2Note to UsersWelcome to the CAAP Sample Critical Thinking Test!You are about to look at some sample test questions as you prepare to take theactual CAAP test. The examples in this booklet are similar to the kinds of testquestions you will see when you take the actual CAAP test. Since this is apractice exercise, you won’t receive a real test score. The aim of this booklet isto give a sense of the kinds of questions examinees will face and their levels ofdifficulty. An answer key is provided at the end of the booklet.We hope you benefit from these sample questions, and we wish you successas you pursue your education and career goals!CAAP Critical Thinking TestThe CAAP Critical Thinking Test is a 32-item, 40-minute test that measuresstudents’ skills at analyzing, evaluating, and extending arguments. An argu-ment is defined as a sequence of statements that includes a claim that one ofthe statements, the conclusion, follows from the other statements. The CriticalThinking Test consists of four passages that are representative of the kinds ofissues commonly encountered in a postsecondary curriculum.A passage typically presents a series of subarguments in support of a moregeneral conclusion or conclusions. Each passage presents one or more argu-ments using a variety of formats, including case studies, debates, dialogues,overlapping positions, statistical arguments, experimental results, or editorials.Samples of test questions in the CAAP Critical Thinking Test are provided onthe following pages.
CRITICAL THINKING TEST40 Minutes—32 QuestionsDIRECTIONS:There are four passages in this test. Eachpassage is followed by several questions. After reading apassage, choose the best answer to each question bycircling the corresponding answer option. You may referto the passages as often as necessary.3GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE.CAAPCT
Passage IKeepit, Givit,and Waitare discussing whether tomake regular voluntary donations to charitable organizations.Keepit:I ought not contribute to charities. Whatgood would it do? My contribution would never benoticed as part of a million-dollar budget. But that sameamount of money would be very noticeable if kept inmy own family budget; that’s where it makes thebiggest difference, and hence does the most substantialgood. In any case, our first moral obligation is alwaysto the well-being of our own families. My family wouldrightly resent my favoring strangers over them. Givenmy level of income, any money of mine that is notneeded for their present well-being should be saved fortheir future.
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