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Archive | Critical Reasoning

GMAT Logic: Completing the Argument

Understand the task in this common GMAT Critical Reasoning question type.    Practice question Before reading the blog, try this question: 1) Which of the following most logically completes the passage? Recidivism is the return to criminal behavior, and consequently a return to prison, of a former prisoner who has already served in incarceration for […]

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Formal Logic and GMAT Critical Reasoning

I’ll begin with a typical GMAT Critical Reasoning question.  As a case study, consider this question from the OG13e, CR #115 (OG12e, CR #114): Guidebook writer: I have visited hotels throughout the country and have noticed that in those built before 1930 the quality of the original carpentry work is generally superior to that in […]

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How to Weaken an Argument in GMAT Critical Reasoning

More Than One Way Often the strongest ways to attack an argument is to undermine one of its pivotal assumptions: that’s something I discussed in this post: Arguments and Assumptions on-the GMAT. Other ways of attacking an argument include: a) questioning the evidence cited, and/or questioning the starting point b) showing argument leads to an […]

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GMAT CR: Paradox Questions

Master this fiendishly tricky variety of Critical Reasoning question on the GMAT! The philosopher Zeno of Elia (490-430 BCE) was famous for his mind-bending paradoxes.  One of them went like this: Suppose there were a race between Achilles (famed as the fastest runner in ancient Greece) and a tortoise, and the tortoise was given a […]

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Arguments and Assumptions on the GMAT

Isolating the Nerve Center of an Argument Arguments in real life can take a number of forms, but arguments on GMAT Critical Reasoning questions are relatively formulaic.  The typical GMAT argument has three parts: 1) Premise: the starting point of deductions; often, agreement to this is assumed. 2) Conclusion: what the author wants you to […]

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