What strategy do you use for Boldface questions?

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I find that these questions, althoug not tested frequently, take up a lot of my time to reason out. I usually approach them by identifying the role of each sentence in the argument and then seeing what role the boldface play's in it, but many times I just get confused by the time I start to read the answer choices. I was just wondering what advice people on this forum have for approaching these questions since they are typically a curveball compared to other CR questions

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by [email protected] » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:16 pm
I posted an article about Boldface Type Questions a while ago - there might be some tips you are not familiar with:

https://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/07/ ... not-enough
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by [email protected] » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:42 pm
There are three crucial things to consider on a boldfaced question:

1) What is the main conclusion (there usually is one although sometimes there may not be)?

2) What is the relationship of the 1st bold-faced portion to A) the second bold-faced portion and B) the main conclusion)?

3) What is the relationship of the 2nd bold-faced portion to A) the first bold portion and B) the main conclusion)?

If you can answer those questions then you can correctly identify the answer choice.

You do not need to decide the role of each sentence - just the main conclusion and then the portions in bold.

Of course there is a fun type of bold faced that only has one portion in bold. The following link includes the question as well as some confusion around different versions. When you get to my posting I help to resolve the confusion. https://www.beatthegmat.com/useless-bott ... 66646.html
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by GMAT Kolaveri » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:39 pm
Please check my strategy. It worked for some of my friends.

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by umeshpatil » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:19 pm
I follow David's method to solve Bold Faced question. Some more quick tips for this.

1. Read the argument consciously disregarding font size of any part.
2. Paraphrase in your own words.
3. Find out below
  • A> Main Conclusion:
    B> Premises
    C> Premise that chiefly supports argument and something that contradicts
4. After analysis, Find out where the boldfaced argument lies.

** One very good technique is elimination. When you recognize at the conclusion, Eliminate options which refers to something else as conclusion. We could at least eliminate 2-3 options with this tips.

** As there are two bold faced portions in the argument, Answer should be true for both of them. In this stage, we can eliminate the option which mentions about only one bold faced portion correctly.