GMAT Critical Reasoning Practice Questions

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Here are six GMAT Critical Reasoning practice questions.  See below for answers and solutions.


1) In order to combat Carville’s rampant homeless problem, Mayor Bloomfield recently proposed a ban on sleeping outdoors in the city’s many parks. He claims that such a measure will force the homeless to either leave Carville or to find means other than sleeping in public parks.

Which of the following, if true, suggests that Mayor Bloomfield’s plan will be successful?

(A) Until the ban, the city’s many homeless shelters were at less than fifty percent occupancy.

(B) Many homeless tend to congregate underneath Carville’s numerous overpasses.

(C) Adjacent cities have even tougher measures on the homeless sleeping outdoors.

(D) The percent 

(E) Mayor Jonesmith, Mayor Bloomfield’s predecessor, had been far more tolerant towards the city’s homeless population.


2) Megalimpet is a nationwide owner of office space.  They have major office buildings in the downtowns of several cities in the 48 lower states, and rent this space to individual companies.  Megalimpet office spaces vary from small office to large suites, and every space has custom-designed wall-to-wall carpeting.  The carpet in several Megalimpet facilities needed replacing.  The winning bid for the nationwide carpet replacement was submitted by Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC).  The bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep while the carpet is under the three-year warranty.  Both BCC executives and independent consultants they hired felt BCC would be able to perform all these services for far less than their bid price; these circumstances would allow BCC to reap a considerable profit.

Which of the following, if true, most calls in question the argument that BCC will make a large profit from this contract with Megalimpet?

(A) All the carpets will have to be transported by train from BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Megalimpet’s locations from coast to coast.

(B) BCC has already supplied carpets to a number of restaurant chains, and some of those spaces are as large as Megalimpet’s largest office spaces.

(C) The carpet installation teams will have to cut different sizes of the carpets for the different size office suites in the Megalimpet buildings.

(D) The material in BCC carpets degrades rapidly when it comes into contact with standard toner, found in most laser printers and photocopiers; the degraded sections are unsightly and smell bad, so they often need to be replaced.

(E) The next competing bid after BCC’s was 50% higher than BCC’s bid


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3) A minor league baseball franchise experienced a drop in attendance this week after they suffered three losses by margins of ten runs or more last week.  Many spectators of those games wrote letters to the editors of the local sporting news, complaining of the poor play of the team in those three losses.  Nevertheless, the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team’s poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week’s decline in attendance.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the position held by the front office of the baseball franchise?

(A) The spectators who wrote letters to the local sporting news were long-standing fans of this minor league baseball team.

(B) Many minor league baseball franchises attribute a drop in attendance to the quality of play of the team only after a string of losses.

(C) Other minor league teams in that region of the state reported a similar drop in attendance this week.

(D) This was not the first time this team suffered multiple lopsided losses in a single week, prompting similar letters to the local sporting news.

(E) This minor league team is over four hours from the closest major league team, so many of the minor league team’s fans do not often attend major league games.



4) In a few recent cases, some teenagers with advanced programming abilities used a new programming language, FANTOD, to hack into ETS and change their own SAT scores.  All of the teenagers convicted of this crime were highly skilled in programming FANTOD.  In light of these cases, some colleges have discounted the official SAT scores of applicants with a knowledge of FANTOD, and have required them to take special admission tests in supervised conditions on their own campuses.

Which of following conclusions can most properly be drawn from the information above?

(A) Most people who learn to program in FANTOD do so to commit some kind of hacking.

(B) Colleges should rely on their own admissions tests instead of the SATs

(C) Some students with knowledge of FANTOD are possibly placed at a disadvantage in the college admission process.

(D) Students who learn FANTOD tend to have much lower SAT scores than do their peers.

(E) Some colleges have not set any special requirements for applicants who have demonstrated knowledge of FANTOD



5) In the twentieth century, the visual arts have embarked on major experimentation, from cubism to expressionism.  While tastes always vary, there are certainly some people who find beautiful objects of each of the art movements of the first half of the twentieth century.  In the latter half of the twentieth century, though, most works are so abstract or shocking that neither the critic nor the general public uses the word “beautiful” to describe them: indeed, sometimes late twentieth-century artists have, as one of their expressed goals, the creation of a work that no one could find beautiful.  Whatever these artists are creating may be intellectually engaging at some level, but it is no longer art.

Which of the following is an assumption that supports drawing the conclusion above from the reasons given for that conclusion?

(A) Art critics generally have a different appraisal of a work of art than does the general public.

(B) The meaning of any work of art is defined entirely by the ideas of the artist who created it.

(C) Beauty is a defining quality of art.

(D) All art movements of the latter half of the twentieth century are responses to the movements of the first half of the century.

(E) It is not possible for any work to be simultaneously beautiful and intellectually engaging.



6) The National Farm Administration (NFA) has been concerned over the last decade with the struggles of barley growers.

Plan: In an effort to support these barley growers, two years ago, the NFA began a program of sending them, each autumn, a free special mix of fertilizer and enzymes designed to multiply barley yield, to be applied the following spring during first growth.  This mix had been stunningly successful in multiplying the yield of barley in laboratory conditions.

Results: Most barley growers reported little change in their economic status over this two year period.

Further information: All barley growers received the shipments, and all used them.  Weather conditions have been fair to optimal for barley growth over the past two years.

In light of the further information, which of the following, if true, does most to explain the result that followed the implementation of the plan?

(A) During these two years, most of the barley growers reported using no other fertilizer besides the special mix sent by the government.

(B) The trucks that drove the special mix from the depot in Wisconsin to the individual farms sometime took as much as 4 or 5 days.

(C) Some of the enzymes in the special mix multiply the growth of a bacteria that feeds on the young barley plants.

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(D) This program was implemented at a time when more than half of barley growers nationwide were reported barely breaking even in their yearly expenses.

(E) This was the second such NFA program to aid barley growers; the first one, 14 years ago, was started with high hopes, but did little to change their situation.



If you have any questions or comments on this post or concerning any of these questions, please let us know in the comment sections below.  🙂



1. A  2. D  3. C  4. C  5. C  6. C



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16 Responses to GMAT Critical Reasoning Practice Questions

  1. rahil February 24, 2020 at 8:13 am #

    I got all the questions right. i have a query regarding cr …i am doing good when cr is on its own but when its coupled with rc and sc my mind is getting fatigued and i cant keep up my accuracy. please suggest

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 29, 2020 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi Rahil,

      First, congrats on getting all of the questions right! Great job. 🙂 Now, many students face the same problem of test fatigue, so you’re not alone in this. However, the best way to combat test fatigue is to build up your endurance! I recommend reading as much as possible to build up your reading stamina – at least 1 hour each day, if you can.

      I also recommend taking timed practice tests and reviewing all of the questions thoroughly (even the ones you got right!) at the end to see if you made any small errors and how these could be avoided next time. This is really the best way to get used to the test format and avoid fatigue in the future! 🙂

      I hope this helps. 😀

  2. FortnE December 24, 2018 at 2:09 am #

    I don’t understand no 7 mike plz help

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

      I’ll be happy to help! But first, could you clarify which question you don’t understand? The questions are only numbered to 6, not 7, and a little extra info about why you don’t understand the question can also help me give you the best possible assistance. 🙂

  3. JSL June 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    It’s a HUGE assumption to think that there are “photocopiers and laser printers” in the offices referenced in question #2. I personally work for a company that has neither. I thought the whole point is make NO assumptions. Do we assume “common sense” things … like other colleges also having requirements for the SAT for those cheaters… (question 4) or not?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

      You’re right about this in the sense that it would be a bit of a leap to assume that there would be photocopiers and laser printers in every office owned by BCC. But remember– BCC owns many different office spaces throughout the United States. And photocopiers and laser printers are still relatively common. If you took a sample of numerous office areas across the U.S.– such as the sample owned by BCC, you’d also find a significant number of offices that do have copiers and laser printers. In other words, if it’s a leap to assume all of these offices have copiers and laser printers, then it’s also a leap to assume that none of these offices would have them. It’s much more likely to assume that some of BCC’s office spaces have these common pieces of office equipment, while others do not.

      Additionally, you need to remember that in GMAT multiple choice, you want to pick the best answer, not the perfect answer. And D is the answer that works the best, among the answer choices given.

  4. PRAKY August 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Why cant A be the answer to Qno 2 …. D seems to be out of scope as the statement mentions degradation of carpet from laser toners and cartridges.. while in statement A , carpets are transported by train from coast to coast which seems to be a valid reason.

    Also Q 5 was tricky, couldn’t find a relevant answer at first, option C has got a hidden meaning, liked it

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike August 8, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Dear Praky,
      Yes, #2 is a tricky question. Did you follow the link to the video explanations? The full explanations are given if you follow those links.
      We are told that “the bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep …”, so BCC already calculated all of this in its bid. Yes, the transportation from the factory would likely be costly, but that’s already considered in the bid — obviously, the folks at BCC have to know where their carpets are made! — so those transportation costs would be factored in. Even with this cost, the folks at BCC believe they are going to make a profit. That’s why (A) is not a valid weakener.
      Meanwhile, in (D), we find that standard toner damages the carpet. Well, almost every office has either a laser printer or a photocopier, and it’s quite conceivable that toner occasionally will spill on the carpet. Well, whenever toner gets on the carpet, that part of the carpet needs to be replaced, and BCC is on the hook for this — they are responsible for “any ongoing maintenance and upkeep.” Moreover, it is quite possible that this is cost BCC was not anticipating — unlike the location of their own factory, this fact involves things not under their own control. Choice (D) is definitely well within scope, and it is the most powerful weakener here.
      Does all this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • PRAKY August 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

        Thanks Mike for the quick reply, really appreciate it.

        For (A), I was taking into consideration the hike in transportation fares for 3 years, which might be a factor for BCC.

        But I agree (D) seems to be the most powerful weakener here.

        Thanks Mike once again, I am trying to get my reasoning skills right.

        I think luck also matters in reasoning questions, where u hope to get the right reasoning answer to that question.

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike August 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

          Dear Praky,
          You are quite welcome. 🙂 I assure you, in GMAT CR questions, there is absolutely no luck involved — mastering the GMAT CR is completely a matter of learning skills. At Magoosh, we teach those skills. Best of luck to you, my friend.
          Mike 🙂

  5. AArendy April 17, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Why not E in question 4 ??
    I know C is right but E is also right , one can’t deny it….
    🙁 I am tired of making mistakes , i always choose the tempting one , always get stuck between two , specially all the GMAT CR questions , i have tried. I was doing well in GRE CR questions but here all seems to be too elusive.

    • Mike MᶜGarry
      Mike April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Dear AArendy,
      Think very carefully about what we know. We know from the argument that, “some colleges have discounted the official SAT scores of applicants with a knowledge of FANTOD, and have required them to take special admission tests in supervised conditions on their own campuses” So, some colleges are making a major move toward the student who know FANTOD. What are the rest of the colleges doing? Are some of the rest doing nothing at all? Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps the rest of colleges have raised the SAT score requirement for folks who know FANTOD. Maybe the rest count the SAT general test for a little bit less and the SAT subject tests for a little bit more for applicants who know FANTOD. There are many minor adjustments that colleges could make, and probably some of the school that are not taking the major step cited are making one of these minor adjustments instead. Are there some schools that are doing absolutely nothing, treating the folks who know FANTOD exactly the same as anyone else, as (E) suggests? Maybe. Certainly, that’s a plausible conclusion. If I were a betting man, I would tend to bet on that possibility — it’s very likely. BUT, and here’s the important thing: we don’t absolutely know. And if we don’t absolutely, 100% know, then we can’t call it a conclusion on the GMAT CR.
      Does this make sense?
      Mike 🙂

      • AArendy April 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

        I laughing at me only…
        I shud had thought that way. Anyways, does level of GRE CR and GMAT CR is same?? I dont think so , because i have seen a large variety of questions on CR in gmat blog , but not in GRE blog

        • Mike MᶜGarry
          Mike April 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

          Dear AArendy,
          For the GRE, the argument questions are just mixed in with Reading Comp. I believe the GMAT arguments are a little trickier than the GRE arguments, and the LSAT arguments are absolute mind-twisters, much harder than those on the GMAT. If you can reliably do LSAT arguments, then the GMAT CR will be easy.
          Mike 🙂

          • Saurav April 20, 2014 at 1:56 am #

            Thanks Mike for the quality set of questions.

            • Mike MᶜGarry
              Mike April 20, 2014 at 10:45 am #

              Dear Saurav,
              You are more than welcome. Best of luck to you!
              Mike 🙂

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