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Paragraph Argument Writing Workshop – Part II

Intro: In the previous installment—Paragraph Argument Workshop – Part I—I introduced the question type, along with general strategies. I also dissected the first kind of Paragraph Argument: the Weaken question. In this segment, I’m going to delve into two different—but similar—question types: the Strengthen and the Assumption question. Strengthen question The strengthen question is the […]

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GRE Paragraph Argument Workshop – Part I

Before we embark, take a look at the following: Downtown Greensborough is a major financial center in which many citizens either drive or rely on public transportation to get to work. This setup has led up to a spate in the number of pedestrians who have been struck and killed by vehicles. In an effort […]

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[Announcement] New Paragraph Argument Lessons and Questions!

Even if you’re fairly new to the GRE, you are probably already familiar with those pesky paragraphs in the verbal section, which ask you to analyze the argument. These question types, called Paragraph Arguments (also sometimes called “Critical Reasoning” or “Logical Reasoning”), are indeed the bane of many a test taker, as such questions can […]

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GRE Critical Reasoning Question Type: Assumption Questions

Assumption questions are relatively common on the GRE Critical Reasoning component of the Reading Comprehension section. You know you are dealing with an assumption when the question is something like this: Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends? Much like Strengthen/Weaken questions, Assumption questions require you to identify the premises […]

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Critical Reasoning on the GRE: Practice Questions and Explanations

Below are two questions relating to a critical reasoning prompt. Neither question is easy – so if this is your first foray into GRE critical reasoning, read this post first. For the rest, I do have a quick – but very important – preamble. Whenever you encounter a critical reasoning question on the GRE, always […]

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Different Types of Wrong Answers for GRE Critical Reading Questions

Before launching into the six different types of Critical Reasoning questions mentioned in this series, you should familiarize yourself with how best to approach them. Let’s take the following sample. The part in italics is called the argument. The question below the argument is called the question (that part’s easy!). The Malbec grape, originally grown […]

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GRE Critical Reasoning Question: The Logic of “Except”

EXCEPT questions can be very time consuming. The key is not to get too hung up on one answer choice. Instead, eliminate the ones that are obviously wrong. On the ones in which you are unsure on, come back to them later. Sometimes, there will only be a couple of answer choices left. Then you […]

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