// In the final installment of our Critical Reasoning Lesson 2, Jen and Dave walk you through two sample Critical Reasoning “Weakening” questions. Test out your skills and learn how to work efficiently without getting distracted by tricky answer choices. Looking for more CR help? Earlier installments of this CR lesson feature tips on tackling assumption, strengthening, and weakening questions. Check all the videos out here!
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// In this video, Jen and Dave will run through the basics of “weaken” CR questions. In past CR videos, you’ve learned how to strengthen a CR argument; now learn to identify answer choices that act as weakeners. As Jen and Dave explain, two of the most common ways an answer choice will weaken a CR argument include: Invalidating an assumption on which the argument depends Providing a piece of evidence that makes the conclusion… Read more
// In earlier segments of this Critical Reasoning lesson, Jen and Dave explained the best ways to approach GMAT Critical Reasoning “strengthen” questions. Now, in the fourth installment of the lesson, it’s your turn to test your skills with two sample questions. Jen and Dave will give you time to tackle the question on your own, and then walk you through the easiest, most efficient way to arrive at the right answer. Remember to look… Read more
// In this video, Dave and Jen provide an introduction to “strengthen” questions on the GMAT Critical Reasoning section. As Dave and Jen explain, there are two main ways for an answer choice to strengthen an argument presented in a CR question stem: Validate an assumption on which the conclusion depends Provide an additional piece of evidence that supports the conclusion Be sure to check out the earlier segments of this Critical Reasoning lesson, part… Read more
// In this video, Jen and Dave walk you through two typical GMAT Assumption questions — and outline an approach that can help you deal with all arguments on the GMAT Critical Reasoning section. They start by breaking down each argument’s evidence and conclusion, then explain how a little pre-work can help you eliminate trap answers and identify right answers much more quickly. At the second question (4:30), press pause to try it out before Dave… Read more
// In this video, Jen and Dave break down the three most common question types on the GMAT Critical Reasoning section: Weakening, Strengthening, and Assumption questions. They start by covering the structure that underlies all three question types, then show you two strategies for dealing with Assumption problems in particular: one, how to check the validity of an assumption by using the Negation Test, and two, how “pre-phrasing” can help you recognize an assumption in… Read more