Today I learnt a lot about Critical Reasoning. Very confusing thing really, though it sounded very simple to me initially. So I decided to try and construct a few of these CR passages by myself just for the fun of it.
Premise: I decided to study at home
+ Assumptions: There would be no distractions
= Conclusion: I took time off from work.
Well as I realised today, this is a flawed argument. You see my assumption about no distraction was the one that got tested today. I had pre-ordered the new Jeffrey Archer book, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ and it got delivered! Now I have been waiting for this book for 6 months, so it was a herculean task to set it aside and focus on GMAT prep. I managed exactly half an hour and then I just ripped off the packaging and the rest as they say is history. Now just so you get the complete idea, I am a maniac when it comes to reading books. While most people would have read a few chapters and then got back to the all important preparation, that was not going to be me. Needless to say, I spent the better part of the evening (6 hours to be precise) devouring every twist and turn in the extremely gripping tale. At the end, all I could do was breathe a sigh of relief that it was over and (hopefully!) I wouldn’t have a distraction like this again in the space of the next month. Well actually it’s pretty much guaranteed because a small note at the end of the book said that the next installment wouldn’t be out until 2015 and by then the GMAT would be long over, phew!