Abstract Reasoning

Abstract (Conceputal) Reasoning skills give youth the ability to solve problems in more complex ways by using theory, metaphor, hypotheses, and generalization. Research has linked abstract thinking to a greater sense of power and control over one’s environment thus, strengthening youth's ability to resist risky behaviors and develop a deeper understanding of how they impact themselves and their family members.

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PLATO is a nonprofit organization that nurtures young people's curiosity, critical thinking, and desire to explore big questions, through philosophy and ethics programs.

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Take this abstract reasoning ability quiz by Aptitude-test.com that assesses your ability to identify and interpret patterns.

Take this critical thinking quiz by Aptitude-test.com to determine your ability to reason through an argument logically and make an objective decision.


Increase the ability to enage in productive dialogue with this resource from ThinkerAnalystix.

Use this interactive textbook designed by Harvard philosophers to improve logical reasoning skills.


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