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i see. my apologies, i assumed you were an mba applicant.

by lunarpower

Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Strategies for preventing careless mistakes ...
Replies: 27
Views: 19029

I also realized a couple of weeks ago that the moment one starts drawing a figure for three overlapping set questions one has already lost a battle towards Q51. These questions must be dealt with formulae and those formula should come to you as quickly as reflex actions i know of no such 'formulae'...

by lunarpower

Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Strategies for preventing careless mistakes ...
Replies: 27
Views: 19029

mensanumber wrote:Would you still advise me to write everything down even if I am just looking for an improvement of 2 points on quant section
you have a 750. congratulations. in this case, i have exactly one piece of advice: don't take the test again.
why would you re-take with a 750?

by lunarpower

Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Strategies for preventing careless mistakes ...
Replies: 27
Views: 19029

BENEFIT #3 of translating CR into 'conversation': you'll have to simplify the language of the passage (= 'explain to a 9-year-old', as i'm always saying). normal people don't talk in the language of dense formal text; rather, they talk like ... well, normal people. our brains are fundamentally wire...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

BENEFIT #2 of translating CR into 'conversation': you'll be able to anticipate where the passage is going. consider: When freelance writers are offered full-time staff positions, very few of them accept. Some people try to explain this by... if this is a conversation, you can predict ABSOLUTELY EVE...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

BENEFIT #1 of translating CR into 'conversation': you'll ALWAYS catch important transitions —even if they are 'tiny little words'. this is the issue in your posts here. in an actual conversation, there is NO WAY you would miss 'Some people think...', and there is also NO WAY you would fail to und...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

Hi Ron, Thank you sooo much for the clarification. you're welcome. by the way, you may have noticed that i haven't posted here regularly in some time—i've been too busy on our own (MPrep) forum. if you don't hear from me here (and the source is allowed on our forum) you may want to try your luck ...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

forgot the footnote— **i can only think of two exceptions: 1/ a religious authority (e.g., if a Christian says Jesus said X , or if a Muslim says Muhammad taught that X , then (s)he is probably going to agree with 'X'); 2/ a beloved mentor/parent/etc (e.g., My father always said... --> this would ...

by lunarpower

Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

more directly... in EVERYDAY CONVERSATION, Some people say... is almost invariably** followed by something with which the speaker DOES NOT agree . (at the very least, the speaker will generally entertain the possibility that whatever 'some people say' is false.) if this is not obvious, just think of...

by lunarpower

Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

But should I ignore the relationship form the stimulus ("volunteering->endorphins->longivity") of these two 'arrows', only the first is actually substantiated by the passage. as far as the second arrow, note that the passage says... It has been suggested that regular release of endorphins increases...

by lunarpower

Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

here's how the problem works if you make the substitution i described above. * people who wear dresses live longer than people who don't. (this is a statistical FACT. we want to explain it.) * it's doubtful that wearing dresses actually extends a person's life span, so we need another explanation. i...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

if you are still confused, just replace 'volunteer' with 'wear dresses', and that should make the logic easier to understand. i will explain in more detail below. but, BEFORE YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT POST , actually make that substitution (take out 'volunteer' and put in 'wear dresses') in the pa...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

interesting... resurrecting a thread that's almost 4 years old! So option A as an answer is still confusing because it looks like option A says that women lives longer than men because women do more regular volunteer work. nope. first, you should IMMEDIATELY reject this interpretation , because this...

by lunarpower

Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Critical Reasoning
Topic: When people engage
Replies: 21
Views: 10279

on the other hand, "in which", "from which", "to which", etc. can appear either with or without a comma: I saw a play that was reviewed in the local newspaper. I saw a play in which one of my friends plays a starring role. ("in" + "that" = "in which") I need to buy the assigned textbook, which conta...

by lunarpower

Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:42 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: Tax on water bill
Replies: 17
Views: 5219

if the modifier starts with "which", it should be preceded by a comma.
(in the standard american usage endorsed by GMAC, "which" without a comma becomes "that".)

by lunarpower

Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Sentence Correction
Topic: Tax on water bill
Replies: 17
Views: 5219