I finished my Official Guide set of Critical Reasoning problems last night and went through my normal process of putting in all my answers and times into my OG Tracker.Â I usually wait until I finish all the problems in a section before inputting them.Â The tracker has all the answers loaded, so I immediately see whether or not I got the answer correct.Â For a good set, Iâ€™ll get them all right, or maybe one or two wrong.Â For this particular critical reasoning set, my accuracy was only 68%.
Unfortunately, the real problem I had with this subject was the Manhattan GMAT prep itself.Â The MGMAT books are usually extremely helpful and have definitely improved my overall score thus far.Â However, I donâ€™t think they did a great job with the Draw the Conclusion section.
When I got to the â€œIn Actionâ€ problems at the end of this chapter, I got all 10 out of 10 questions correct.Â I didnâ€™t fully realize this at the time, but they were all brain-dead easy.Â I just assumed the OG problems would be just as easy.Â I took the exact same approach to my OG problems and thus ended up with such a terrible score.
The problem with the MGMAT Draw the Conclusion problems and training is that theyâ€™re both too simplistic.Â Most of them make the conclusion to simply be an extension of a premise, or even just a restatement of a premise.Â For the harder CR GMAT questions, this strategy simply wonâ€™t work.Â Youâ€™re not going to get to a 700 GMAT level question and just see a regurgitation of a premise â€“ they wouldnâ€™t make it that easy on you.
My learning from all of this is that you do need to take a â€œpredictive leapâ€ on draw the conclusion questions.Â You definitely have to go through each of the answer choices and see which one makes the most sense and is the least wrong or irrelevant.