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Critical Thinking Tutorial: Test Your Existing Knowledge

This tutorial will empower you with valuable critical thinking skills that are essential for your university education.

Comprehension Poll

The following poll will help you test your understanding of how reading and critical thinking are related, in particular, the connection between being able to comprehend an idea and think critically about it.


Note: This is not a quiz, so the popular vote may not be the right answer. Completing the poll is merely a way to establish your existing knowledge so you can make meaningful connections between what you already know and what you're about to learn. Establishing prior knowledge is an important habit to develop as a critical thinker. If you are unsure, click Don't Know to find out more.

Test Your Prior Knowledge

University students often struggle with assignments because they lack sufficient reading comprehension skills.
Agree: 6 votes (75%)
Disagree: 2 votes (25%)
Don't Know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8

Over 40% of adults in the U.S. lack the basic skills to read and understand college-type texts.
Agree: 8 votes (100%)
Disagree: 0 votes (0%)
Don't know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8

'Word recognition' and 'reading comprehension' are the same thing.
Agree: 0 votes (0%)
Disagree: 8 votes (100%)
Don't know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8

'Reading comprehension' and 'critical thinking' are the same thing.
Agree: 0 votes (0%)
Disagree: 8 votes (100%)
Don't Know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8

The ability to think critically depends on good comprehension skills
Agree: 8 votes (100%)
Disagree: 0 votes (0%)
Don't know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8

Studies indicate that university students with poor reading comprehension skills have a limited ability to think critically about their academic texts.
Agree: 9 votes (100%)
Disagree: 0 votes (0%)
Don't know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 9

SEE-I is a critical thinking technique that can make understanding a topic easier so you can explain it or write about it more clearly.
Agree: 10 votes (100%)
Disagree: 0 votes (0%)
Don't Know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 10