### Big GMAT Skills: Reading Specifically and Objectively

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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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**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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**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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**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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**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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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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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

### GMAT Critical Reasoning: Infer like a Master

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Inference questions can appear in GMAT Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Integrated Reasoning, so it’s crucial to master what the test is—and is not—asking you to do. The good news? Your goal is the same, regardless of the question type. Read more

### GMAT Mastery: Manage Time and Avoid Traps on Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension

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On Verbal, we’re asked for the “best” answer—not the “objectively correct” answer that we need to find on Quant—so it can be really easy to fall for tempting traps, especially on Critical Reasoning (CR) and Reading Comprehension (RC).

Learn to work super-systematically, though, and you’ll navigate through those tempting traps to land on the right answer. (Well…most of the time, anyway. 😊) Here’s what to do. Read more

### The GMAT Official Guides 2017 edition – Part 4

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Welcome to the fourth installment of our series on the new Official Guides for GMAT® Review (2017 edition). If you haven’t seen the earlier installments yet, start here and work your way back to me.

I know that some people have already worked through the 2016 editions of the books and want to know which questions in the 2017 editions are the new ones. I’ve got the scoop for you! Read more