Verbal Live Prep

Critical Reasoning Sessions
PRETHINKING FOR ASSUMPTIONS

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Prethinking

This session will introduce you to one of the most revolutionary ideas to tackle CR questions: Prethinking. Since this idea was emphasized as a process two years ago by Rajat, founder of e-GMAT, prethinking has helped thousands of students ace CR. Since prethinking applies not only to assumption questions but to all argument-based questions, you’ll have learnt a much better approach to CR questions by the end of this session.

Three characteristics of Assumption

Since the session is primarily based on assumption questions, you’ll learn the three characteristics that any statement must satisfy to qualify as an assumption.

Negation test

You will also learn“Negation Test”, which is a sure-shot way to separate assumptions from non-assumptions.

HOW WILL THIS SESSION BENEFIT YOU?

Higher accuracy

You’ll see a jump in accuracy as soon as you start prethinking and as soon as you start applying the negation test. As you internalize the learnings from the session and apply them, your accuracy level will keep rising.

Higher confidence

After the session, you’ll not be satisfied with marking answers by hunch. This session will arm you with the correct approach and relevant concepts to understand precisely why the wrong option is wrong and the correct choice is correct. With clarity in your mind, your confidence level will increase tremendously.

Lower time to answer

As your understanding and confidence increases, you’ll notice that you are taking lesser and lesser time to answer CR questions. Most students who practice the post session exercises are able to reduce their time to answer CR questions to less than 1:45 seconds.

Lay a solid foundation

Since the process of prethinking learned in this session applies to to all argument based questions such as assumption, strengthen weaken etc., which form more than 80% of CR questions, this session will lay a solid foundation for you to ace GMAT CR.

HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

Concepts

The session will explain the key concepts using simple examples so that you understand the core of the concept. The concepts that will be taught in this manner include:

  1. Negation test
  2. Process for Prethinking
  3. 3-step process for answering assumption questions

Application

More than 90% of the session time will be devoted in applying the concepts.
We will discuss 6-7 full length assumption questions, most of them 700+ level. Each question is cherry picked on the basis of two criteria:

  1. Why exactly the given assumption is required for the argument to hold
  2. How the incorrect option statements are built to confuse students

You will first attempt each of the questions above on your own and possibly fall into traps designed by the question makers.

We’ll then discuss the question in details using our standard process for solving CR questions. Since the standard process involves prethinking, we’ll also find out assumptions required even before looking at the option statements. For each question, we will prethink two or more assumptions. The focus will be on the approach (process) to prethink assumptions.

Lastly, we’ll not only discuss the argument and the option statements but also explain why the correct assumption is required for the argument to hold and how the question maker has specifically designed traps in incorrect option statements. Probably, your biggest learning will come from our latter explanations.
To make the session lively and participative, we’ll use lot of communication features including chat window, polls, Q&A pod, notes pane, presentation and annotations.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE THE SESSION?

To make the most out of this session, you must have completed the assigned course work, as assigned in the study plan, that includes Assumption concept and application files and our articles on “What and How to Negate” and “Inference Vs. Assumption”.