Which CR question type drives you crazy? Boldface? Find the Assumption? Inference?
I’ve put together what I’m calling the Master Resource List for this question type. A couple of disclaimers. First, this list includes only free resources, no paid ones. There are a lot of good resources out there that cost some money—they’re just not on this list!
Second, this list is limited to my own articles. I’m not trying to claim that only my articles are good enough to make such a list—far from it. I’m most familiar with my own articles, so that’s what I’m using. (And, okay, I will admit that I think the ManhattanGMAT CR process is the best one out there. But I’m biased. : ) )
The CR Process
Before you dive into individual question types, it’s critical to know the overall CR process. A few key notes:
- There 4 major and 5 minor question sub-types* and each one has its own particular technique details.
- Your job is to learn the overall process / strategy for CR as well as the techniques specific to each question sub-type.
* Every now and then, a question pops up that doesn’t quite fit one of the 9 main categories. There are exceptions to every rule in the universe.
In order to master CR, you should be able to answer the following questions about each question type:
- How do I recognize this question type?
- What kind of information should I expect to find in the argument, based on this question type? What kind of information is going to be the most important?
- What is the goal for this question type? What characteristics must the correct answer have?
- What kinds of traps will be set for me? What are the common wrong answer types for this question type?