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Unformatted text preview: 4.0 Critical Reasoning Critical reasoning questions appear in the Verbal section of the GMAT-exam The Verbal section uses multiplechoice questions to measure your ability to read and comprehend written materialto reason and evaluate argumentsand to correct written material to conform to standard written EnglishBecause the Verbal section includes content from a variety of topicsyou may be generally familiar with some of the material however, neither the passages nor the questions assume knowledge of the topics discussed Critical reasoning questions are intermingled with reading comprehension and sentence correction questions throughout the Verbal section of the exam You will have 75 minutes to complete the Verbal sectionor about 1 minutes to answer each questionAlthough critical reasoning questions are based on written passagesthese passages are shorter than readingcomprehension passagesThey tend to be 1ess than 100 words in 1en~th and generally are followed by one or two questions For these questions you will see a split computer screenThe written passage will remain visible as each question associated with that passage appears in turn on the screenYou will see only one question at a time Critical reasoning questions are designed to test the reasoning skills involved in(1)making arguments (2)evaluating arguments and(3)formulating or evaluating a plan of action The materials on which questions are based are drawn from a variety of sourcesThe GMAT-test does not suppose any familiarity with the subject matter of those materials In these questionsyou are to analyze the situation on which each question is basedand then select the answer choice that most appropriately answers the question Begin by reading the passages carefully, then read the five answer choicesIf the correct answer is not immediately obvious to yousee whether you can eliminate some of the wrong answersReading the passage a second time may be helpful in illuminating subtleties that were not immediately evident Answering critical reasoning questions requires no specialized knowledge of any particular fieldyou don't have to have knowledge of the terminology and conventions of formal logicThe sample critical reasoning questions in this chapter illustrate the variety of topics the exam may cove, the kinds of questions it may ask, and the level of analysis it requires The following pages describe what critical reasoning questions are designed to measure and present the directions that will precede questions of this typeSample questions and explanations of the correct answers follow 4.1 What is Measured Critical reasoning questions are designed to provide one measure of your ability to reason effectively in the following areas Argument Construction Questions in this category may ask you to recognize such things as the basic structure of an argument properly drawn conclusions underlying assumptions well-supported explanatory...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course PHYSICS 321 taught by Professor M during the Spring '11 term at Jordan University of Science & Tech.
- Spring '11