Articles published in Critical Reasoning

Top 10 Tips for GMAT Critical Reasoning

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Top 10 Tips for GMAT Critical Reasoning by Chelsey Cooley

Feeling stumped by GMAT Critical Reasoning? Here are our 10 best GMAT Critical Reasoning tips. You’ll find tips for studying Critical Reasoning before test day, as well as maximizing your chances of getting tough questions right. Read more

What’s Tested on GMAT Verbal

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - What's Tested on GMAT Verbal by Chelsey Cooley

Every GMAT Verbal problem tests reading and understanding text. But different problems test those skills in different ways, and GMAT Verbal also tests some other less obvious skills. In this article we’ll break down what you need to know for GMAT Verbal, one question type at a time.  Read more

Trick-or-Treaters Are Using the Executive Mindset

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Trick-or-Treaters Are Using the Executive Mindset by Patrick Tyrrell

Haaaappy Halloweeeeen, dear reader. What’s that? You’re already annoyed by the trite conceit of this conveniently-timed piece about trick-or-treating? Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Pinpointing Comparisons and Relationships

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Pinpointing Comparisons and Relationships by Reed Arnold

Welcome to the latest installment of the Big GMAT Skills series, which I am hoping to use to lay out some of the biggest GMAT skills you can start using to get that score you want. Check out the other parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and keep them in mind as you read, as those GMAT skills are still going to be applicable here, just as what’s here is applicable in those articles as well. Read more

Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 3) by Chelsey Cooley

In the first article in this series, we started looking at the big picture of GMAT Verbal. Is there any point to studying Verbal? Is there any way to know which answers are really right, given that language is so much more subjective than math? Read more

Critical Reasoning Assumption Questions – Let’s Play Jenga!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Critical Reasoning Assumption Questions - Let's Play Jenga! by Ryan McGorman

Some Critical Reasoning question types are pretty straightforward about what you’re being asked to do. On a Strengthen the Argument question, for example, many students naturally have a good sense of what they’re supposed to do even if they’ve never specifically studied the question type before. Read more

Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 2) by Chelsey Cooley

Students sometimes tell me that studying GMAT Verbal feels a little pointless. After all, isn’t it true that you either “know it or you don’t”? As it turns out, that’s not really true—although the GMAT definitely tries to make it seem that way! Read more

Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Is GMAT Verbal Fair? (Part 1) by Chelsey Cooley

GMAT Quant might be frustrating, but at least there are rules! Verbal, on the other hand… well, I’ve had some arguments with the GMAT over what the right answer to a GMAT Verbal problem should be. You probably have, too. Or, you’ve wondered what makes this Verbal answer choice “more right” than that Verbal answer choice. After a lot of years and a lot of GMAT Verbal problems, here are my thoughts. Read more

GMAT Critical Reasoning: Arguments that Predict the Future

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - GMAT Critical Reasoning: Arguments that Predict the Future by Chelsey Cooley

GMAT Critical Reasoning is repetitive. The arguments in GMAT Critical Reasoning problems might be dressed up differently—one is about local politics, another is about business—but, under the surface, the arguments use the same tricks over and over again. If you learn to spot these tricks, you’ll also learn to spot the right answer. (You’ll also start poking holes in every argument you hear, which is a great way to make new friends.) Read more

Why Am I Not Doing Better on GMAT Critical Reasoning?

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Why Am I Not Doing Better on GMAT Critical Reasoning? by Patrick Tyrrell

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GIVEN THAT I’m awesome, HOW COME I’m not awesome at GMAT Critical Reasoning?

Do you know what cognitive dissonance is? It’s a concept that usually only comes up when someone is smugly implying that you’re a hypocrite: “So you believe that abortion is wrong because we don’t have the right to take away someone else’s right to life …but you believe in the death penalty?”

Wipe that look of “checkmate” off your face, bub: Read more