Articles published in Critical Reasoning

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

A Quick Idea to Improve Your GMAT Critical Reasoning Overnight

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Quick Idea to Improve Your GMAT Critical Reasoning Overnight by Ryan Jacobs

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Today, I want to share with you one of the easiest and quickest ways I’ve ever found to improve your accuracy when doing GMAT Critical Reasoning questions. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Seeing Possibilities Under Constraints

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Seeing Possibilities Under Constraints by Reed Arnold

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In our previous articles, we’ve talked about two big GMAT skills: reading specifically and stripping away your biases. Now we talk about another behemoth: being aware of possibility. Read more

Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively by Reed Arnold

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Why do I have to take the GMAT? Who cares about the Pythagorean theorem? Or perfect grammar? Why do we need to know the rules of exponents? Or what the prime factors of a number tell us? Or how to read a passage about science we’ll never study? Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 3)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 3) by Reed Arnold

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The hunt for tricky GMAT Critical Reasoning games continues. (Check up here and here for the first two parts on this series).

As before, I’ll present three types of GMAT Critical Reasoning mistakes I see students (and myself) make, and I’ll give some sample questions demonstrating the trick. Then I’ll give you a number for an actual CR problem in the 2017 OG that has this kind of thing going on in it. Read more

A Simple Strategy for GMAT Find the Assumption Problems

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - A Simple Strategy for GMAT Find the Assumption Problems by Chelsey Cooley

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The basic rule of GMAT Find the Assumption problems on Critical Reasoning is this:

The right answer is the only one that’s necessary to the argument.

But what does that actually mean, and how can you apply it on test day? Read more

One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - One Phrase to Change Your GMAT Verbal Life by James Brock

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A bold claim to be sure! But as I’ve used this phrase with a number of tutoring students over the past several years, I’ve seen it pay huge dividends. And I’m a big fan of simple rules and phrases that you can easily remember and apply across many different questions and even different question types. So here it is: Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 2) by Reed Arnold

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As Hemingway did for lions on the Savannah, I have continued my hunt in GMAT Critical Reasoning problems for little mistakes in logic, the tiny tempting answer choices that could trap even the most rational of minds. I have also been consuming as much whiskey as he would have, so plese forgive any typps cos Im perty drnk rite now… Read more

The GMAT Official Guide 2018 Edition, Part 3

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT Official Guide 2018 Edition, Part 3 by Stacey Koprince

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The GMAT Official Guide 2018 books have landed and I’ve got the scoop for you! (If you’d like, you can start with the first installment of this article series.) Today’s post focuses on the Verbal questions in the big OG. Read more

Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 1)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Tiny GMAT Critical Reasoning Mistakes You Might be Making (Part 1) by Reed ArnoldGuess what? You can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free—we’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Critical Reasoning. It’s not the easiest subject to teach, I tell ya. Or to study. On the one hand, it’s deceptively simple: ‘here are four sentences, answer a question about them.’ You might be glad there are no formulas, no little rules to memorize. Unlike geometry, in which you might not see a 5-12-13 triangle on the actual test but need to know about them just in case, GMAT Critical Reasoning is usually just a game of spotting a few parts of an argument and answering the question logically.

But while there are certain things that show up again and again—premise, conclusion, counterpoints, assumptions—there are a lot of different ways the GMAT can construct the logic, and a lot of different ways they can make wrong answers seem tempting. How many times have you been wrong but the answer just felt so right? Read more