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Video: How to Weaken a Critical Reasoning Argument

Posted in Test Prep on March 4, 2011 by


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!