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Video: Two Classic CR Weakening Questions

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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!

Video: How to Weaken a Critical Reasoning Argument

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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 less valid

Click here to view the previous parts of this lesson, and stay tuned for the last installment!

Video: Two Classic CR Strengthening Questions

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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 out for trick answer choices as you’re trying out the problems!

Looking for more CR tips? View all the previous segments of this Critical Reasoning lesson, and stay tuned for future installments!

Video: Two Ways to Strengthen a Critical Reasoning Argument

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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 of our GMAT On Demand course, and stay turned for future installments!

Video: How to Approach Two Classic GMAT Assumption Questions

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In this video,┬áJen 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 and Jen’s explanation.

For more tips, check out the rest of this Critical Reasoning lesson, or preview other lessons from Knewton GMAT On Demand.

Video: Intro to the Most Common GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions

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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 the answer choices much more quickly.

Stay tuned for the rest of the lesson, where Dave and Jen walk you through a full guide to CR questions and sample problems for each type.