GMAT Critical Reasoning can definitely be tough to master! Getting there takes a lot of practice. Here are some tips and resources that will help you along the way!
Fist, if you haven't done so already, you should check out our Critical Reasoning lesson videos. Here's a link to the first video in that series:
The first step to getting better at Critical Reasoning questions is to understand the argument. You need to understand each individual piece of the argument, and understand how each piece is logically connected.
If you're having a hard time understanding the information in the passage, you may need to work on your reading comprehension. It's very important that you're able to understand what you read before you move on to the logic part of Critical Reasoning questions. If you need to improve your reading comprehension, the best way to do that is to read as much as possible! Here's some suggested reading:
Once you're able to understand the information in the passage, you need to practice breaking down the argument into its specific pieces. You need to practice finding the premises and conclusion of each argument.
You also need to know about the common wrong answers for each Critical Reasoning question type. These are discussed in our lesson videos on Critical Reasoning questions. This is important because the best way to answer Critical Reasoning questions is to look for the wrong answers and eliminate them. This is the easiest way to find the right answer! As you evaluate each answer choice, you need to avoid making inferences that are not based solely on the argument. Don't bring in your outside knowledge.
Keep in mind that to really get better at Critical Reasoning questions, you need to practice a lot - and carefully go over each question once you've checked your answers. You need to attempt as many practice questions as you can, and spend the time to understand each question after you've answered it. Over time, this will help you improve significantly!
In addition to the practice questions you can access by doing Magoosh practice sessions, here are some practice questions from our blog:
- CR Practice Questions
- More CR Practice Questions
- Boldface Questions
- Dialogue Questions
- Find the Conclusion/Inference
- Populations Questions
- Strengthen the Argument Questions
- Evaluate the Conclusion
We also have a lot of blog posts about how to approach Critical Reasoning questions. If you haven't seen these yet, you should take a look!