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what is abstract reasoning

Abstract reasoning involves flexible thinking, creativity, judgment, and logical problem solving. Learn more about abstract reasoning and how it differs from concrete reasoning from examples, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Abstract reasoning skills include:

Being able to formulate theories about the nature of objects and ideas
Being able to understand the multiple meanings that underlie an event, statement, or object. For example, realizing that the Liberty Bell is not just a piece of American history, but it is also a symbol of freedom