Ch 18: Critical Reasoning for Test-Taking

About This Chapter

We can help you master the critical reasoning skills needed for the verbal section of the GMAT. The online video lessons and self-assessment quizzes help you learn to create and evaluate arguments and form a plan of action.

Critical Reasoning for Test-Taking - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter show you how to develop the critical reasoning abilities needed to analyze written arguments. You will learn to recognize well-supported explanations, as well as identify problems caused by incorrect assumptions. Distinguishing between fact and opinion is another concept that is covered here. When you have completed all the videos in this chapter, you will have an understanding of topics including:

  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Recognizing similarities and differences among ideas
  • Analyzing relationships between opposing ideas
  • Finding solutions to problems based on information presented in a written passage
  • Drawing conclusions from written information
  • Recognizing assumptions upon which the argument's validity depends
  • Determining the relevance of facts or examples to an argument
  • Recognizing fallacies and qualifying language
  • Assessing the author's credibility

The lessons in this chapter give you the tools you'll need to assess an argument's validity. Each concept is examined on the easily-followed videos, while the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson give you a chance to review what you've learned.

Critical Reasoning for Test-Taking Course Objectives

Many graduate business schools use the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as a prerequisite for admission. The test contains 90 questions in all, and you must write an essay.

The GMAT is divided into four sections, with a time limit of 3-and-a-half hours. The questions on critical reasoning are part of the test's verbal section. The verbal section contains 41 multiple-choice questions, and you are allotted 75 minutes. Each question consists of a few statements that you will read, then you will be asked about the arguments presented in those statements.

Critical reasoning questions on the GMAT cover:

  • Argument construction
  • Argument evaluation
  • Formulating and evaluating a plan of action

5 Lessons in Chapter 18: Critical Reasoning for Test-Taking
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How to Evaluate Reasoning

1. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Analyzing Interactions Among Main Ideas

3. Analyzing Interactions Among Main Ideas

Analyzing interactions among main ideas sounds daunting to some students. However, if you treat it methodically, you can easily identify main ideas and determine how they interact with one another within the text.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

4. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.

Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

5. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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