comprehensive guide like it, very understandable for ma as a non-native speaker. Thankssssssssssssssssss.


Thank you! I am working on my SC document now and hopefully if it's good enough, I'll put it up on the forum. However, it's not going to happen for at least one or two weeks since I am really busy right now :)
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This is great whip. I completed MGMAT books and thought of doing some practice but I found (again) myself rustic in some CR fundamentals and RC strategies. Thanks to my hectic work schedule.
I started Powerscore LSAT CR and RC books. Powerscore is definitely better than MGMAT material and makes you think or apply more for small tips. Also, I went back to MGMAT books to refer to similar strategies and grasped them better than earlier. I would recommend everyone to at least read two books to get a better understanding for any topic. Comparing two books for same strategies will provide you better insight on each topic.
Again, this is just a suggestion and I'm no way near guys who're practicing or contributing so much on this forum.
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I've been reading CR material from MGMAT and Powerscore CR bible. I was able to apply concepts in most of the problems but my accuracy was not great. I want to practice more CR questions by each question type. Can someone suggest some CR practice questions bank or book for targeted practice?
I've exhausted OG 12 questions, and I'm trying to keep official verbal supplement for last practice set before GMAT.
Suggestion for best CR question bank resources?
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I've been reading CR material from MGMAT and Powerscore CR bible. I was able to apply concepts in most of the problems but my accuracy was not great. I want to practice more CR questions by each question type. Can someone suggest some CR practice questions bank or book for targeted practice?
I've exhausted OG 12 questions, and I'm trying to keep official verbal supplement for last practice set before GMAT.
Suggestion for best CR question bank resources?


I think the Veritas Prep CR modules have some solid practice problems - almost a 100 each, if I didn't count wrong. I liked their style a lot as well. I would also recommend creating a free account on Grockit and attacking their CR problems - they are pretty good, but sometimes a little unlike GMAT.

Apart from that, I think the OG and the verbal supplement are your best bet. You could try exhausting the GMAT Prep resources once you get through with them. Or search the forum by tags to find questions to your liking. Hope this helps
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Thanks! This has been a saviour.
Immensely useful for people who are struggling in CR and don't have enough time to go through entire books like Powerscore CR.
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