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Introduction to GMAT Critical Reasoning

One question on the GMAT Verbal Section is Critical Reasoning.  On this question, the prompt presents some sort of argument, and then asks you, in one way or another, to analyze the argument—for example, by strengthening it, weakening it, finding its underlying assumption, etc.   The argument prompt is typically less than 100 words, much shorter […]

GMAT Critical Reasoning: More on Assumption Questions

First, four practice CR questions asking for the assumptions of arguments. 1) In anticipation of the coming year, Tecumseh Autos, a national auto manufacturer, is anticipating sales of its vehicles. Tecumseh manufactures compact cars, sedans, minivans, trucks, SUVs, and sports cars. In all categories of vehicles, Tecumseh sets prices so that the profit per vehicle […]

Doing GMAT Critical Reasoning Quickly

Many students find GMAT CR challenging. In addition to learning the individual strategies, there is also the challenging of processing these questions efficiently and not allowing each one to develop into a tremendous time sink. How does one increase one’s overall speed on GMAT Critical Reasoning?

GMAT Tuesdays: Official Guide to the GMAT – Critical Reasoning #56

Sometimes it just helps to see how to attack problems instead of talking strategy. That’s why today we are diving into the Official Guide to the GMAT and solving a problem. A student wrote in asking that we work through some problems to see how to apply the strategies we’ve talked about in other videos.

GMAT Tuesdays: Critical Reasoning – Complete the Argument

Welcome back! I missed you! 😀 This week in GMAT Tuesdays, Kevin breaks down a common critical reasoning question on the test—complete the argument. He covers how to identify the question, the three different tasks to expect with these question types, strategy for approaching these questions, and the common wrong answers to look out for. […]

Hello!! 😀 GMAT + Tuesday = GMAT Tuesdays! Active reading is a tricky concept and not as obvious as many people make it seem. This week, Kevin unearths another useful strategy to help you activate your reading. To prepare for the video, first read the article If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You […]

GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Critical Reasoning Strategies — Efficiency

Hello! 🙂 Ah, it’s getting cold and dreary this winter, but don’t let that stop you from being efficient on the GMAT! Learn how knowing your job and what to look for will save you time on the CR section. As usual, here’s the board work for this week: If you have any comments or […]

GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Critical Reasoning – The Parts of an Argument

Hello! 🙂 This week, we’ll learn how to properly use terms related to arguments on the GMAT, and we’ll do it using carpentry! Here’s a still of this week’s board: As always, leave any questions or feedback you have for me in the comment box below! See you next week. 🙂

GMAT Critical Reasoning and Outside Knowledge

Does any official GMAT Critical Reasoning question demand outside knowledge?  The frustrating answer to this question is: for the most part, no, but in a way, yes.  I will explain.   Self-contained It is absolutely true that if a GMAT CR question concerns, say, toxins in wood smoke, you need to know absolutely nothing about […]

GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Critical Reasoning – Draw a Conclusion or Inference

Hello! 🙂 Another Tuesday, another GMAT video! This week, learn how you can save time on a special type of critical reasoning question that asks you to draw conclusions. If you’ve got any questions or comments about what you’ve just watched, feel free to leave them below!