GMAT Critical Reasoning

GMAT critical reasoning questions present a format that most test-takers aren't used to. Find out everything you need to know about how to master critical reasoning on the GMAT with tips and get the low-down on how to ace GMAT critical reasoning questions.

Learn how to tackle Critical Reasoning questions in the GMAT Verbal section

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First of all, a few practice GMAT Critical Reasoning questions of this particular genre. 1) Studies have shown that highway drivers are less likely to drive at speeds greater than the posted speed limit if houses or buildings are in some way visible from the road.  Assuming similar car, road and traffic conditions, highway drivers […]

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First, a few practice GMAT Critical Reasoning questions of this genre. 1) Homeowner Representative: Statistics show that burglar often target houses that appear unoccupied.  Therefore, when home owners away from their homes for several days, we recommend that they leave lights on, to give the impression that the house is occupied. Crime Expert: The same […]

This is the last post in the series of articles on real-life facts you need to know for GMAT Critical Reasoning. Here’s the full list: Economics: Supply and Demand Economics: Labor and Wages Economics: Inflation, unemployment, and interest rates Law: “beyond any reasonable doubt” Statistics: Statistical significance Statistical significance Most research in the natural and […]

This is the fourth post in the series of articles on real-life facts you need to know for GMAT Critical Reasoning. Here’s the full list: Economics: Supply and Demand Economics: Labor and Wages Economics: Inflation, unemployment, and interest rates Law: “beyond any reasonable doubt” Statistics: Statistical significance “beyond any reasonable doubt” In any decision in […]

This is the third post in the series of articles on real-life facts you need to know for GMAT Critical Reasoning. Here’s the full list: Economics: Supply and Demand Economics: Labor and Wages Economics: Inflation, unemployment, and interest rates Law: “beyond any reasonable doubt” Statistics: Statistical significance Inflation, unemployment, and interest rates Again, this fact […]

This is the second post in the series of articles on real-life facts you need to know for GMAT Critical Reasoning. Here’s the full list: Economics: Supply and Demand Economics: Labor and Wages Economics: Inflation, unemployment, and interest rates Law: “beyond any reasonable doubt” Statistics: Statistical significance Labor and Wages In some ways, this is […]

For the GMAT Verbal section, on Critical Reading and Reading Comprehension, you are not expected to have specialized expertise in the topics they discuss.  Sometimes, though, it is particularly helpful to have general real world knowledge.  If you make a habit of reading regularly— either a good newspaper (the New York Times, the Wall Street […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]