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GMAT Critical Reasoning Strategy

For Critical Reasoning questions, the following strategies can be applied:

1. Identify the Question Type

Read the question before reading the stimulus/passage. This can give you purpose when you read the passage. Identify and check whether it is an assumption, inference, conclusion, strengthen, weaken or structure of an argument question type.

2. Read the passage: Read the passage carefully. The passage might be small and that can make you a little complacent.

3. Paraphrase the passage: Paraphrase the passage as you read each sentence.

4. Identify the Argument parts: Write down each parts of the argument like evidence, conclusion and assumption:

Evidence: Statement1
Conclusion: Statement2
Assumption: Statement3

5. Scope: Write down the scope. The biggest mistake that test takers make is that they infer or assume too much. Always focus on the scope of the argument.

6. Eliminate: There are some experts who vouch for answering the question before you analyze the choices. Although it is a good strategy for some questions, a better strategy is to eliminate irrelevant (out of scope) answer choices.  This process can drastically improve your odds of correctly answering the questions.

Recommended Books

1) The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible: A Comprehensive System for Attacking the GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions

2) Critical Reasoning GMAT Preparation Guide, 4th Edition (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guides)

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