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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.
1. 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.
2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
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Other chapters within the ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency (400): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the Illinois TAP Test
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Vocabulary & Language
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea & Supporting Details
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Inference & Interpretation
- Illinois TAP Reading: Summarizing & Interpreting Information
- Illinois TAP Language Arts: Grammar
- Illinois TAP Language Arts: Writing Mechanics
- Illinois TAP Writing: Understanding Audience
- Illinois TAP Writing: Development & Organization
- Illinois TAP Writing: Editing & Revision
- Illinois TAP Writing: Clarity
- Illinois TAP Writing: Practice
- Illinois TAP Math: Integers
- Illinois TAP Math: Fractions, Decimals & Percents
- Illinois TAP Math: Estimation & Measurement
- Illinois TAP Math: Reasoning Skills
- Illinois TAP Math: Algebra
- Illinois TAP Math: Geometry
- Illinois TAP Math: Data & Statistics
- ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency Flashcards