This video comprises Vocabulary Test 5 for Boldface Questions on GMAT Critical Reasoning. Use this video well to apply your learning and prepare yourself for solving problems in the verbal section on GMAT.
Vocabulary Test 5 for GMAT Boldface Questions
Here is another vocabulary test for the GMAT boldface questions. Please go through this one, carefully, as well. These tests will help you understand the exact meanings of the complicated terms used in the boldface questions, a vital part of the GMAT boldface strategy.
Vocabulary Test #5
After reading the following passage, please go through the list of terms below it, and see which can apply to the bolded portion. Once you have arrived at your answer, read further to see an explanation for each option.
The GDP of Xitora has grown by 15% during the tenure of the current political party. This is the highest growth since any tenure over the previous 50 years. Since the GDP growth is a fine indication of the economic growth of a party, the party has been applauded for its role in the achievement. However, the recent opinion polls reflect a steep decline in the popularity of the party owing to its perceived softness on longstanding social, economic, and diplomatic issues. Therefore, the party is unlikely to win another term in the forthcoming elections.
First, please go through the mind map for the passage.
Mind Map: GDP growth has been great--> party deserves credit-->party has been soft on other issues--> not likely to win
- Main Conclusion - By reasoning, the bolded portion is the main conclusion of the argument. Therefore, the first choice is a fine answer.
- A Conclusion - While the bolded section is technically a conclusion, this is not a good choice because on the GMAT "a conclusion" means an intermediate conclusion, as distinct from the main conclusion.
- Fact - The bolded section is too subjective to be called a fact, hence this is a poor choice, as well.
- Opinion - The bolded section can also be called an opinion, as it is the author's point of view that the party will not win the next election.
- Judgment - The bolded section can also be called a judgment, for the same reason that it can be called an opinion.
- Circumstance - It would not be accurate to call the bolded section a circumstance.
- Evidence - The bolded section does not serve as evidence towards any conclusion, so this is not a good choice.
- Prediction - The bolded section can be called a prediction, however, as the author is speculating upon possible future events.
- Assumption - The bolded section makes no assumptions.
- Consideration - The bolded section is in no way a consideration.
Thus, main conclusion, opinion, judgment, and prediction are the potential answer choices here. Considering the specific role played by the bolded section in this passage, the best choice here is clearly, "main conclusion".
This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to Experts' Global's Stage One Critical Reasoning videos.