I. Six Reasoning Principles 1: How to Identify Arguments 2: Types of arguments 3: Put it in your own words 4: Evaluate an Argument 5: Strength & Validity 6: Idea of the Right Answer
 II. CR Question Types A: Must be true questions B: Assumption questions C: Strengthen & weaken D: Main point questions E: Paradox questions F: Reasoning questions
 IIII. Extra Questions A: Extra Questions
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 Guide to Critical Reasoning Questions

F. Get an idea of the right answer

If you can identify an argument and assess its strengths, you may come up with a right answer after reading the stem.

Test takers should not be discouraged if they cannot come up with a pre-phrase. Some questions are difficult and an immediate answer will not jump out at you.

Don't fall for traps from test writers

If you have gone as far as to be able to identify and assess an argument, don't fall into a trap when picking an answer.

Test writing is an extremely time-consuming task. One of the most difficult parts of test writing is generating the "junk" wrong answer choices. Test writers have an easy way out. On nearly every question you will see wrong answers that are either the trick opposites or scope traps. These wrong answers do not do much to test ability; they are simply there to fool inexperienced and unskilled test takers. Test writers like to use them because they take a few seconds to write and fool most students, thereby making the question "harder."

On the positive side, a skilled test taker may quickly identify these two trap questions types. Most of the wrong answers in any given Verbal test will be one of the two types of junk answers. If you can identify the junk answer choices, you may thereby eliminate wrong answers and increase your chances of getting the right answer. Below we have several examples.

Trick Opposites

This is an underhanded trick from test writers

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