About This Chapter
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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- GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Overview & Best Practices
- Writing Skills for Exam Takers
- GMAT Quantitative Section: About the Quantitative Section
- GMAT Integrated Reasoning: Types of Questions & Overview
- Problem Solving for Exam Takers
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- Strategies for Solving Math Word Problems
- Numerical Ability: Reasoning & Data Interpretation
- Interpreting Data & Statistics
- Answering Data Sufficiency GMAT Questions
- GMAT Verbal Section
- Test-Taking Strategies for the GMAT
- Sentence Correction Techniques
- English Usage Conventions in Writing
- GMAT Test Flashcards