The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

9. Finding Assumptions Using the "Big 6" Assumption Categories, with Brandon Royal

November 05, 2019 Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep
The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
9. Finding Assumptions Using the "Big 6" Assumption Categories, with Brandon Royal
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The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
9. Finding Assumptions Using the "Big 6" Assumption Categories, with Brandon Royal
Nov 05, 2019
Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep

Brandon Royal, Ace the GMAT author, joins the podcast this week to share his expertise on an important logical reasoning skill that comes into play on numerous standardized tests — identifying assumptions. He has categorized logical fallacies into six common assumption categories, and he breaks them down for you in an easy-to-understand way so that you’re better able to tackle reasoning-related questions on your exam.

Specifically, Brandon covers:

  • The prep strategy of working “buckets of problems,” and why it’s a beneficial way to engrain concept understanding;
  • Classical argument structure vs. classifying problems according to assumption categories, and pros/cons of each approach;
  • Comparison/analogy assumptions, with examples;
  • Cause & effect assumptions, with examples;
  • Representativeness assumptions, with examples
  • Implementation assumptions, with examples
  • How to apply these assumption patterns to a typical “Analyze an Argument” essay prompt, including what a typical into paragraph might look like and how many body paragraphs are preferable;
  • And more!

FROM THE MAILBAG

Listen all the way to the end for this week’s “From the Mailbag” segment where we answer the question, “How do I manage anxiety on the math section?”

RESOURCES

If you’re looking for a generic book to help you improve your logical reasoning skills for any standardize test, consider Brandon’s The Little Blue Reasoning Book.

If you’re studying for the GMAT specifically, we really like Brandon’s Ace the GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days.

Question? Comments? Contact Dominate Test Prep HERE.

A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

Here’s the quote we opened this week’s show with:

“Logic cannot comprehend love; so much the worse for logic.” ― N.T. Wright

Show Notes Transcript

Brandon Royal, Ace the GMAT author, joins the podcast this week to share his expertise on an important logical reasoning skill that comes into play on numerous standardized tests — identifying assumptions. He has categorized logical fallacies into six common assumption categories, and he breaks them down for you in an easy-to-understand way so that you’re better able to tackle reasoning-related questions on your exam.

Specifically, Brandon covers:

  • The prep strategy of working “buckets of problems,” and why it’s a beneficial way to engrain concept understanding;
  • Classical argument structure vs. classifying problems according to assumption categories, and pros/cons of each approach;
  • Comparison/analogy assumptions, with examples;
  • Cause & effect assumptions, with examples;
  • Representativeness assumptions, with examples
  • Implementation assumptions, with examples
  • How to apply these assumption patterns to a typical “Analyze an Argument” essay prompt, including what a typical into paragraph might look like and how many body paragraphs are preferable;
  • And more!

FROM THE MAILBAG

Listen all the way to the end for this week’s “From the Mailbag” segment where we answer the question, “How do I manage anxiety on the math section?”

RESOURCES

If you’re looking for a generic book to help you improve your logical reasoning skills for any standardize test, consider Brandon’s The Little Blue Reasoning Book.

If you’re studying for the GMAT specifically, we really like Brandon’s Ace the GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days.

Question? Comments? Contact Dominate Test Prep HERE.

A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

Here’s the quote we opened this week’s show with:

“Logic cannot comprehend love; so much the worse for logic.” ― N.T. Wright