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What are employers looking for when hiring?  They want candidates who have the ability to apply gained knowledge in a wide variety of real world settings.  Critical thinking skills like the ability to analyze and solve complex problems, to evaluate information from multiple sources, to work with numbers and to work effective with people of different views are cited as essential for career success.  In the recent Hart Research Associates survey, Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success, 400 employers wanted candidates to have more than field specific knowledge; they seek new hires who can demonstrate proficiency in skills like critical thinking and the ability to apply a broad range of knowledge.

This won’t surprise many businesses. Hiring managers see the impact of new employees with strong thinking skills and motivated mindset. Candidates who can demonstrate strength in analytical thinking and problem solving skills are consistently more productive. It’s equally important that new hires have the consistent internal motivation to engage problems and find solutions.

That’s why our clients rely on Insight Assessment metrics and data to take the guesswork out of personnel assessment and to identify candidates or trainees with the thinking skills and mindset to reach company goals.  INSIGHT Business Professional delivers objective metrics for the reasoning skills and mindset attributes required for high stakes decision making.  The core thinking competencies measured by these instruments have been validated as vital to business and civic life by key leaders in the USA:

  • INSIGHT measures the essential analytic reasoning skills businesses need: problem identification and analysis, evaluating alternatives, anticipating consequences, interpreting information in quantitative contexts and identifying optimal solutions.
  • INSIGHT also reports on 10 mindset measures of willingness and motivation to apply knowledge, experience and skills to increase results as well as focus, adaptability, honesty and tolerance for different viewpoints.   

Comprehensive individual reports provide reliable data about the specific strengths and weaknesses of 15 essential reasoning skills of test takers.  Easy to use online assessments are available 24/7.

If this is the type of data you need to prescreen candidates for hiring and promotion, contact us.

Strong critical thinking is the key to success

You work hard in today’s market to fill your hiring needs.  Screen better and faster with thinking skills and mindset attribute testing. Get the validated data you need to identify employees with the essential job-related skills to succeed in your company.

There’s no substitute for high quality objective and validated data.

Whether you need data about thinking strength for candidate evaluation, employee development, continuous improvement projects or for program evaluation, Insight Assessment is here to make sure you get the metrics you need about thinking skills and mindset.

Each INSIGHT assessment has been calibrated to objectively measure the way staff members apply reasoning skills to job-related situations.  Our reports deliver data and comprehensive analysis in an easy to use format:

  • Numerical and Qualitative Results Reported on Each Metric.  Numerical scores and recommended performance assessments reported reflect the extent to which the person being assessed manifested a given skill or attribute. The recommended performance assessments (qualitative scores) reported are always relative to the level of the INSIGHT assessment instrument: INSIGHT Executive , INSIGHT Professional , INSIGHT Staff , or INSIGHT Support .
  • Printable individual reports document specific strengths and areas for growth for each of 15 key skills and mindset metrics.  In addition to qualitative and numeric results, individual reports provide reliable analysis of each component of decision making and how it impacts job success.
  • Optional group reports display aggregated statistics and bar-charts on each metric using high quality graphics, suitable for inclusion in management reports. The spreadsheets included with group reports provide the specific scores and responses by all individuals assessed. Group level reports effectively communicate assessment results for particular aggregations of individuals, e.g. all applicants for a particular position.
  • Our expert staff will provide assistance for set up of your projects and can deliver reports for all subgroups in your organization.  When groups of candidates or employees are examined, it is possible to make judgments about the strength of the group as a whole as well as to compare individuals in the group. 
  • INSIGHT assessments are available whenever needed 24/7. Insight Assessment test instruments are delivered worldwide using our secure, encrypted, online multilingual interface. Our app based test online system provides the option of taking our thinking and reasoning assessments on most mobile devices as well as desktop systems. Individual results reports are sent directly to your specified email address each time an assessment is completed.
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Building a team of strong thinkers depends on having relevant data on individual and group strength in thinking and problem solving.  INSIGHT individual and group reports have many uses, including guiding employee hiring and development initiatives over time, comparing different groups engaged in similar tasks at a given organizational level, documenting the success of quality improvement initiatives or aiding in the establishment of threshold skill levels to qualify candidates for interviews.

If your company wants to proactively implement a thinking skills improvement initiative,   INSIGHT Development Program provides online self-paced training modules focusing on 15 core thinking skills and attributes. The program features reflective mental exercises, access to an assessment metric and performance reporting tools.

Better employee thinking means better decisions. Contact us to get the data you need to meet your goals.

Data for Continuous Improvement

Actionable data for continuous improvement initiatives

What would you do if you had the data to prove your organization has the thinking skills needed to improve productivity and efficiency?

Would you increase production, risk expansion, grow your team, take on that extra project?

Then you need to assess the skills and personal characteristics of your team

  • Are there skills or personal characteristics you value and need to assess?
  • Are your employees motivated, professional, focused, honest and committed? 
  • Does your staff have the problem solving skills to follow through on policy changes?  
  • Do your managers have the problem analysis and quantitative reasoning skills required to evaluate alternatives?
  • Do your executives have the strong decision skills necessary to lead the company forward?

If you don’t have actionable metrics to answer these questions, Insight Business Professional provides objective measurements of 15 essential business skills and mindset characteristics

If the data shows values and cognitive skills your company needs, INSIGHT Development Program provides an online self-training a cost effective online training that can be integrated into your professional development and quality improvement programs.

When your employees are good thinkers, they make better decisions, fewer errors and they are more productive. That’s why businesses need to capture objective data on the thinking skills of job candidates and current employees.  They know that companies run more efficiently when they are staffed and lead by strong critical thinkers.

Insight Assessment provides validated test instruments to assess the thinking skills and motivation of employees at every stage of their career. Our easy to use objective thinking skills and mindset assessments are essential HR tools worldwide. We are committed to delivering comprehensive and meaningful data that can be easily disseminated and applied to assist our clients’ efforts to carry out specific continuous improvement plans. Spreadsheets of individual scores as well as analyzed group reports can be generated immediately upon data collection and later as needed. Our excellent support staff can assist you to design a data collection plan to accomplish your assessment goals. 

Thinking skills data strengthens continuous improvement initiatives

Identifying and building strong reasoning skills and a motivated thinking mindset must be an ongoing commitment. Impactful programs identify areas to improve employee effectiveness, focus on relevant skills, and provide demonstrable results.

Each INSIGHT tool can be used to gather comprehensive objective data for multiple initiatives. Our comprehensive results package delivers the informative metrics you need for:

An investment in the assessment and development of thinking skills is a cost effective way to promote quality improvements throughout your operations. 

It is essential that you have the best information available to guide the future of your institution. There is no substitute for an accurate assessment of the quality of new programs, the effectiveness of retention initiatives, and the demonstration of the attainment of performance-based outcomes.

INSIGHT Development Program delivers the most comprehensive, effective, and well-established training approach to strengthening employee decision-making and problem-solving available. INSIGHT Development Program integrates proven instructional modules that guide individuals toward the continued improvement of their reasoning using workplace examples, together with a valid assessment of thinking mindset attributes and reasoning skills.

Every day, in every industry, the quality and the sheer number of judgments that need to be made determines the effectiveness of individuals and teams. Now is the right time to initiate a testing program to identify strong thinkers. Contact us to get the data that works for you.

Learn more about how INSIGHT clients use our individual and group metrics to improve productivity  

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Your research in human cognition could be aided by the direct measurement of human reasoning skills and thinking mindset;  we invite you to review our product array.   Our mission at Insight Assessment is to improve human reasoning internationally. We are particularly proud of our role in supporting the work of leading researchers.

Do strong reasoning skills or a thinking mindset protect someone from depression? Do they significantly predict wealth or good health? Do individual differences in reasoning ability and mindset influence reported findings in drug studies, investigations of memory or motor skills, studies on aging? If you are a cognitive researcher, you probably want to study and quantify this potential effect or control it in your next investigation. 

Many Insight Assessment customers have identified strength in reasoning skills and a thinking mindset as the characteristics they require in their key personnel, prefer in selective admission, hiring and training, and use to assign key leadership positions. 

Adding a measure of reasoning skills and mindset to a scientific investigation of human cognition allows you to control for individual differences that affect engagement of the problem, the ability to analyze and evaluate solution paths, and draw inferences as to potential gain, risk management, and options for problem resolution.

Insight Assessment provides test instruments calibrated to specific ages and ability ranges and benchmarked to the national population. Translations, developed through collaborative, culturally competent projects with colleague researchers around the world, make multilingual investigations possible. Comprehensive individual and group reports provide objective metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of key aspects of thinking.

Assumptions that all study participants can be treated as equals in cognitive research is a likely design flaw that can be easily remedied.   Valid and reliable measures, calibrated to your expected study sample, will control this variable and potentially offer new insights on the effects of this individual difference variable on your program of research.

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. Contact our representatives today for more information about Insight Assessment's support of research studies of human reasoning and decision making .  

Smart things are all the rage

Smart things are all the rage.  Smart phones. Smart TVs. Smart homes. Smart cars. Smart appliances. Smart wearables. Smart manufacturing.  Just enter the word smart plus a couple of random letters into your search engine and you’ll find millions of search suggestions.   So many that, in fact, "smart" doesn’t seem to have much meaning. 

Objects aren't smart, people are.

It’s innovative, creative and analytical people who develop smart things.

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Don’t settle for smart. Want innovation? Hire strong thinkers

Brains are the real power force in this world. We need strong thinkers being innovators in every profession. This includes teachers, professors, technology, entrepreneurs, small business owners, healthcare workers, customer service workers, even politicians. We need to value and cultivate strong thinkers who have the analytic skills.

Innovation skills start with critical thinking

Innovation is built on critical thinking skills.  Critical thinking is one of the most in demand job skills. It’s essential for innovation. Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset to drive ideas from concept to completion.  

Strong critical thinkers are skilled problem solvers, able to to evaluate options, anticipate risks and opportunities and create new ideas and products.

Strong critical thinkers are innovators who are intellectually curious, eager to explore new ideas, receptive to improvements and driven to persevere through failures. 

Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset who can learn from failures, analyzing problems to ensure the right lessons are learned and applied.

Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset who can learn from failures. They study problems to ensure the right lessons are learned and applied. 

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How to identify and develop employees with innovation skills

The first step is the objective assessment of thinking skills and mindset.

Insight Assessment specializes in providing the objective metrics needed to identify strong critical thinkers. Our test instruments provide informative individual and group reports on the strengths and weaknesses on 15 core competencies of good thinking and problem-solving.   Insight Assessment’s high quality, validated, multilingual thinking assessments are used globally because they are calibrated for wide range of business and HR needs. INSIGHT Development Program provides online, self- paced training modules so employees can improve their thinking and innovation skills.   Clients rely on our tools for hiring, professional development , outcomes improvement, curriculum development, and process improvement.

Do you want to build strong teams with the skills that drive innovation?  Contact us to discuss how thinking metrics can help you.

Do you know how many of your employees are good thinkers?

know your best thinkers

If you’re not assessing thinking abilities, then you’re guessingINSIGHT's group reports deliver the objective metrics on the overall reasoning and complex problem solving skills that will enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of teams, departments or divisions.

You need to understand how employees will think on the job.  Do they have strong problem solving skills? Do they have the analytical skills to evaluate risks and alternatives? Do they have the focus and drive necessary for innovation? Will they be motivated to reason through complex decision making processes? Will they be fast learners? INSIGHT reports these metrics.

INSIGHT Business Professional provides you with the tools you need to make staffing decisions based on the most important job qualification: does this candidate or employee have the thinking skills and motivation to get the job doneWithin minutes of the completion of the INSIGHT assessment, a printable report will be sent to you documenting the individual's strengths and areas for growth in 15 key thinking skill and mindset metrics.

Insight Assessment provides validated, objective measurements of the core thinking skills and reasoning mindset that make business operations run more smoothly. Our easy to use, online assessments give you the reliable analysis you need for hiring, promoting and future planning.

And the bonus: talent development . Training costs money and time for your organization, so invest in employees who can succeed. INSIGHT metrics include the data you need to strategically build strong teams throughout your organization. You can increase performance by identifying the best thinkers for leadership and promotion. Professional development programs can be targeted to improve specific areas of weakness in your staff.

Thinking and decision-making skills and a commitment to your company’s mission, vision and values are important considerations at every level of your organization. So why would you make a hire without assessing these metrics? Contact us; you don’t have to wait to start building teams of smart, strong thinkers.

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Strong thinking skills are in demand across the globe. If you want to prioritize the improvement of decision skills, Insight Assessment provides the high quality assessments, metrics, service and expertise required to measure thinking skills and mindset attributes. Our solutions set the standard:



  • Individual and group metrics about thinking skills or thinking mindset or both.
  • Individual reports specifying the strengths and weaknesses in key components of reasoning strength, delivered within minutes of test-taker completion.
  • Comprehensive data about group performance that include group descriptive scores and detailed analysis of overall group performance.
  • Comparison percentile scores are available for critical thinking skills tests 
  • Relevant, objective, presentation ready reports analyzing the test taker responses


  • Starting with our initial consultation on your testing goals, our testing specialists will work with you to optimize your results.
  • Assistance to integrate the inclusion of thinking skills and mindset and assessment into your HR procedures.
  • Test in English or over 20 additional languages  or a combination of languages using our high quality translations and multilingual online test taker interface options. We have high quality translations and multilingual online test taker interface options.
  • Test individuals or group(s) online, proctored, remotely, using our flexible test administration options to deliver data securely and efficiently 
  • Option of specialized demographic or survey questions  to manage and organize data
  • Provide HR with training tools for team development
  • Complimentary resources about the importance of improving thinking or training better reasoning


  • Identify individuals with strong critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills
  • Support hiring and placement commitments with objective metrics reporting the strength and weakness in the decision making skills and mindset of employees and job candidates
  • Inform student admissions and retention, curriculum evaluation, employee hiring, talent development, accreditation, training, research or non-profit work 
  • To enhance an existing assessment program or implement a new program.

If you need a complete thinking assessment solution: high quality tests calibrated for your test takers, quick and easy online start-up using our app based test system and ready to use comprehensive reports, contact us to see the power of our assessment results and the benefits of working with Insight Assessment.

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Insight Assessment is committed to Advancing Critical Thinking Worldwide

Insight Assessment is a global leader in the assessment of thinking skills and reasoning mindset.  We have earned this leading role because of our pioneering research about critical thinking measurement science. We have over 30 years of experience measuring thinking skills and mindset throughout the world. Our 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.

Insight Assessment is uniquely driven by our:

  • Dedication: to make sure your assessment program delivers the strong, relevant useful data clients need to meet their objectives
  • Commitment: to eliminate error due to distractions such as ESL or language issues of the test takers. 
  • Attention to detail: Multilingual user interfaces eliminate test taker confusion.
  • Superior quality: Strong assessments need equally strong culturally correct translations.

Whether you’re launching a critical thinking test program in one or more non-English speaking countries or you’re planning to assess multilingual individuals here in the USA, Insight Assessment is the high quality choice. When you choose Insight Assessment you get the value of:

High Quality Thinking Assessments:

  • We offer validated, proven and internationally recognized test instruments that are calibrated to measure the thinking skills and attributes of your test-takers.
  • International research by scholars and researchers documents the value of our test instruments.

Strong Validated Translations

  • We specialize in high quality culturally-appropriate translations of our copyright-protected, research-based tools. Each of our authorized translations is designed to match its English equivalent as a measurement tool and to be sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Our multicultural capabilities go beyond the basic language and include many country-specific variants, date formatting, number formatting, image selection, symbol selection and color selection.
  • Collaborations with international scholars who are native language speakers and using rigorous iterative translation procedures assure validity, reliability and cultural competence is achieved in the authorized translations

Language Flexibility

  • Not only are our test instruments available in multiple languages, our multilingual test interface provides the flexibility of selecting available languages for the test, interface and reports
  • 24/7, online encrypted delivery of many tests

Contact us to learn how your assessment programs for multicultural test-takers will benefit from Insight Assessment’s high quality translations.

Assessment, Accreditation, Admissions

Student success is not guaranteed once letters of acceptance go out. 

Admissions officers have a tough job. Each year they are responsible for identifying the best possible class of incoming students. They need to admit the students who are most likely to succeed in their coursework and to make a successful transition to student life. Wading through a confusing web of test scores, GPAs, recommendations, interviews, essays, etc. to identify promising candidates is an ongoing challenge.

Critical thinking skills are essential for student success

The ability to identify applicants who have the strongest critical thinking skills and the desire to apply those skills should be an essential component of individual admission decisions, placement and advising.

There is probably no more important predictor of college level success than strength of critical thinking skills. Strong reasoning skills and positive thinking habits of mind are vital to academic success in every discipline and major field of study. That’s why colleges and universities depend on  Insight Assessment test instruments for selective admissions, transfer placement and more. Our validated, easy to use critical thinking skills and thinking mindset assessments are essential academic tools worldwide.   

Each Insight Assessment tool can be used to gather comprehensive objective data for multiple initiatives:

Contact us to find out how Insight Assessment tools can provide data for all your thinking assessment needs from admissions through graduation.  Make sure your incoming class includes students ready to learn and succeed.

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Can you guarantee that you have the personnel to meet your company goals in 2019?

How often did your decision makers fail to meet your expectations in 2018? Were you disappointed by decisions they made, exposing you to risk of liability or setting back your progress? Your success comes down to the decision-making abilities of your personnel.

Strong thinkers deliver results and profits. Weak and lazy thinkers just cost you money and opportunities.

Thinking and decision-making skills and a commitment to your company’s mission, vision and values are important considerations at every level of your organization. 

So why would you make a hire without assessing these thinking metrics?

If you want exceptional strength in reasoning and decision making in your organization, now is the time to give your HR department the powerful assessment tools they need for hiring and professional development programs:  

  • INSIGHT Business Professional assesses the core critical thinking skills and personal mindset attributes prospective employees will bring to problem solving in their new jobs. INSIGHT Business Professional is a proven tool, developed through industry collaboration, and grounded in the sciences of measurement and human reasoning; it presents complex multi-layer job related situations that require test takers to make decisions about the next steps to resolve the dilemma.  Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in fifteen core components of decision making.
  • INSIGHT Development Program is a cost effective, validated self-paced program for improving decision skills and fostering a workplace culture of positive thinking mindset. Training modules can be offered as self-teaching or to supplement existing training programs.

Make 2019 a thinking year

Your success depends on it.  Now is the time to take concrete actions to improve the quality of decision-making in your company.  Your success depends on it.

Contact us to start building a staff that will maximize profits.

We can help you identify employees who have with the reasoning skills and mindset to drive current systems to the next level, the eagerness for relentless problem solving, and an eye to seize opportunities while managing risks. 

Good thinking is in demand. Download Critical Thinking Insight from your app store today:

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