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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 […]

## 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 […]

## Save Time on GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions

Learn to handle these questions with swift precision! Know Your Job Step one of the general strategy for GMAT Critical Reasoning is: read the question before reading the argument.  Know which type of question you are going to have to answer, and read the argument with that question in mind.  The eight broad categories of […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## GMAT Critical Reasoning: Words You Need to Know

For many, one advantage of taking the GMAT over the Revised GRE is that they do not have to cram such polysyllabic franken-words as juxtaposition, tendentiousness, and didacticism. That doesn’t mean that a shaky grasp of vocabulary will hold you in good stead come time for the GMAT. There are certain words you must know, […]