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Intro to Critical Reasoning

The content provides an introduction to GMAT Critical Reasoning, focusing on the structure of questions, the nature of arguments, and the role of inductive reasoning.
  • Critical Reasoning questions comprise 13 to 15 of the 41 verbal questions on the GMAT, allocating about two minutes per question.
  • The essence of Critical Reasoning is to test the ability to reason, primarily through the analysis of arguments made up of premises and conclusions.
  • Arguments in Critical Reasoning are based on inductive reasoning, where conclusions are not 100% certain but are supported by premises and assumptions.
  • Identifying unstated assumptions is crucial for evaluating the strength of an argument, as these assumptions can either strengthen or weaken the conclusion.
  • The content sets the stage for further exploration of attacking these assumptions in subsequent materials.
Introduction to GMAT Critical Reasoning
Understanding Arguments and Questions
Inductive Reasoning and Unstated Assumptions
The Structure of Critical Reasoning Questions

FAQ: Wait, how many questions are on the verbal section? I thought it was 36.

The GMAT verbal section used to be 41 questions long --- but it was reduced to 36 questions in their last set of changes. This video references the old format. You can still expect CR questions to comprise about a third of the GMAT's verbal section. (See this blog post for a more detailed overview of the verbal section's format.)