Critical thinking is not only important in daily life; it’s also key that your critical thinking skills are well-rounded to be successful on the GED® test.
Many questions check your ability to think critically. Now, what do we mean when we speak of critical thinking?
Critical thinking is the ability to think formally on information and data presented for the purpose of drawing conclusions, figuring it out, and making decisions or interpretations based on the provided information and/or data.
What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking usually reduces biases, partiality, and subjectivity, and it maximizes our objectivity. Critical thinking enhances our capacity to reason and improves our quality of thinking.
Well-cultivated thinkers will collect and assess all sorts of relevant information, raise essential questions, communicate effectively, and come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
Critical thinking requires you to be reflective so you will think about and analyze your own thoughts and way of thinking. Critical thinking requires you to educate yourself so you can meet higher analytical standards.
You must be able to prioritize and evaluate the presented information, identify points of view and biases, and come up with potential solutions to the situation or problem to reach your goals. If you have well-rounded critical thinking skills, you can integrate these skills into every aspect of your decision-making process.
How to Think Critically
For all of us, making choices is part of our lives. Our ability to come up with good choices requires well-rounded critical thinking skills. This is required to solve open-ended problems effectively.
So first, you’ll have to learn to identify a problem. Then, you’ll need to learn how to best deal with all sorts of uncertainties and questions associated with solving the problem. This is the problem-solving process.
When developing your critical thinking skills, it is key to choose the best way for approaching the problem and seeking the best solution, but first and foremost, you’ll have to learn to accurately identify the problem. This is key to reaching satisfactory solutions and a requirement for developing your critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Making Good Choices
Making a good choice is a process we can learn. When you can structurally identify a problem, you will be able to analyze a problem or situation correctly, identify the important or relevant facts, and discover if there are any inconsistencies in the provided information.
You should make sure, however, that your collection of facts or data isn’t biased, doesn’t support a possibly preferred view, that it is collected objectively, and that the conclusions you draw are deliberated.
Keep in mind that your personal beliefs and convictions should never be confused with facts or actual data for evidence. So always try to look at the data from multiple perspectives, try to look at the given information ‘through different glasses,’ and approach any problem objectively.
Be also aware that problem data may have changed over time and that they may be incomplete. Being aware of these facets will definitely help you to boost your critical thinking skills and come up with good choices.
What are Logical Fallacies?
Logical Fallacies are very common errors in reasoning. They are undermining the logic of any argument. Fallacies can be irrelevant points or illegitimate arguments that lack evidence to support claims.
Fallacies are reasonings that are logically incorrect. Fallacies undermine the logical validity of arguments. They may, however, be challenging to identify and include faulty generalizations, improper presumptions, irrelevancies, and faulty assigning causations. Always avoid common fallacies in your arguments and always check the arguments of others for fallacies.
So logical fallacies are errors in reasoning. You should learn how to best spot or identify fallacies. Understanding logical fallacies is truly a priceless skill.