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)

Mastering GMAT Critical Reasoning (2019 Edition)


1) Introduction   
2) 6 Step Strategy to solve GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions   
3) How to overcome flawed thinking in GMAT Critical Reasoning?   
4) 4 GMAT Critical Reasoning Fallacies   
5) Generalization in GMAT Critical Reasoning   
6) Inconsistencies in Arguments   
7) Eliminate Out of Scope answer choices using Necessary and Sufficient Conditions   
8) Ad Hominem in GMAT Critical Reasoning   
9) Slippery Slope in GMAT Critical Reasoning   
10) Affirming the Consequent – GMAT Critical Reasoning   
11) How to Paraphrase GMAT Critical Reasoning Question   
12) How to Answer Assumption Question Type   
13) How to Answer Conclusion Question Type   
14) How to Answer Inference Question Type   
15) How to Answer Strengthen Question Type   
16) How to Answer Weaken Question Type   
17) How to Answer bold-faced and Summary Question Types   
18) How to Answer Parallel Reasoning Questions   
19) How to Answer the Fill in the Blanks Question   
Question Bank   
Question 1: 5G Technology (Inference)   
Question 2: Water Purifier vs. Minerals (Fill in the Blanks)   
Question 3: Opioid Abuse (Strengthens)   
Question 4: Abe and Japan’s Economy (Inference)   
Question 5: Indians and Pulse Import (Weakens)   
Question 6: Retail Chains in Latin America (Assumption)   
Question 7: American Tax Rates – Republican vs. Democrats (Inference)   
Question 8: AI – China vs the US (Weakens)   
Question 9: Phone Snooping (Strengthens)   
Question 10:  Traditional Lawns (Assumption)   
Question 11:  Appraisal-Tendency Framework (Inference)   
Question 12:  Meta-Analysis of Diet Trials (Weakens)   
Question 13:  Biases in AI (Strengthens)   
Question 14:  Stock Price and Effectiveness of Leadership (Inference)   
Question 15:  US Border Wall (Weakens)   
Question 16:  Driverless Car and Pollution (Assumption)   
Question 17:  Climate Change (Inference)   
Question 18:  Rent a Furniture (Weakens)   
Question 19:  Marathon Performance and Customized Shoes (Weakens)   
Question 20:  Guaranteed Basic Income (Assumption)   
Question 21:  Brexit (Infer)   
Question 22:  AB vs Traditional Hotels (Assumption)   
Question 23:  Tax Incentive and Job Creation (Weakens)   
Question 24:  Obesity and Sleeve Gastrectomy (Inference)   
Question 25:  Recruiting Executives (Weaken)   

Answers with Detailed Explanation

Download Mastering GMAT Critical Reasoning (2019 Edition)

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