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K-12 schools use EDUCATE INSIGHT assessments to assess critical thinking because they need objective information to assist them in identifying applicants who are ready, willing, and able to think and to learn.

Assessing Critical thinking for Selective Admissions

Today the pressure on selective schools is immense, as parents, eager to provide the best possible start in life for their children, strive to have them admitted to the best schools possible.  But a tsunami of applications can actually present problems for selective K-12 schools.   Schools know that it is a disservice to admit a child who is not prepared to succeed academically. And schools know that their admissions processes need to be as fair, objective, and thorough as possible. 

To address these twin problems, selective schools are adding critical thinking mindset and critical thinking skills measures to their applications package.

EDUCATE INSIGHT provides a comprehensive thinking assessment program with instruments calibrated for students from kindergarten to high school.

EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 Thinking Mindset 

  • As a first screen on admissions, schools use EDUCATE INSIGHT thinking mindset tools to assess a child’s expectations and attitudes toward using thinking to learn things and to solve problems. Parents and teachers know that a positive desire to engage in thinking and learning is very important to a child’s educational success.  By contrast, students who are unwilling to apply themselves are not only difficult to teach, they take valuable places away from more deserving applicants. Used as part of an admissions package, EDUCATE INSIGHT thinking mindset assessments provide objective information about the applicant’s mental focus, learning orientation, and approach to problem solving. 

EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 Reasoning Skills 

  • Children with stronger critical thinking skills have a huge advantage at every educational level. That is why schools use the EDUCATE INSIGHT reasoning skills series as part of the second, more refined, admissions screening to identify strengths and weaknesses in core thinking skills.

Critical thinking skills empower learning.  By engaging their skills children learn important content and, at the same time, they exercise and strengthen those skills.

  • Just like learning a sport or a musical instrument, critical thinking skills grow stronger when guided by the teacher’s watchful coaching. Learning is so much more than memorizing facts.  Ultimately education means learning to think well. Through education, as contrasted with rote memorization, a child learns to be analytical, to draw reasonable inferences, and to explain why and how things work. Through learning to think, the child becomes able to correctly evaluate the credibility and the quality of reasons and information.  Whether educators are using a Montessori approach or some other method to ask “Why?” and “How?” questions, engagement in thinking is the key to learning.

EDUCATE INSIGHT assessments are calibrated for use with children at different grade levels, are standardized, objective measures of critical thinking skills. Using scenarios that are familiar and age-appropriate, these tests invite children to apply their reasoning skills in order to analyze information, to draw inferences, to evaluate options and explanations. 

It is important to note that no specific test prep is needed before taking a critical thinking skills test beyond general education focused on the development of critical thinking skills.  A good critical thinking test is not going to be a test of factual knowledge about critical thinking. Memorizing information and definitions is not the key. A good reasoning test will engage you in using your thinking skills and mindset because critical thinking is a process. 

Bottom Line: selective K-12 schools incorporate EDUCATE INSIGHT into their application process because they know strong critical thinking predicts academic and professional success. Making the measurement of critical thinking at program entry strengthens comprehensive selective admission and placement programs.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can use the EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 series to measure what matters most – critical thinking.

Follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for resources and further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

INSIGHT: teamwork

Investing in the training of critical thinking using INSIGHT Development Program and INSIGHT businesss assessments is a strategic decision. If you have been asking yourself whether you will see immediate value from an initiative to strengthen critical thinking in new hires, current employees or newly admitted business students, consider how critical thinking is applied on the job:

Business Critical Thinking in Action:

  • analyzing and explaining risks
  • designing & implementing initiatives
  • allocating resources
  • anticipating & preventing errors
  • analyzing markets
  • using & managing information systems
  • assessing opportunities & competition
  • evaluating the effects of initiatives
  • identifying & analyzing emergent concerns
  • developing data security protocols
  • evolving long term goals and plans
  • communicating effectively with team members
  • evaluating customer service
  • anticipating the implications of actions taken
  • hiring and promoting leaders
  • analyzing and resolving personnel issues
  • explaining policy and procedures
  • designing & evaluating departmental reports

The list of business critical thinking goes on almost indefinitely, particularly in high-stakes workplace settings requiring employees to engage unexpected problems and make time sensitive judgments.

It’s easy to see why critical thinking is highly valued by employers. Businesses can no longer afford to be mistaken about best thinking, when error rates are already in question, when difficult problems and decisions must be addressed, and where poor judgments can lead to irreparable damage and even cost lives.  

Building critical thinking strength throughout a business is an investment that pays off every day.

Insight Assessment is leading an effort to improve the quality of decision-making in business. We offer a proven training and development self-study program that focuses building essential workplace thinking skills and mindset attributes. INSIGHT Development Program is an integrated solution that incorporates online training modules and access to our industry leading assessment tools.  It can be implemented to supplement existing employee improvement plans or as a new human resources benefit.

Insight Assessment provides industry leading critical thinking assessments that measure the thinking skills and mindsets required for success in the workplace. The INSIGHT Business suite of assessments are tailored for Business, Health, Defense, First Responder, Government/Law, and Science/Engineering uses.  INSIGHT objective, online assessments provide  individual and group metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of key aspects of decision-making. 

Contact us to discuss implementing your strategic investment to improve the quality of decision-making in your organization.

Follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for resources and further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

Critical Thinking for Business

We are often asked about the correlation between critical thinking skills and strong business reasoning skills. 

Many clients are preparing to make a commitment to growing their businesses by building strength in decision-making skills. Often they want to know if the thinking skills their employees need can be assessed.

The landmark 1990  APA Delphi Report identified the core cognitive skills and characteristics of critical thinkers.  

The relationship between critical thinking and business reasoning skills is clear: critical thinking is the term originating with this research for many of the skills and mindsets that businesses identify as problem solving or decision-making skills.  In consultation with experts and working professionals and from decades of research on thinking and reasoning in human decision making, Insight Assessment has identified core skills and mindsets that are necessary for high stakes decision making in the business world. 

Five Thinking Skills for High Stakes Decision-making

The relationship of these core business problem solving or decision making skills to key critical thinking skills is shown on the table below ( available in PDF form) .

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Thinking in Leading, Deciding, and Motivating

  • Identify  Critical Elements
    • Analyze the strategic environment, identify its elements and their relationships
    • Interpret events and other elements in the strategic environment for signs of risk, opportunity, weakness, advantage
  • Project Logical Consequences
    • Infer, given what is known with precision and accuracy within the strategic environment, the logical and most predictable consequences of various courses of action
  • Navigate Risk and Uncertainty
    • Infer, given the range of uncertainty and risk in the strategic environment, the full range of the possible and probable consequences of each possible course of action
  • Assess Decision Options
    • Evaluate anticipated results for positive and negative impacts
    • Evaluate risks, opportunities, options, consequences
    • Explain the rationale (evidence, methodology, criteria, theoretical assumptions, and context) for deciding on the integrated strategic objectives and for the planning and action parameters that compose the strategy
  • Double Check Everything:  At every step review one’s own thinking and make necessary corrections.

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INSIGHT assessments are proven tools for measuring strengths and weakness in the essential business thinking skills described above.

INSIGHT offers more options and better fit with your needs because it provides multiple levels calibrated for business , healthcare , science and engineering , first response , defense and  legal organizations. Assessments provide objective data for prescreening candidates, placement and talent development.

INSIGHT Development Program  is a proven self-paced online employee training program designed to build critical thinking in teams as well as in individuals.

INSIGHT Development Program can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.  Modules focus on specific essential thinking skills and mindset attributes. Each purchase includes:

  1. series of modules targeted to strengthen an individual’s thinking characteristics
  2. the use of the corresponding Insight Assessment testing instrument and individual reports that can be used for individual professional development, continuous improvement initiatives, talent identification and other quality improvement programs.

Assessing thinking is the first step to improving the quality of decision-making in your organization. Be sure you are assessing the skills you need.

Contact us. We will show you how easy it is to incorporate thinking skills assessment into your hiring, training and employee development programs.

Insight Assessment: Grow with Strong Thinkers

Insight Assessment doesn’t just offer an algorithm processing an amalgam of data. We offer proven, validated research-based assessments that measure and report on the most essential competencies: the strong analytical skills and reasoning abilities that are the basis of all work skills and capabilities. Insight Assessment customers see huge benefits from the analysis of business thinking skills and mindset metrics delivered on our online assessment reports.

Building a team of strong thinkers depends on having relevant, ready to use information at your fingertips. INSIGHT business assessments deliver comprehensive and meaningful metrics that can be easily disseminated and applied to assist clients’ efforts to carry out their specific continuous improvement plans. Individual score reports provide high quality objective data that is valuable to Human Resource departments for meeting hiring, professional development and performance improvement objectives. Aggregated group data is also available.  

We offer far more than an algorithm—we provide tools to make better decisions.

  • Our proven assessments stand on 35 years of delivering validated data to drive performance.
  • Our assessments are not one size fits all—each is calibrated to measure targeted industries and performance levels.
  • Our assessments use real world business scenarios and issues that require test takers to apply their reasoning skills to analyze and identify the best solutions.
  • Our individual reports provide a comprehensive analysis of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in 10 key mindset attributes and 5 essential thinking skills. ( See a sample INSIGHT Business Professional report .)
  • Our reports deliver the information clients need in a readily usable format—we’re not going to try to upsell you on additional services—but we will also offer free resources about human reasoning, assessment and developing skills.
  • Our assessments will save you money in reduced turnover and improved quality.
  • Testing is available 24/7 worldwide via our flexible online assessment administration: all you have to do is tell us how many people you want to assess and we'll set it up.
  • Reports are delivered within minutes of completion of the assessment/data collection.

Insight Assessment is committed to making sure our clients receive the data they need for their high stakes objectives. We deliver better measurements, better insights and highly relevant employee analytics. Contact us to set up your assessment account so you can make sure you have strong decision makers on the job.

graphic. critical thinking skills & disposition

Many projects using Insight Assessment instruments to evaluate critical thinking skills and mindset attributes have been awarded funding by major governmental agencies which evaluate highly competitive research grants. In the United States these include the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.  

Critical thinking, at its most basic level, is the process of reflective and fair-minded decision making concerning what to believe or what to do.  This is why researchers are focusing more and more attention on effective methods for developing a sustained willingness and ability to engage problems and concerns using critical thinking. 

Insight Assessment tools to measure critical thinking provide many advantages to researchers.  These objective measures have been developed to be culturally relevant in all language translations. Free of gender bias and tailored to educational level, they provide the researcher a  valid and reliable method for measuring individual differences and group characteristics for human reasoning skills and mindset attributes.  Insight Assessment tools are well-respected and well-known.  With the assurance of the highest standards of instrument development, all research can be addressed using optimal and superior design. Doctoral dissertations and externally funded research proposals in many nations have relied on them to determine the effectiveness of training programs for business, education and government agencies.

To learn more about Insight Assessment support of research

To learn more about the value of adding a measure of reasoning skills and mindset to a scientific investigation of human cognition

For issues researchers are studying:

For a sampling of critical thinking research findings, see our Resources collection

Insight Assessment has provided discount pricing for the past 30 years for research across the disciplines conducted by non-profit organizations when the aims of the research involves the science of human reasoning, the training of thinking skills and mindset, problem recognition and resolution, risk reduction, or the study of key decision makers.  Selecting a valid and reliable measure calibrated to your study population also offers you the opportunity to benchmark your study sample to the population in the area of reasoning skills, increasing the external validity of your findings. Call or email us today to discuss your own critical thinking research project. 

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