Yes. However unbelievable it might seem, your friends can sometimes help you get better marks. They can help you identify the mistakes you did not find obvious enough, and you also get an outsider’s opinion on your essays, and therefore on your points of view. Now, even though your friends might be untrained, or unaware of the GRE AWA grading system, having a second pair of eyes look at your writing can be really beneficial to finding your flaws. Plus, you receive feedback then and there, right on your face, and it is sometimes the easier way to learn.
Parts of the integrated reasoning section will involve a lot of critical thinking. GMAT Pill has organized 5 Core Frameworks for Integrated Reasoning - especially helpful for the Two Part Analysis section.
For example, this is a diagram of Framework #3: Table Top. The idea of the table top is that anytime you make an argument, draw a conclusion, or claim something - something else is must be true that supports that claim or conclusion. That something else is called an assumption. That assumption acts like the supporting leg of a table. If that assumption is violated, then you know the argument or claim falls apart. There are a variety of ways to test the strength of the table top. And we discuss two major ways to test the table leg in the context of multiple examples. Don't go into your GMAT exam without understanding how the table top framework applies to GMAT integrated reasoning questions.
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