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Critical Reasoning GMAT Strategy Guide (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Critical Reasoning) Paperback – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Critical Reasoning
  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: MG Prep, Inc.; 3 Pap/Psc edition (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981853307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981853307
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

About the ManhattanGMAT Strategy Guides

The ManhattanGMAT Strategy Guides offer students a unique balance between two competing emphases: test-taking strategies and in-depth content understanding. Most prep courses focus on the strategic portion of the GMAT - timing, shortcuts, etc. However, we believe that unless a student has a solid understanding of the content, the tricks won't be of any use. Therefore, we include practice problem sets that build specific foundational skills in each topic as well as advanced content that many other prep books ignore.

From the Author

Chapter by Chapter

1. Argument Structure

2. Methodology

3. Structure-Based Family

4. Assumptions

5. Strengthen and Weaken

6. Evidence Family

7. Complete the Argument

8. Wrong Answer Analysis

Appendix A: Official Guide Problem Set --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

In the last decade, Manhattan GMAT has grown from a single, dedicated tutor to a major test prep company with locations across the country. Our philosophy is simple: We aim to help students achieve their goals by providing the best curriculum and the highest-quality instructors in the industry. Manhattan GMAT hires fewer than 1 in 10 qualified applicants for its teaching positions, ensuring every instructor has years of experience and a 99th percentile score. So you can trust our books are developed by the very best.

Customer Reviews

Their Critical Reasoning book has been my absolute favorite book of the series.
R. DeVorse
That is true but unhelpful information: most people of whatever nationality are simply SLOPPY thinkers and sloppy readers and need a serious recalibration.
themcmanusbro
Overall, this is a good book, with detailed and accurate explanations on methods and what to expect in the exam.
Wesley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GMATaker on February 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I actually used the RC, SC and CR of Manhattan and improved my verbal scores by a huge margin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SP at Oh! Paper Pages on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book offers a very basic overview of the material covered on the verbal section. If you are having trouble with the critical reasoning portion, I suggest you pick up Powerscore's Logical Reasoning Bible for the LSAT. It far outstrips the material covered in the MGMAT book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By themcmanusbro on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
As one who teaches the GMAT for a living, has written around 250 Critical Reasoning practice questions and is presently working on a Critical Reasoning manual, one thing that I have found remarkable about the GMAT Critical Reasoning section is the lack of good guides or practice materials.

Part of this is due, I suppose, to laziness: GMAT test prep companies cater largely to the Anglo-American market, which is largely not worried about the Verbal portion. The Verbal section encompasses far more than simply language, however--this is not the TOEFL--and in order to break the 700 ceiling a firm mastery of Critical Reasoning is absolutely essential.

Manhattan GMAT's Critical Reasoning guide, like nearly every other one on the market, appears eager to reassure students that "no knowledge of formal logic is necessary" to ace the Critical Reasoning questions. That is true but unhelpful information: most people of whatever nationality are simply SLOPPY thinkers and sloppy readers and need a serious recalibration. Perhaps no questions hinge on your knowledge of the terms "modus ponens," "modus tollens," "affirmation of the consequent," or "denial of the antecedent," but most people do not realize just how many arguments contain serious flaws and accept them without thinking critically, rendering themselves unable to dig out the problem when faced with it.

Furthermore, the refusal to structure the lessons along the lines of deduction and formal logic lead Manhattan to ignore the widely accepted mathematical conventions for diagraming arguments and suggest a great many vague and confusing symbols to that end. Diagramming arguments is useful in some situations, but only if you recognize what a valid argument (modus ponens or modus tollens) should look like.
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I've never learned as quickly or as easily as I have since ordering the parts of the Manhattan Review set.
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Not the best of the group I actually thought it was quite useful. Not until I actually take the test will I be able to confirm it was actually useful but I feel better prepared for the GMAT after reading it. I like the scientific breakdown of the problems that are being asked and it does a solid job of teaching you a system to consistently answer questions (hopefully correctly). In short, Manhattan is solid and this product is consistent.
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This is a really good resource for Critical Reasoning. The best part is that you get access to the Manhattan Online problem sets. Some of these questions are more difficult than the real test, but I guess that's to be expected from all the Manhattan series.
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By Mohammad Towid Khan on December 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
following this book might actually decrease of chances of getting the answers right during the exam.
the examples are superficial and honestly I think some of them have wrong answers and explanation.

do yourself a favor, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
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If you are preparing for the GMAT, this book is a great introduction to the critical reasoning in the verbal section of the exam. Good explanation and technique for someone who has difficulty in battling critical reasoning.
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