GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions

Written by Kelly Granson. Posted in GMAT Study Guide

The main purpose of Critical Reasoning questions is to test your logic and reasoning skills. You will have to define the main point of an argument, determine assumptions of an argument, draw appropriate conclusions from given facts, make parallels relevant to given situations, find weak and strong points of an argument, detect flaws in logic etc.

Usually you will need to deal with about 12 Critical Reasoning questions on the test day.

Although there are a number of different question types in this section, each GMAT Critical Reasoning question has the same structure. It contains an argument, a question stem, and 5 answer choices.

An argument is a short passage at the beginning of every Critical Reasoning question. An argument can deal with any subject in any field, but you don't need to be familiar with the topic. Arguments come from various sources, including scientific articles, political speeches, and extracts from newspapers. Some arguments will be presented as formal statements, while others will take the form of a debate between people.

A question stem is a question that you will have to answer after reading the argument.

Answer choices are the multiple choice options you have to choose from.


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