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GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions — Format and Directions

The Critical Reasoning question format is one of three basic ones you'll encounter during the GMAT Verbal section. This page lists the key features of GMAT Critical Reasoning questions and provides the test directions for this format.

Features of GMAT Critical Reasoning

Here are the key features of GMAT Critical Reasoning questions:

How many: 14-15 questions

Where: In the 75-minute Verbal section, mixed with Reading Comprehension sets and Sentence Correction questions

Format: Multiple-choice (you select one of five choices by clicking on an oval). You'll be given a one-paragraph passage (an argument), along with a question relating to that passage.

Skills tested: Your ability to understand, critique, and draw reasonable conclusions from arguments

Directions for GMAT Critical Reasoning

There are no special directions for GMAT Critical Reasoning. Only the following brief directive will appear on your screen — just before your first Critical Reasoning question (and you can access the directive while viewing any such question by clicking on the HELP button):

Directions: For each question, select the best of the answer choices given.

To review these directions for subsequent questions of this type, click on HELP.