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1 Critical Thinking Exam Practice Booklet This booklet will have sample critical thinking questions similar to those on the Critical Thinking Proficiency exam. This booklet will cover five sections: 1. Inferences 2. Assumptions 3. Deduction 4. Interpretation 5. Arguments The purpose of this booklet is to introduce you to the concepts of crucial thinking. Completing this booklet does not guarantee that you’ll pass the test. It Is NOT a cheat sheet; take the time to complete as many practice questions as you can. Rehearsal is the way to improve performance with any test. The Academic Success Center provides free resources for Critical Thinking Exam preparation: o Learning Specialists are available for assistance during regular hours. Receive one-on-one help for critical thinking skills in addition to verbal reasoning and test preparation skills. o Tutors for the Critical Thinking exam are available. See walk-in tutoring hours for Philosophy, available at the ASC front desk. Academic Success Center hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Spring-Summer semesters. 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday Fall and Winter Semesters. (313) 577-3165 (313) 577-9372 (fax)
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2 Tips for Inferences Base inferences on facts given as much as possible. Examine the conclusions to see if they can be adequately supported. The students wandered around the library a few minutes until they found the classroom. What can you infer for from the above statement? o The students were without a teacher. o The classroom was in the library. o The students didn’t know where the classroom was. What can you NOT infer from the above statement? o The students were laughing and joking around. o The classroom was hard to find. o The teacher was in the classroom. o The students were stupid. In the first statements that were correct inferences, the conclusion can be supported by some information provided by the statement. In the last three, there is no direct support. For instance, you would assume that if there is a classroom and students, that a teacher would be there, but that cannot be supported by statement, is only an assumption. BUT you can infer that the students were lost by the words, “wandered” and “found”.
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3 Inferences – Practice Exercise There is a tribe on the island of New Guinea known as the Cargo Cult. For decades these people have been waiting for a great bird to swoop down from the clouds and drop riches and magical gifts on them. Their whole lives revolve around complicated ceremonies to make this happen. They are waiting for happiness to drop from the sky. They’re not as crazy as they seem. During World Was II, huge airplanes did drop boxes of food and magical gifts ranging from mirrors to jeeps. Sometimes they dropped bombs. After the war, a tribal headman made the decision to recreate the wartime conditions and
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