Below is a set of sample critical reasoning questions
that are similar to those found in the verbal section of the
GMAT. Due to the relatively small number of questions
that we have published here, we strongly recommend
that you use these only to augment your GMAT preparation. You need to do a
larger number and wider range of exercises than is
provided here to actually prepare yourself for the test.
Stock analyst: "We believe
Company A's stock will appreciate at 35% a year for
the next 5 to 7 years.
Company A just became the leader in its industry and
we expect its sales to grow at 8% a year."
Commentator: "But how can
the stock's price be expected to grow more quickly than the
1) Which of the following, if true,
would best support the stock analyst's prediction?
- The company's expenses will be declining over the
next 5 to 10 years.
- The company just won a patent on a new product.
- Company A's stock is currently overvalued by a
- The 5 to 7 year time frame is too long for anyone
to accurately forecast.
- Company A's industry peer group is expected to
experience stock appreciation rates of 30% over the
same time horizon.
Acme brand aspirin claims to be the best headache relief available
on the market today. To prove this claim, Acme called
10 people and asked them their thoughts on headache
relief products. All 10 of them stated that they unequivocally
use Acme brand aspirin on a regular basis and that they
believe it to be the best headache relief available
on the market today.
2) Which of the following would most weaken this
- Acme brand aspirin is highly addictive.
- The 10 people called were spouses of
- Most people choose to suffer silently through their
headaches and take no medicines whatsoever.
- The 10 people called own stock in a
- The 10 people were selected at random.
My neighbor's dogs bark and howl every time
lets them outside. My CPA told me that dogs tend to bark
and howl when they see birds resting in the top branches
of their favorite trees. I personally believe they
bark and howl because they enjoy disrupting my meditations.
3) Which of the following conclusions
can be properly drawn from
the preceding passage?
- The dogs must be abused by their owners.
- The dogs' owners do not make efforts
to stop the dogs from barking and howling.
- There are many pedestrians who walk by this neighbor's
house, and the dogs are starving for attention.
- The dogs frequently see birds in the
tops of their favorite trees.
- The dogs will bark and howl at 3 a.m. if they are
outside at that time.
Most citizens are very conscientious
about observing a law when they can see the reason
behind it. For instance, there has been very little need
to actively enforce the recently-implemented law that
increased the penalty for motorists caught leaving a gas
station without paying for gas they had pumped into
their vehicles. This is because citizens are very
concerned about the high cost of
gasoline and they know that stealing gas will only
further increase the price of gasoline for everyone.
4) With which of the following statements would the author of this
passage be most likely to agree?
- The increased penalty alone is a significant motivation
for most citizens to obey the law.
- There are still too many inconsiderate citizens
in the local community.
- High gasoline prices can be brought down if everyone
does his or her part and pays for the gasoline they
use at the pumps.
- Society should make an effort to teach citizens
the reasons for its laws.
- People would be more likely to speed on a stretch
of deserted highway than to not pay for gasoline.
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