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Report graphic conparing 4 year undergraduate performance on the CCTST critical thinking assessment to comparable a sample of students nationwide

Learn how to get the most value out of the metrics included in Insight Assessment critical thinking group reports and analytics. In this 8 minute video Dr. Peter Facione shows how data is presented and interprets the standard deviation, mean score, median score, percentile scores and descriptive scores that are reported with the individual and aggregated group scores for each metric on a test. The example uses aggregated data from over 2500 scores on the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) . The graphics, statistical tables, spreadsheets and individual reports shown are produced by Insight Assessment's client-facing online score reporting system.


Each Insight Assessment test instrument measures a comprehensive array of metrics that are valid and reliable indicators of strength in critical thinking skill and, in some cases, indicators of those at risk for poor performance in academic programs or workplace situations. These scale scores indicate areas of strength and areas where improvement is needed.  

Insight Assessment individual and group reports provide easy to read, easy to use objective metrics on key aspects of thinking. Reports of the scores of individuals are presented in spreadsheets showing all scores and demographic responses for each individual in a group, and as PDF files showing the scale scores for a given individual. Aggregated reports of the scores of groups are presented as PDF files which include statistical tables and bar charts for each scale on the assessment instrument. The user manuals for each test instrument provide a step by step guide to the interpretation of the scores reported. Clients who administer online assessments can opt to give each test-taker an individual report of their scores on each key component of thinking skills or reasoning mindset. 

Insight Assessment validated critical thinking test instruments are currently being used by universities, hospitals, businesses, government and military agencies, researchers and K-12 schools in over sixty nations and twenty languages throughout the world. These clients depend on our high quality test-taker data and clear, concise analytics.

Contact us to see sample reports for the assessment that is calibrated for your assessment projects.

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Test-taker motivation

The best way to motivate people to give their best effort on a critical thinking assessment is to make the test relevant to them.

It’s a win/win situation when test takers are motivated to engage in the assessment process. People are most likely to take assessments seriously when they see the personal value of good performance.

Communication with test-takers is essential

  • Set the stage. We all need to make decisions and solve problems every day. Personal success is based on the strength of individual critical thinking skills and personal mindset attributes. A thinking test measures practical real world skills.  Explain that their scores on a good critical thinking test depend on the quality of the skills they use to judge what to believe or what to do. If they don’t choose to think about the questions, they won’t do well.  Emphasize that the critical thinking assessment is not a test of knowledge that can be studied for, so test-takers shouldn’t stress about cramming for it.
  • Make it relevant.  Many people sustain a stronger effort on the assessment when the result is of interest to them or carries some significance to them. Tell test takers why they have been assigned the testing session and why it is important to make their best effort on the assessment. Explain the value of the testing process by letting them know how the information about the group as a whole will be used. Discuss how group and individual test scores will be used locally to evaluate curriculum, to assist in class placement, or as a diagnostic, outcomes assessment, etc.  Let them know the data gathered isn’t just going to be filed and forgotten.
  • Make it personal. Most educators believe that learning about personal performance is a motivating factor for future effort at self-improvement. Test takers are more engaged when they believe that they will benefit personally from the data collected by the assessment.  Depending on the reason for testing and the details of the educational program, employees and students can be informed of their results at appropriate times in their educational programs (during staff development or advising sessions when testing is done as a diagnostic, or at the completion of the programs when testing is a component of program evaluation or educational outcomes assessment.)
    • Insight Assessment clients are increasingly choosing the option of offering printable individual reports to students after the critical thinking testing is completed. Knowing that they will receive a realistic assessment personal report describing their strengths and weaknesses is appealing.  Students and other test takers value this objective personal critical thinking analysis. They find this analysis report extremely useful as they prepare for their future careers.
  • Choose a test that fits the test takers: All critical thinking tests are not alike: make sure the test speaks to the intended test takers. Effective tests engage and challenge test takers with scenarios and situations relevant to their interests in a variety of formats. Other considerations might include reading level, multi-language options, educational specialization and test delivery options.
  • Discuss results:  Follow up after the testing session.  Discuss the overall results. Let them know the time and effort they spent on the test was not wasted time. This is a good time to discuss the importance and interrelationships of the components of strong thinking. Achieving greater success with critical thinking requires practice.  Encourage them to regularly exercise good thinking.  
  • Unfortunately cookies and milk don’t really help.  But everyone appreciates the treat.

At Insight Assessment we are committed to providing the best validated thinking test instruments , the most accessible interfaces , the most relevant and actionable metrics so that our customers can achieve their assessment goals. 

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