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GMAT Critical Reasoning: What’s pulling you back from achieving a high level of accuracy? Part- II

Our last blog on the GMAT Critical Reasoning Section covered the two common stages and associated tips that can enable you to achieve a high level of accuracy on the GMAT Critical Reasoning Section. We discussed that if you want to achieve a high score on the GMAT then you need to identify your problem area. Once you know the areas where you lack, then you can start working aggressively on them to get a high score. In this blog, we have shared the remaining common stages that need to be worked upon, in order to score high in the GMAT Critical Reasoning section.



Common Steps and Stages

Not underestimating the power of prediction- Even if you have a clear understanding of the Critical Reasoning questions and parts of the argument, there is another step you need to work on to master this topic. Remember, questions or arguments do not work in isolation and you need to tie them together and pre-think what the possible answer could be. So, if it is a weakening question and involves a planning flaw, you are looking for an option that attacks the plan. When you know what you want, you are less likely to fall into the trap of tempting choices in answer options. Therefore, understand the power of prediction and practice it well. If you have clarity on question types and parts of the argument, this shouldn’t pose a major challenge.

GMAT.31Screening answer options If you have got all above steps right and still end up getting questions wrong in the case of Critical Reasoning argument questions, you may need to work on answer options analysis. Students are so fixated on picking the right answer that they at times do not even consider all answer options properly. Always connect each answer option to the answer that you predicted and then decide whether it should be kept or rejected. Always attach a reason to every option you eliminate. Random selection or elimination would hamper your accuracy.

Now that you know the common problem areas in GMAT Critical Reasoning, do some analysis and find out which one is pulling you back from achieving a high level of accuracy.  Other than identifying the problem and working on solutions, make sure you practice regularly and take timed tests. After all, GMAT is not just a test of some topics but also a test of your test taking skills.


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