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Ch 5: Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Critical Reasoning

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Let us help you develop your critical reasoning skills and use them to assess the credibility of a passage of text. Through video lessons and self-assessment quizzes, you'll learn various methods of drawing conclusions about a written piece in order to successfully answer questions on the TAP reading comprehension exam.

Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Critical Reasoning - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons will assist you in mastering the reasoning techniques needed to assess a written passage's validity. In preparation for the Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency exam, you'll learn to evaluate a passage in order to determine bias, spot false logic and draw conclusions. Topics covered in the videos include:

  • Learning to evaluate reasoning
  • Evaluating reasoning in an article or essay
  • Recognizing a passage's similarities and differences
  • Analyzing relationships between opposing ideas
  • Selecting solutions to problems presented in the passage
  • Drawing conclusions based on information in the passage
  • Recognizing the implied or stated assumptions on which an argument depends
  • Determining the relevance of examples or facts to an argument
  • Recognizing fallacies of logic
  • Recognizing qualifying language
  • Distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • Assessing the credibility, bias and objectivity of an author and sources

In these engaging video lessons, instructors will lead you through each topic, showing you what you'll need on the test. Learning various methods for critical analysis of written texts will make it easier to identify incorrect assumptions and determine bias, and these lessons make the process enjoyable.

Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Critical Reasoning Course Objectives

Passing the TAP is required for teacher licensing in Illinois. The TAP is made up of three parts, totaling 170 questions, along with a writing section. Each of these four subsections is scored separately. The Critical Reasoning topics covered in this chapter's lessons are part of the reading comprehension portion, which has 60 multiple-choice questions.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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