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501 Challenging Logic and Reasoning Problems

# 501 Challenging Logic and Reasoning Problems

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N E W Y O R
501CHALLENGINGLOGIC ANDREASONINGPROBLEMS
2nd Edition
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Contents
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his book—which can be used alone,with other logic and reasoning texts ofyour choice,or in com-bination with LearningExpress’s
Reasoning Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day
—will give you practicedealing with the types ofmultiple-choice questions that appear on standardized tests assessing logic,reasoning,judgment,and critical thinking.It is designed to be used by individuals working on their own and by teachers or tutors helping students learn,review,or practice basic logic and reasoning skills.Practice on 501 logicand reasoning questions will go a long way in alleviating test anxiety,too!Maybe you’re one ofthe millions ofpeople who,as students in elementary or high school,never understoodthe necessity ofhaving to read opinion essays and draw conclusions from the writer’s argument.Or maybe younever understood why you had to work through all those verbal analogies or number series questions.Maybe youwere one ofthose people who could never see a “plan ofattack”when working through logic games or critical think-ing puzzles.Or perhaps you could never see a connection between everyday life and analyzing evidence from aseries oftedious reading passages.Ifyou ﬁt into one ofthese groups,this book is for you.First,know you are not alone.It is true that some people relate more easily than do others to number seriesquestions,verbal analogies,logic games,and reading passages that present an argument.And thats okay;we allhave unique talents.Still,it’s a fact that for most jobs today,critical thinking skills—including analytical and log-ical reasoning—are essential.The good news is that these skills can be developed with practice.
Learn by doing
.It’s an old lesson,tried and true.And it’s the tool this book is designed to give you.The 501logic and reasoning questions that follow will provide you with lots ofpractice.As you work through each set of questions,you’ll be gaining a solid understanding ofbasic analytical and logical reasoning skills—all without mem-orizing! The purpose ofthis book is to help you improve your critical thinking through encouragement,nofrustration.
Introduction
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