Higher-Level Thinking SkillsINTERPRETING means explaining or showing what something means. EXPLAINING means making something clear and understandable. EVALUATING means judging, arguing, or estimating; expressing an opinion. PREDICTING means foretelling or declaring beforehand; making a prediction. OBSERVING means watching, paying attention to, or noticing. ANALYZING means studying in detail; determining the evidence; breaking down a subject, separating the parts, and examining their relationship to each other. CLASSIFYING means grouping into sections or categories; sorting or placing into classes. SYNTHESIZING means pulling together; assembling into a whole; solving, planning, proposing, or constructing. COMPREHENDING means describing or grasping; understanding; comparing and contrasting; explaining in one’s own words. HYPOTHESIZING means assuming something for the sake of an argument; proposing a theory, explaining something. MENTAL TRACKING OUT LOUD means talking to oneself.