Ch 46: TACHS: Reasoning Abilities

About This Chapter

Expand your understanding of critical thinking and reasoning processes using our video lessons and quizzes. Knowledge of these areas will be helpful if you are planning on taking the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS).

TACHS: Reasoning Abilities - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to provide an overview of how to apply general reasoning skills to solve visual problems as well as those containing patterns and sequences. You'll go over relevant definitions, reasoning strategies and examples of critical thinking and reasoning methods. A thorough understanding of these topics will help you demonstrate the following and answer these types of questions found in a portion of the TACHS:

  • Explaining verbal reasoning skills
  • Relating the steps used when applying verbal reasoning skills
  • Naming the two types of deductive reasoning
  • Defining critical thinking
  • Listing the steps used in the critical thinking process and in evaluating reasoning
  • Identifying patterns and sequences
  • Determining relationships between two and three picture pairs

The video lessons use simple language to make learning this information easy and fun, with narrative text being supported by illustrated examples. The self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson allow you to measure what you've learned and practice taking the actual TACHS by using the same multiple choice format you'll find on the test.

TACHS: Reasoning Abilities Objectives

TACHS is used to measure a student's ability to apply basic language, math, reading and reasoning concepts. It is used in New York State to assess students who are seeking to enter a Catholic high school. The standardized test is given once per year and students can only take the test once. Registration for the TACHS can be completed online, by phone or by submitting a paper registration form.

The Reading Abilities chapter covers the methods and strategies you will likely be tested on when taking the TACHS. The Ability portion accounts for 25% of the entire test. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions, broken into two parts: 40 questions covering similarities and changes and 10 questions addressing abstract reasoning.

8 Lessons in Chapter 46: TACHS: Reasoning Abilities
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Verbal Reasoning: Definition & Skills

1. Verbal Reasoning: Definition & Skills

In this lesson, we will define and describe several examples of verbal reasoning. We will also evaluate the usability of this type of assessment and explain how it is used to evaluate students in an instructional setting.

Verbal Reasoning Strategies

2. Verbal Reasoning Strategies

Word problems may be intimidating, but they don't have to be. If you know the words to look for and how to read your problem, you will be well on your way to finding the right answer. Learn how in this lesson.

Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition

3. Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition

Deductive reasoning involves drawing conclusions from specific statements called premises. Learn more about deductive reasoning and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning

4. What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning

Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.

The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

5. The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

In this lesson, you'll learn the steps involved in the critical thinking process. You'll consider how coming to a conclusion effectively involves multiple questions that get you thinking about a topic in a new way.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

6. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Identifying Patterns & Sequences of Figures

7. Identifying Patterns & Sequences of Figures

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and continue a pattern or sequence when you are given a series or collection of figures. You'll also find out about three different pattern or sequence types.

Determining Relationships Among Picture Pairs

8. Determining Relationships Among Picture Pairs

When you have two parallel lines and a line that intersects these parallel lines, you get some pretty interesting relationships between the angles formed by the lines. Learn about this and how easy it is in this lesson.

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