07 Mar 2018

## GMAT Basics: Critical Reasoning

The verbal section of the GMAT is comprised of 41 questions of three different types: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, and Critical Reasoning. Of these, Critical Reasoning makes up around 13 questions. Since all the question types are spread out during the exam, you have to be proficient in all three major question types as well as all the subtypes for each. For this article let’s take a look at the basic strategy for Critical Reasoning questions and introduce CR question tasks.

Below is the sample CR question from the official GMAT website.

Question
The cost of producing radios in Country Q is ten percent less than the cost of producing radios in Country Y. Even after transportation fees and tariff charges are added, it is still cheaper for a company to import radios from Country Q to Country Y than to produce radios in Country Y.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following assertions?

(A) Labor costs in Country Q are ten percent below those in Country Y.

(B) Importing radios from Country Q to Country Y will eliminate ten percent of the manufacturing jobs in Country Y.

(C) The tariff on a radio imported from Country Q to Country Y is less than ten percent of the cost of manufacturing the radio in Country Y.

(D) The fee for transporting a radio from Country Q to Country Y is more than ten percent of the cost of manufacturing the radio in Country Q.

(E) It takes ten percent less time to manufacture a radio in Country Q than it does in Country Y.