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Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh and Carolyn LoGiudice

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Ages: 12-0 through 17-11

Testing Time: 40 minutes


COMPLETE TOPS 2 ADOLESCENT KIT INCLUDES: Examiner’s Manual, Reading Passages Book, 20 Test Forms. (2005)


The TOPS 2 Adolescent uses a natural context of problem-solving situations related to adolescent experiences and assesses five different decision-making skill areas critical to academic, problem solving, and social success.

Based on the research of Richard Paul, the TOPS 2 Adolescent emphasizes the integrative disposition of critical thinking by focusing on these cognitive processes:

  • understanding/comprehension
  • analysis
  • interpretation
  • self-regulation
  • evaluation
  • explanation
  • inference/insight
  • decision-making
  • intent/purpose
  • problem solving
  • acknowledgment


The test is comprised of five subtests (18 written passages) that assess a student's performance of these skills.  The subtests require the student to pay careful attention to, process, and think about what they hear and read; think about problems with a purpose in mind; resist the urge to be impulsive; and express answers verbally.



  • Subtest A: Making Inferences
    The student is asked to give a logical explanation about a situation, combining what he knows or can see with previous experience/background information.  Students who do well on this subtest make plausible inferences, predictions, or interpretations.
  • Subtest B: Determining Solutions
    The student is asked to provide a logical solution for some aspect of a situation presented in a passage.
  • Subtest C: Problem Solving
    This subtest requires a student to recognize the problem, think of alternative solutions, evaluate the options, and state an appropriate solution for a given situation.  It also includes stating how to avoid specific problems.
  • Subtest D: Interpreting Perspectives
    A student who does well on this subtest will evaluate other points of view in order to make a conclusion.
  • Subtest E: Transferring Insights
    The student is asked to compare analogous situations by using information stated in the passage.


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Test Forms (34131) available, see below.

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