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Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency Critical Thinking Sample Test Questions Booklet ©2008 by ACT, Inc. All rights reserved. NOTE: This booklet is covered by Federal copyright laws that prohibit the reproduction of the test questions without the express, written permission of ACT, Inc.
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2 Note to Users Welcome to the CAAP Sample Critical Thinking Test! You are about to look at some sample test questions as you prepare to take the actual CAAP test. The examples in this booklet are similar to the kinds of test questions you will see when you take the actual CAAP test. Since this is a practice exercise, you won’t receive a real test score. The aim of this booklet is to give a sense of the kinds of questions examinees will face and their levels of difficulty. An answer key is provided at the end of the booklet. We hope you benefit from these sample questions, and we wish you success as you pursue your education and career goals! CAAP Critical Thinking Test The CAAP Critical Thinking Test is a 32-item, 40-minute test that measures students’ skills at analyzing, evaluating, and extending arguments. An argu- ment is defined as a sequence of statements that includes a claim that one of the statements, the conclusion, follows from the other statements. The Critical Thinking Test consists of four passages that are representative of the kinds of issues commonly encountered in a postsecondary curriculum. A passage typically presents a series of subarguments in support of a more general 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 on the following pages.
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CRITICAL THINKING TEST 40 Minutes—32 Questions DIRECTIONS: There are four passages in this test. Each passage is followed by several questions. After reading a passage, choose the best answer to each question by circling the corresponding answer option. You may refer to the passages as often as necessary. 3 GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. CAAPCT
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Passage I Keepit, Givit, and Wait are discussing whether to make regular voluntary donations to charitable organizations. Keepit: I ought not contribute to charities. What good would it do? My contribution would never be noticed as part of a million-dollar budget. But that same amount of money would be very noticeable if kept in my own family budget; that’s where it makes the biggest difference, and hence does the most substantial good. In any case, our first moral obligation is always to the well-being of our own families. My family would rightly resent my favoring strangers over them. Given my level of income, any money of mine that is not needed for their present well-being should be saved for their future.
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