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Types of Reasoning in CR

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Types of Reasoning in CR

Post Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:13 am
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    What are the various types of reasoning in CR a per Powerscore CR Bible.....
    for eg analogy, circular, conditional, causal......

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    Hi qwerty1321,

    Have you purchased this book? If you'd like to know what's in it, then buying a copy would seem like the most direct way to answer this question.

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    Post Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:20 am
    While it's helpful to recognize certain patterns of arguments (causation/correlation, generalization, etc.), I think it's MUCH more helpful to recognize the different CR question types and anticipate what they require of you strategy-wise.

    I tend to subdivide CR into:

    - Weaken
    - Strengthen (ex: http://gmatrockstar.com/2014/01/26/gmat-cr-strengthen-question-of-the-day-4/)
    - Assumption
    - Conclusion
    - Bold Face
    - Inference
    - Must Be True
    - Cause and Effect
    - Paradox/Resolve (ex: http://gmatrockstar.com/2014/01/25/gmat-cr-resolve-the-argument-practice-question-2/)
    - Numbers/Percents
    - Flaw
    - Additional Evidence
    - Similar Reasoning
    - Complete the Passage
    - Method of Reasoning
    - Evaluate the Argument

    For example, a "Generalization" argument could appear in many of these Q-types! So I'd subdivide based on this or a similar model, break down the argument accordingly, and write down a prediction before reading the answer choices.

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    Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:14 am
    Hi Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com

    Yes, I have purchased this book. It is very informative.
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    Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:16 am
    Hi VivianKerr
    Thank you for your reply.

    I wanted to know about these reasoning types so that i can better understand how to solve parallel reasoning questions.

    Thanks
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    Post Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:27 am
    Hi qwerty12321,

    Parallel Reasoning questions are relatively rare on the GMAT (you might see 1). They're most similar to Inference questions. You can answer this question by understanding the reasoning/logic/format that is presented in the prompt, then finding an answer that follows that same reasoning/logic/format.

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    Post Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:33 pm
    Here’s how you can analyze a similar reading question and get this question type correct!

    • Count the Evidence. How many components are there to the premise? The correct answer will always have the same number of pieces of evidence as the original argument.

    • Look for Keywords. Words like “might,” “could,” “must,” etc. in the argument set up a relationship between the evidence and conclusion that should be mirrored in the correct answer.

    • Identify the Conclusion. What type of conclusion is in the argument? Is the author recommending something, making a prediction, giving a counterargument, etc.? Just as with the evidence, the correct conclusion will mimic the logic of the argument in the paragraph.

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