1. Wisdom isn’t always a good thing, especially in Critical reasoning:
Most of the smart students with good intellectual capabilities ironically are the students make more mistakes in critical reasoning just because of the fact that more you apply your wisdom to the questions or in other words more you jump out of the reasoning given in the passage more are the chances you are making it wrong.
2. What to start with?
Unlike in reading comprehension always start with the question because the way you look at the construction of the argument changes from question type to question type.
Inculcate a habit deconstructing every argument: Write down premise and conclusion for every argument because this habit eventually will help you understand the argument more clearly and also helps you save a lot of time when you re-read the argument.
4. Use negation with caution:
Negation rule is mandatory when one is finalizing the correct answer in assumption question. However, if one applies negation rule for each and every answer choice it’s definitely going to mess up one’s reasoning.
5. Paradox and Half correct half wrong answers:
A correct answer for paradox question is one that gives the appropriate explanation for the unexpected scenario. However chosen answer, sometimes, despite giving the proper explanation for the unexpected situation is considered half correct half wrong if doesn’t justify both the perspectives.
6. Strengthening vs Inference question:
Strengthening: Which of the following strengthens/supports the argument?
Inference: Which of the following is strengthened/supported by the argument?
Purpose and strategy for these questions are completely different so pay more attention when reading these two question types.
7. YES/NO; Evaluate question type?
Evaluate questions fall under assumption questions category like strengthen and weaken questions. Yes/No question in evaluate question type is as important as Negation question in assumption question type.