Introduction to Critical Reasoning

You will have to solve at least 14 critical reasoning questions in your GMAT test. The argument or stimulus can vary from conversations to newspaper articles. You have to weaken/strengthen it, find the conclusion, assumption, explanation, do an inference, supplement a statement, or explain the structure of the argument. You will get one minute and fifty seconds to solve each question.

What does critical reasoning test?

Critical reasoning questions test your ability to evaluate an argument in its parts. Before evaluating an argument, you should recognize its parts. There are three parts to an argument

1) Evidence: can be any information that is factual or provides a theory. There can be multiple evidences.
2) Conclusion: All arguments primarily focus on providing a conclusion
3) Assumption: The evidences might not be enough to state the conclusion. There are evidences or reasoning that you have to assume in order to reach a conclusion.
These reasoning or statement is called as an assumption.

Evidence + Assumption = Conclusion.

For solving any critical reasoning questions, the best strategy would be to attack the assumption that the author depends on.

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

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