There is no denying that it is the Critical Reasoning section of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) that most examinees find it hard to surpass. Well, maybe because Critical Reasoning assesses one’s capacity when it comes to analytical reasoning skills. The Critical Reasoning section basically composes of two main parts, the stimulus and question term. Stimulus contains the short argument, while question stem carries the question based on the stimulus.
Evaluating the question argument in Critical Reasoning section does not require the examinee to be very well informed about the given issues and topics. What the examinee needs to do is just carefully analyze the argument and recognize its premises and conclusion and also the bottom of the argument. The examinee should always choose of what is the ‘best’ answer among the answer choices.
The GMAT Critical Reasoning mainly designed to gauge one’s cognitive ability. The argument questions are creatively made in order for examinee to think critically and analyze the problem. Well, the examinee needs to recognize the reasoning errors and unstated assumption, drawing reasonable inferences from affirmed premises, and to follow an argument’s line of reasoning.
The questions in GMAT Critical Reasoning section usually in a form of paragraph-length argument. Choosing the correct approach to answer the questions correctly will be made easily if the examinee can determine on what type of question that an argument has. These question types are the following: identifying the implicit assumptions, recognizing how to weaken the argument, recognizing how to strengthen the argument, formulating conclusion from a series of stated premises, recognizing different patterns of reasoning, and recognizing the main point or conclusion of an argument. However, with above different question types, there are top three most common question types that can be found in Critical Reasoning sections. These are the unstated-assumption questions, undermining-evidence questions, and supporting-evidence questions.
It is very important to identify the type of question that an argument has. By doing this, the examinee can decide on what kind of approach that will be used to easily solve the problem. One way to do this is by comprehending the question stem first before reading the argument. It is an advice that in order to save time, one should not waste reading the answer choices first.
Actually, Critical Reasoning section should not be feared of by every test taker because there are strategies and techniques to simply pass the test. First big step is to read the question stem before proceeding to the argument. The next thing to do is to read the argument and have to identify the premises and its conclusions. Then the scanning of the possible answer that most reflected on the unspecified assumption and has been occurred on the examinee. Well, chances are these assumptions might be in the choices. But of course when these assumptions are not one of those answer choices, then considering every choice should be done. And again, when the examinee is still unsure about the best answer, then it is better to look the most opposite or obvious wrong answer of the question. The purpose of this is to eliminate the wrong answers. It increases the chance of choosing the right answer from those remaining three or two choices.
As an MBA candidate, one should not take for grated the section of Critical Reasoning when taking GMAT. It needs preparation and a lot of practice. Practice makes consistent, right? And it is vital to develop the analytical skills. If the test taker is still in college, enrolling to a critical thinking course is of their advantage. However, this set-up will not be of advantage for those working individuals who are obviously busy on their careers. But this is not a problem anymore for there are many Critical Reasoning preparation and GMAT study materials online that is perfectly made everybody’s convenience! Yes, this online GMAT courses are for every examinee who wants to take the challenge of stepping into a new heights of education.
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