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Before you implement your critical thinking program make sure that the individual and group data reported will be objective, high impact and relevant.   

You’ve done the easy part:  You’ve realized that good thinking is critical to the success of your group/organization.  You’ve decided that you need reliable metrics to achieve your goal of improving the quality decision making and problem solving.

Now it’s time to make the most important decision:  how do you decide which assessment tool and company will efficiently deliver the high integrity data you need to meet your objectives?

Effective thinking and reasoning tests must:   

  • Measure and document a comprehensive view of the strengths and weaknesses of test takers’ thought processes. For a complete assessment of an individual’s thinking, it is essential to measure both skills and mindset .  Individuals can have the right skills but not the motivation to use them, so their mindset matters a lot.
  • Be calibrated for the intended test takers.  Assessments should be matched with the appropriate educational or job responsibility levels and, if possible, for the appropriate professional fields of the targeted test takers. Thinking assessments are not one-size-fits-all.
  • Support the language needs of your test takers. Language flexibility in the assessment instruments and in the test taker interface (TTI) can minimize the possibility that the measure of an individual’s thinking skills is affected by language ability Why good translations matter
  • Be user friendly.  Effective tests engage and challenge test takers with scenarios and situations relevant to their interests in a variety of formats.
  • Be firmly based on research in critical thinking, statistical analysis and measurement science.
  • Have a proven record of reliability and meet statistical requirements of validity. The strength of any test is determined by the validity of the questions and the quality of data gathered.
  • Deliver individual and group results in fast, detailed, readable and presentation ready reports which are calculated to assist decision-making.
  • Report strength and weaknesses of specific core components of decision making as well providing an overall metric
  • Provide the option of internal and external group norm percentile comparison
  • Include secure, encrypted app based interface available 24-7, easily administered at single or multiple sites, at test centers or independently to groups and to individuals.
  • Be supported by high quality client service starting from an informed consultation on test selection and logistics through delivery and analysis of results

Keep these criteria in mind as you analyze and evaluate test tools and companies.   Be thoughtful about choosing your thinking assessments.  Be sure you’re choosing the best.

All Insight Assessment solutions meet these criteria. We set the standard for objective, validated group and individual analytics on the strength and weakness of core components of thinking skills and mindset.  Insight Assessment offers a uniquely comprehensive array of test instruments calibrated specifically for educational, professional, business, health care, defense and legal uses. Our metrics are used and applied in 50 states and 60 countries in over 30 languages. Reports and analytics provide accurate measurements of essential  individual skills and mindset attributes. Group reports display aggregated statistics and bar-charts on each metric. Flexible administration options are available globally 24/7.  Results are delivered within minutes of completion of the assessment.

INSIGHT Development Program includes the use of our proven test instruments with the critical thinking training modules that can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.

Contact us to design an assessment program that matches your goals, intended test takers and reporting needs. Get the data you need for admissions, accreditation, outcomes assessment, hiring, training, program evaluation, research and all other projects that require good thinking.

How to improve 7 attributes of a positive critical thinking mindset through practice

Cultivating a Critical Thinking Mindset, Part 3. 

The cultivation of a positive critical thinking mindset is both easier and yet more difficult than one might at first believe. Here are specific recommendations about ways to exercise the seven positive thinking attributes discussed in Part 2 of this series. Strong critical thinking skills depend on a strong critical thinking mindset. These recommendations should be practiced daily.

Putting the Positive Critical Thinking Mindset into Practice

  • Truth-seeking – Ask courageous and probing questions. Think deeply about the reasons and evidence for and against a given decision you must make. Pick one or two of your own most cherished beliefs, and ask yourself what reasons and what evidence there are for and against those beliefs.
  • Open-mindedness – Listen patiently to someone who is offering opinions with which you do not agree. As you listen, show respect and tolerance toward the person offering the ideas. Show that you understand (not the same as “agree with”) the opinions being presented.
  • Analyticity – Identify an opportunity to consciously pause to ask yourself about all the foreseeable and likely consequences of a decision you are making. Ask yourself what that choice, whether it is large or small, will mean for your future life and behavior.
  • Systematicity – Focus on getting more organized. Make lists of your most urgent work, family and educational responsibilities, and your assignments. Make lists of the most important priorities and obligations as well. Compare the urgent with the important. Budget your time to take a systematic and methodical approach to fulfilling obligations.
  • Critical Thinking Confidence – Commit to resolve a challenging problem by reasoning it through. Embrace a question, problem, or issue that calls for a reasoned decision, and begin working on it yourself or in collaboration with others.
  • Inquisitiveness – Learn something new. Go out and seek information about any topic of interest, but not one that you must learn about for work, and let the world surprise you with its variety and complexity.
  • Judiciousness – Revisit a decision you made recently and consider whether it is still the right decision. See if any relevant new information has come to light. Ask if the results that had been anticipated are being realized. If warranted, revise the decision to better suit your new understanding of the state of affairs.

To learn more, you can find the entire essay Cultivating A Critical Thinking Mindset (Peter A. Facione, Carol A. Gittens and Noreen C. Facione) as well as the seminal essay Critical Thinking: What it is and Why it Counts in the Insight Assessment Resources library. 

We hope this series has been informative, helpful and has engaged you in reflecting on ways you can be a better critical thinker. We are passionate about the impact of growing, measuring and promoting good thinking worldwide.   Insight Assessment provides assessment programs validated research based tools such as the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory , which measures each of these seven critical thinking habits of mind and the  California Critical Thinking Skills Test which reports on overall thinking and five components of critical thinking skill. Contact us to discuss your assessment needs.

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Be sure you exercise your thinking skills today.  “A mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions” Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Cultivating a Critical Thinking Mindset Part 2.

A strong critical thinking mindset is the product of the interaction of key attributes and mental disciplines.  

Seven measurable critical thinking habits of mind:

Researchers have identified seven measurable aspects within the overall disposition toward critical thinking. Based on this research, we can describe someone who has all seven positive critical thinking habits of mind as a person who is:

  • Truth-seeking—meaning that the person has intellectual integrity and a courageous desire to actively strive for the best possible knowledge in any given situation. A truth-seeker asks probing questions and follows reasons and evidence wherever they lead, even if the results go against his or her cherished beliefs.
  • Open-minded—meaning that the person is tolerant of divergent views and sensitive to the possibility of his or her own possible biases. An open-minded person respects the right of others to have different opinions.
  • Analytical—meaning that the person is habitually alert to potential problems and vigilant in anticipating consequences and trying to foresee short-term and long-term outcomes of events, decisions, and actions. Another word to describe this habit of mind might be “foresightful.”
  • Systematic—meaning that the person consistently endeavors to take an organized and thorough approach to identifying and resolving problems. The systematic person is orderly, focused, persistent, and diligent in his or her approach to problem solving, learning, and inquiry
  • Confident in reasoning—meaning that the person is trustful of his or her own reasoning skills to yield good judgments. A person’s or a group’s confidence in their own critical thinking may or may not be warranted, which is another matter.
  • Inquisitive—meaning that the person habitually strives to be well informed, wants to know how things work, and seeks to learn new things about a wide range of topics, even if the immediate utility of knowing those things is not directly evident. The inquisitive person has a strong sense of intellectual curiosity.
  • Judicious—meaning that the person approaches problems with a sense that some are ill structured and some can have more than one plausible solution. The judicious person has the cognitive maturity to realize that many questions and issues are not black and white and that, at times, judgments must be made in contexts of uncertainty.

Internalizing critical thinking habits of mind

In Cultivating a Critical Thinking Mindset Part 1 you explored your disposition toward critical thinking by using the Critical Thinking Mindset Self-Rating Form. If you described yourself honestly, you have a rough idea if consistently apply critical thinking skills to problems, question, or issue is at hand.  

The good news is that it is possible to strengthen your critical thinking mindset.  Positive critical thinking habits of mind can be nurtured by internalizing the values that they embody and by reaffirming the intention each day to live by those values

  • Be Alert for Opportunities. Each day we should be watch for opportunities to make decisions and solve problems reflectively. Rather than just reacting, take some time each day to be as reflective and thoughtful as possible in addressing at least one of the many problems or decisions of the day.  10 Positive Examples of Critical Thinking.
  • For a thinking process to be successful, it must be done with the habits of mind that have been identified as supporting strength in critical thinking. To learn more, you can find the entire essay Cultivating A Critical Thinking Mindset (Peter A. Facione, Carol A. Gittens and Noreen C. Facione) in the Insight Assessment Resources library.
Critical thinking mindset attributes can be objectively measured.

Many educational and professional programs use Insight Assessment validated research based test instruments such as the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) , which reports on each of the seven critical thinking habits of mind and the  California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) which gives scores on overall thinking and 5 components of thinking skill.

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Cultivate seven positive attributes of a critical thinking mindset: Insight Assessment

Cultivating a Critical Thinking Mindset Part 1.

Having strong critical thinking skills is only half the equation. You can be skilled at thinking but if you don’t chose to apply those skills to learning and problem solving, the quality of your decisions suffer. Critical thinking mindset attributes lead to the consistent intention to apply critical thinking skills.

Do you have strong thinking habits of mind?

Here’s a self-rating form developed by researchers and authors, Peter A. Facione, Carol A. Gittens and Noreen C. Facione. This measure does not assess critical thinking skills. Instead you are asked to reflect on whether your own behavior over the past two days manifested a positive, ambivalent, or negative tendency toward engaging in thoughtful, reflective, and fair-minded judgments about what to believe or what to do.

Critical Thinking Mindset Self-Rating Form

Answer yes or no to each statement.

Can I name any specific instances over the past two days when I:

  1. was courageous enough to ask tough questions about some of my longest held and most cherished beliefs?
  2. backed away from questions that might undercut some of my longest held and most cherished beliefs?
  3. showed tolerance toward the beliefs, ideas, or opinions of someone with whom I disagreed?
  4. tried to find information to build up my side of an argument but not the other side?
  5. tried to think ahead and anticipate the consequences of various options?
  6. laughed at what other people said and made fun of their beliefs, values, opinion, or points of views?
  7. made a serious effort to be analytical about the foreseeable outcomes of my decisions?
  8. manipulated information to suit my own purposes?
  9. encouraged peers not to dismiss out of hand the opinions and ideas other people offered?
  10. acted with disregard for the possible adverse consequences of my choices?
  11. organized for myself a thoughtfully systematic approach to a question or issue?
  12. jumped in and tried to solve a problem without first thinking about how to approach it?
  13. approached a challenging problem with confidence that I could think it through?
  14. instead of working through a question for myself, took the easy way out and asked someone else for the answer?
  15. read a report, newspaper, or book chapter or watched the world news or a documentary just to learn something new?
  16. put zero effort into learning something new until I saw the immediate utility in doing so?
  17. showed how strong I was by being willing to honestly reconsider a decision?
  18. showed how strong I was by refusing to change my mind?
  19. attended to variations in circumstances, contexts, and situations in coming to a decision?
  20. refused to reconsider my position on an issue in light of differences in context, situations, or circumstances?
  • Give yourself 5 points for every “Yes” on odd numbered items and for every “No” on even numbered items. If your total is 70 or above, you are rating your disposition toward critical thinking over the past two days as generally positive. Scores of 50 or lower indicate a self-rating that is averse or hostile toward critical thinking over the past two days. Scores between 50 and 70 show that you would rate yourself as displaying an ambivalent or mixed overall disposition toward critical thinking over the past two days. 

This article is adapted with permission from  Cultivating A Critical Thinking Mindset (Peter A. Facione, Carol A. Gittens and Noreen C. Facione, Measured Reasons ). More resources, including  Characteristics of Strong Critical Thinkers can be found in the  Insight Assessment Resources library .

Insight Assessment provides validated research based multilingual tools such as the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) , which measures seven critical thinking habits of mind and the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) which gives scores on overall thinking and five components of thinking skill. We are proud of our uniquely comprehensive array of thinking skills and mindset assessments calibrated specifically for educational, professional, business, health care, defense and legal uses.

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INSIGHT: Strong Thinking Team

Successful teams possess the ability to come at a problem from myriad directions to determine the best course of action.  Projects rarely fail due to technical gaps since the gap is usually recognizable even if the solution is complex.  

Many teams fail instead because elements of analytical thinking are missing from the group.

For example: 

  • If the team is risk averse, they may be reluctant to determine the solution that has the strongest likelihood of success, given information at hand  INSIGHT measures problem-solving in contexts of risks, ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • If the team lacks leadership, INSIGHT provides metrics to choose the right leader.
  • If the team is not detail oriented, it may lead to failure to correctly identify the significance and complexity of critical data elements. INSIGHT measures strength in problem analysis.
  • If the team is not a team, the perspectives and opinions of some team members may not be considered in the analysis of optimal solutions.  INSIGHT measures tolerance and professionalism.
  • If the team is close minded, they may fail to seek out innovation and system changes, settling on familiar solutions too soon. INSIGHT measures adaptability.
  • If the team is not inspired, they will flounder without individuals communicating enthusiasm and inspiring the team members to give their best. INSIGHT measures motivation and commitment.
  • If the team has weak thinking skills and lacks the drive to find solutions to problems, they cannot succeed.   INSIGHT Development Program provides a suite of training modules designed to improve essential critical thinking skills and mindset that characterize effective team members.
  • If the team lacks confidence, INSIGHT Development Program can give them ideas on how to approach the issues and build confidence.
  • INSIGHT Development Program includes assessment metrics that show team progress in strengthening key workplace skills.

Bottom line: the team fails to meet the goal. The team did not include the skills needed to contribute constructively to team problem solving and decision making.

Insight Assessment provides the tools your company needs to build effective teams.

INSIGHT Business is an array of assessment tools specifically designed to provide the metrics needed to create teams of people able to learn their jobs quickly and to perform successfully in situations requiring complex problem solving.  INSIGHT Development Program can be optionally integrated within your training program or implemented as a new tool INSIGHT delivers objective, reliable, statistically valid metrics about specific strengths and weaknesses in 5 essential thinking skills and 10 associated thinking mindsets that drive optimally productive and collaborative groups.

  • Many of our customers are assembling the team for critical projects only after assessing thinking skills and assuring that all aspects of analysis and a positive thinking mindset are present. Another approach is to assess the team post assembly to assure that the thinking skills and mindsets are sufficient to be successful. 
  • Some of our clients have even supplemented the team where necessary to optimize team performance.
  • Most clients include skills development options to strengthen areas of weakness.

Effective teams think well together.  Don't let your teams be limited by poor reasoning skills.  Contact us to start building your dream team using INSIGHT individual and group reports.

Strong reasoning skills and thinking mindset are needed for decision strength. Insight Assessment

When presented with a tough decision, the way you think through the problem and assess available options is significant. Are these strategies part of your decision making process?

  1. Pre-edit
    • Define the problem in some manner or other. 
    • Identify and list decision-critical factors.
  2. Identify a promising option   
    • Search until you find an option that is good enough.
  3. Test the promising option against others
    • Ask yourself if that option is no worse than any other
  4. Structure the dominance of the “to be chosen” option
    • Marshal your facts and reasons to support the option you are preparing to choose.

With any of these decision-making patterns, you risk renegotiating the factors, redefining the problem, exaggerating the virtues of our preferred option, or magnifying the defects of all other possible options.

The decision process can becomes flawed we when we move, more or less quickly, through a process that includes sorting through options. By discarding the implausible ones, identifying one or more promising options, evaluating it or them on the basis of our decision-critical criteria, and selecting the option we come to judge to be superior,  we may not re-examine our assumptions or question our prior decision even when we should.  And we tend to dismiss the counter-evidence unless it is forceful not only in its content but in its psychological impact or if we begin to see the potential for severely adverse consequences. 

The challenge is always, how to avoid locking-in decisions prematurely. Fortunately decision skills can be improved through training and practice. Here are some practical Strategies to Avoid Locking in Decisions Prematurely.

Insight Assessment offers many other complimentary practical tools and Resources that support the training, development and assessment of decision making skills and the thinking mindset.

With specializations in business, healthcare, law, defense and education, INSIGHT provides the optimal combination of organization-specific skills and attribute testing , test quality, value, scoring and support service.  Discuss your project by phone with one of our client support specialists or senior assessment consultants.

Question Asking Skills: A Leadership Training Tool

Success in leadership positions requires strong decision-making skills.

Asking clear and relevant questions is an essential leadership skill because effective decision-making depends on the ability to get optimal answers to strategic questions.

Decision-makers must be able to make judgements based on conflicting or incomplete data involving internal or external challenges. Decision making quality in unfamiliar and uncertain problem situations depends on getting the information needed for optimal solutions.  

Building questioning skills is an important part of training thinking skills.

Crucial question asking skills can and must be improved through practice.

The Insight Assessment complimentary resource, Question Asking Skills:  A Leadership Training Tool  provides a list of focused questions trainers can use to stimulate the skills needed to acquire important information, identify unspoken assumptions, clarify issues and explore options.  

As trainees integrate this question asking strategy into their thinking processes, they will be able to improve core thinking and decision making skills. This list includes questions for each of these components of decision making:

  • Interpretation
  • Analysis
  • Inference
  • Evaluation
  • Explanation
  • Self-Regulation

Talent development training benefits by a practical focus on strengthening the quality of decision-making.

Trainers: Download Question Asking Skills: A Leadership Training Tool so that you can apply this technique to strengthen the training strategies you currently use to improve thinking skills and mindset in your trainee and student groups.

Assessment: Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive array of objective, validated  business thinking assessment tools that report individual and group diagnostics of overall strengths and weakness that can be used to guide the development of educational efforts to address the needs of personnel. Comprehensive personal reports provide insights for to individual trainees, highlighting reasoning strengths and identifying areas for improvement.

Improving employee decision-making skills: The self-paced online modules of INSIGHT Development Program target improving  core thinking skills and mindset attributes that are required for effective leadership and workplace success. Also included are INSIGHT assessments which  provide objective measurements of employee strengths and weaknesses in 15 key cognitive skills and personal mindset attributes .  The cost effective, validated program can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative. The flexible structure lets employees work independently, controlling time on task, pace and progress. 

If you are interested in additional strategies for teaching and training reasoning skills, check out the many complimentary Teaching and Training Resources offered by Insight Assessment including:

Explore our website for practical training resources and our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

Contact us to discuss your development program goals and needs.

Histogram showing CCTST Critical Thinking Skills Overall Strong and Weak Score Distribution

SACS QEPs should focus on competencies that can bring lifelong value to students and energize a campus community.

Developing strong critical thinking in students is a challenging goal widely embraced by education stakeholders at every level, including employers, policy makers and faculty.  Here are some suggestions from the Insight Assessment researchers for addressing SACS Comprehensive Standard 3.5.1 by creating a College-Level General Education Critical Thinking Competency. 

Key considerations when creating a QEP competency: 

  • Identify a goal that has clear value: Whether students are training for careers in science, the arts, humanities, or training into one of the professions, they must be adept at problem identification and analysis and have the skills and attributes to make well justified decisions.
  • Get to the heart of the issue: Start with a clear definition of the goal ( APA Delphi Consensus definition of Critical Thinking , endorsed by the Penn State University survey of educators, government agencies and businesses).
  • Establish collaborative effort: Invite all members of the campus community to describe how they currently contribute to achieving this learning goal in their students. 
  • Identify a focus for enhancement that will fit to your campus culture: Build on and advance through dedicated support one or more of the current efforts to build critical thinking OR develop a new focus for critical thinking based on well-established approaches to practice critical thinking in established courses, campus life projects, internships, community action, or other educational structures. 
  • Fit the measurement plan to your campus resource base: Whether yours is a residential or online college or university, assessment of your students’ critical thinking can be accomplished efficiently and cost effectively with valid and reliable measures designed for your student group .
  • Specify realistic goals : Whether you plan to study one small group of students as they move through your program or instead plan to move your graduating groups to higher performance against a national norm benchmark, reachable incremental goals will be the expected outcome of your campus focus on critical thinking.
  • Bring timely feedback on assessment results to your campus: Maintaining an energized effort toward the enhancement plan requires the delivery of easily interpretable results to all those involved in the effort.  Evidence of your progress can be available to you within minutes of completing your testing when your assessment plan includes the online administration of Insight Assessment test instruments Tests. 

To see a sample SAC QEP Critical Thinking Competencies for General Education prepared by Insight Assessment.

Critical Thinking:  A Measurable Outcome for SACS QEPs

Not part of SACS?  Insight Assessment provides support for MSCHE , NEASC-CIHE , NWCCU , HLC , SACS and WASC conference institutions.

Make sure your critical thinking Quality Enhancement Plan initiative ensures integrity and accuracy in data gathering and results reporting. 

All Insight Assessment test instruments come with assured  validity and reliability . Our  flexible test administration options allows you to tailor your assessment design to the needs of your campus and students. 

Contact us to discuss your assessment plan today.

 

Insight Assessment critical thinking tests available in Arabic, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish & Vietnamese translations

Thinking assessments should be in the test taker’s one’s native language. We believe in testing thinking—not testing English as a second language (ESL) skills. We live in a global multi-lingual world.  Ideas, curriculum, schools and businesses cross national and language boundaries. 

You should expect your thinking assessments to support the language needs of your test takers. Language must be a consideration when assigning a critical thinking test.  Students or workers may not be able to demonstrate their true reasoning skills if their language comprehension is inadequate to interpret the question and answer choices and to understand the question being asked.

Insight Assessment has crafted our multilingual assessments to minimize the possibility that the measure of an individual’s thinking skills is affected by language ability and comprehension.  Insight Assessment clients want the most accurate thinking skills and dispositions assessment; that’s why they choose the high quality, culturally appropriate translations of our comprehensive range of assessments .

Before you choose an assessment or a translation consider:

  • Are you measuring their thinking skills? Or are you measuring their English reading skills? Many clients use culturally appropriate translations of our thinking assessments to minimize the English as a second language (ESL) impact when assessing diverse groups of students.  These individuals are taking the same test (in different languages); therefore group results can still be used to compare and identify the strongest thinkers and teams.
  • Do all your test takers understand the assessment process? Other clients prefer to assess an individual’s performance in an English speaking workplace or learning environment.  They choose to use the English language version of the assessment.  Our flexible online testing interface allows for the use of combinations of languages for test, instructions and the login process.
  • Who needs the comprehensive data reported for each test taker and group?  Test-taker group and individual reports can be delivered in English or the appropriate language to maximize the impact of the results. Test taker results can be grouped as a whole or by the language in which the test was presented to the test taker.  Contact us to discuss your specific needs.
  • Who ensures the quality of the translations? Our clients need consistent metrics that permit the reliable comparison of group results when a test has been taken in multiple languages. Insight Assessment collaborates with international scholars who are native language speakers; rigorous iterative translation procedures are used to assure validity, reliability and cultural competence is achieved in the authorized translations. 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. Translations in more than 20 languages are used in over 60 countries.

Insight Assessment is committed to excellence and precision of thinking. Contact us to discuss how our language flexibility will strengthen your multicultural assessment program.

For more information about translations, assessments and our multilingual interface see: The International Measurement of Thinking

Data Files

Assessment results are only as good as the data you get and use. It's often easier to accumulate data than it is to be able to use it effectively. Don’t implement a critical thinking assessment program without making sure the individual and/or group data delivered will be objective high impact and relevant.  When you make your decision, consider these essential criteria:

  • Choose the right test: When thinking about measuring critical thinking, the first decision is what you need to assess: strength in thinking skills, the reasoning mindsets that motivate an individual to apply thinking skills, or both.   Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete assessment of a test taker's critical thinking, Insight Assessment recommends that both skills and mindset be measured.
    • The most informative assessments provide objective measurements of strengths and weaknesses on core component thinking skills or attributes in addition to an overall score.
  • Know your test takers: Accurate measurement of critical thinking skills requires that the test be calibrated to fit the likely skill range of the planned test taker group. Effective assessments engage and challenge test takers with scenarios and situations relevant to their grade level or professional interests in a variety of formats.
    • To perform well on a critical thinking test, the test taker must be able to read the question scenario and the answer choices, and to understand the question being asked. Some aspects of this process involve critical thinking skills of interpretation and analysis.  It is important that reading issues are not significant barriers for the test taker.
    • Language is also a consideration when assigning a critical thinking test.  Students or workers who are using other than their native language may have difficulty demonstrating their true critical thinking skill if their language comprehension is inadequate to understand the question being asked.
  • Data needs context: The relevance of asessment data is maximized when you are able to relate the scores of your individual test-takers or entire group to appropriate comparison groups. Norm referenced scoring provides powerful metrics to evaluate the relative strength of the performance of test takers.  Test scores without comparison percentiles are essentially one dimensional; while you are able to compare individual test scores to other members of your group, you are not able to determine the relative strength of the group in comparison to others in the population. 
    • Reviewers, such as accrediting bodies, recognize the benefits of external benchmarking and often require this evidence as an indicator of organizational effectiveness or as documentation for self-studies          
  • Optimize data accessibility: Data needs to be available in formats suitable for your purposes.  Both individual and group reports should provide relevant data that can be analyzed to provide benefits at the individual test taker level or at program level. 
    • Avoid dilution of key indicators. Be sure you are collecting data in a targeted way by defining questions or groupings that allow you to compile data to solve challenges. Look for a test system that permits aggregation and re-aggregation of test taker scores to extract maximum insights.  

Contact us today. Our assessment specialists will help you you capture high impact and relevant critical thinking data using our validated test instruments , flexible online administration and superior reporting system.   

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