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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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It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Someone has to ask the hard questions, create clarity out of complex information and ambiguous situations—and then make the high stakes decisions required. Someone has to be the leader, driving the company forward.

Vision and decision strength start at the top. Leaders need to be strategists who can evaluate options, anticipate consequences, set priorities and determine the critical factors affecting the outcome of decisions. Effective leaders have strong analytical skills and the ability to energize an entire organization. 

Whether you’re an executive search firm looking for the best candidates to present to your clients or a search team looking for the right person to lead your company’s growth, you need the best tool to identify leaders with the strategic skills to lead in a complex world.  The metrics reported on  INSIGHT Executive , part of our complete line of professional tests , have been rigorously calibrated to identify how high stakes decisions are made and to measure the mindsets that make a leader effective.

INSIGHT Executive is not an easy test; it is designed to challenge the decision skills of members of the corporate leadership team.  To score well, the test taker must excel in the sustained, focused and integrated application of core reasoning skills. Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in 15 core components of leadership decision making.

  • INSIGHT Executive Part I assesses 10 mental mindsets such as maturity in judgment, tolerance, integrity and ability to motivate.
  • INSIGHT Executive Part II assesses 5 cognitive decision skills , using complex business scenarios that require individuals to make judgments based on conflicting or incomplete data involving internal or external challenges.

Our reports identify decision-makers who have the strategic skills to foster innovation and drive growth.

Contact us today to arrange a preview.  You don’t have to wait to add the power of an online assessment to your executive recruitment and development programs. INSIGHT assessments are available anywhere in the world with results in minutes.

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Assessment of thinking skills is an essential component of documenting student learning.  Many colleges and universities prioritize critical thinking student learning outcomes because they recognize that building critical thinking skills and mindset is key to student success . High quality validated group data like that reported by Insight Assessment test instruments is widely used for admissions, accreditation, curriculum evaluation and to improve student retention and success.

Universities and students collectively gain from institutional assessment commitments, but what’s in it for individual students?  More specifically, what can motivate students to give their best on the critical thinking learning outcome assessment?

Many Insight Assessment clients offer printable individual reports to students after the testing is completed.  Most people will make a greater effort on an assessment if they believe the result has personal relevance and might be useful to them. Students are often motivated to take our critical thinking assessments seriously because they see the personal value of good performance on these metrics.

Insight Assessment comprehensive individual reports document specific strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking skills or attributes. Numeric scores, categorical rankings and national percentile comparisons are reported for key components of critical thinking skills.  Descriptions are provided defining each element being measured and why it is important.

Students receive a personalized report showing learning and career related critical thinking skills, an affirmation of the quality of their own thinking ability, and the opportunity to benchmark themselves as compared to national percentiles for undergraduate or graduate students.  The objective analysis reported is highly relevant to students as they prepare for their future careers.  Learning about their personal performance is often a motivating factor for future effort at self-improvement.

Regardless of degree program, strong critical thinking predicts college success, professional licensure, job hire, and government service rank.

Insight Assessment excels at providing research-based critical thinking assessments designed specifically for undergraduates and graduate professional students .  Our critical thinking test instruments deliver objective, validated high quality individual and group data. The decision to give students their own individual thinking reports will increase the value and benefits of your institutional assessment program. Contact us to gert started.

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Every aspect of business deals with customers.  Whether your group’s customers are an internal team or the end customer, the attitudes of every employee affect sales success. There is no question in today’s economy that this level of quality is stressful. So every group needs to demonstrate tolerance and cooperation to enable sales and heighten customer satisfaction.

You need to be certain your staff, collectively and individually, is measurably tolerant in order to work through your customers’ problems. With today’s constraints it can be difficult to assess tolerance without crossing lines, but true employee assessment doesn’t have to be hard.  Results for  Tolerance and 14 other key thinking skills and attributes  are presented on Insight Assessment’s comprehensive reports.  For example:

  • Insight Assessment measures tolerance because effective employees demonstrate open-mindedness as well as respect for diversity, different perspectives, opinions and suggestions. Tolerance is valuable in all settings, but most important when functions require interaction with clients, customers, suppliers, colleagues or coworkers from broadly diverse demographic backgrounds.

You need objective actionable data delivered in a cost-effective way.  Take the stress out of employee assessment with INSIGHT effortless integration into your current human resource processes, easy online administration and results in your inbox within minutes. INSIGHT Business Professional individual reports provide metrics on the test-taker’s strengths and weaknesses in essential cognitive skills and mindset attributes required for high stakes decision making and problem solving.

Contact us to get validated data for your assessment needs from prescreening candidates to leadership development and program evaluation.

Have you exercized your critical thinking skills today?

“Exercising our critical thinking helps our minds become stronger, healthier, and more youthful. Our approach, proven successful by us and by others, is simple, practical, and focused. To strengthen critical thinking skills, we have to use them. To build positive critical thinking habits of mind, we have to see critical thinking as the optimal approach for solving real-world problems and making important decisions.

 “We all may have different beliefs, values, perspectives, and experiences influencing our problem solving and decision making. But we share the human capacity to be reflective, analytical, open-minded, and systematic about thinking through our problems and choices, so that we can make the best judgments possible about what to believe or what to do. That process of well-reasoned, reflective judgment is critical thinking.”

 “What more could we wish for one another than we all should seek to know the truth, walk in the light of well-trained reason, be courageous, have the intellectual integrity to stand strong, and that, no matter what our chronological age, that we should stay mentally forever young?”

                    Excerpted from the Preface to Think Critically , 2016, Facione & Gittens. Pearson Publishing

How can I improve my thinking abilities?

We all know people who are committed to rigorous regimens of exercise, diet and training programs. These individuals know their body will be stronger with exercise.   But how many of us know someone who takes a disciplined approach to improving their thinking skills and habits of mind? Yet like our muscles, our brain gets stronger with practice. Research shows that your brain grows stronger when you give it a workout by studying new information, learning new skills or reflecting on new experiences.

If you want to practice your skills or see the types of questions that might appear on a critical thinking test:

  • download the Insight Assessment app, Critical Thinking Insight . The comprehensive in app purchasable personal assessments deliver scores and individual analysis on key elements of your thinking. Specific suggestions for improvement help you interpret your scores and grow even stronger in each area covered by the personal assessment. These personal assessments are based on the employment and educational test instruments Insight Assessment provides to business, health care agencies, colleges & high schools around the world.
  • to gain an overview of critical thinking and how the skills and habits of mind go together in problem solving and decision making, we suggest the essay Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts”.   

Get your week off to a good start. Use your critical thinking skills; exercise them every day.

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Do you need to attract and retain new customers to your business? Are you looking for ways to make your brand stand out? Are your staff an asset or liability?

Are your employees making sure the business provides quality customer service?  Do you hire people who are focused on meeting customer needs? If not, you can’t expect to define a brand positively or plan on attracting new customers.

Prescreening employees with INSIGHT Business Staff enables you to identify employees who have the thinking skills and mindset to:

  • anticipate customer needs--from refilling water glasses to guiding product selection
  • analyze key elements of unexpected customer issues, evaluate options and problem solve creatively
  • learn about and understand products, policies and responsibilities
  • focus on the customer rather than on themselves or co-workers
  • be motivated to accomplish tasks
  • have the positive work ethic  to be welcoming, helpful and engaged with customers
  • be honest, dependable and committed to delivering quality service  
  • be able to work with numbers

It is possible to objectively measure these skills and mindsets using validated INSIGHT Business Staff online assessments. Comprehensive individual reports provide scores on 15 core components of thinking well .  

Retail and service businesses require more than cheerful employees; your business grows when you hire people who can think well and have a strong motivated work ethic.  Join the increasing numbers of businesses that are using validated INSIGHT online assessments to gather reliable data to prescreen new employees. Staffing decisions are better when they are founded on the objective relevant data delivered by Insight Assessment.

Contact us. In one working day you can bring INSIGHT to every level of your organization.

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Insight Assessment tools provide the high quality, validated critical thinking metrics needed to support admissions, student retention and learning outcomes assessment.

If assessing critical thinking skills or mindset is on your “to do” list, Insight Assessment offers the full-service solution you need. We are the world’s leader in critical thinking assessment, providing the highest quality instrumentation , the data gathering systems, the scoring and statistical analyses, and the individual and group report generation necessary to help you do your job. 

Colleges and universities in every state of the nation and many countries around the world use Insight Assessment tools for:

Insight Assessment puts the controls in your hands:

To support your faculty and students we offer complimentary teaching and learning materials to all of our critical thinking assessment clients. You and your colleagues are welcome to review and download publications on critical thinking and assessment from our website. 

It's easy to receive a price quote: contact a customer service agent through our Contact Us Request below or call (650) 697-5628 to talk with a knowledgeable representative.

 

Critical Thinking Assessments for Documenting Higher Ed Learning Gains
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The decision is up to you; you need to hire or promote an employee. You’ve gone through all the vetting steps for this position: resumes sorted, interviews completed, background checks and references checked. Now you’ve narrowed it down to two candidates having similar experience:

  • Candidate A has a degree from an excellent university, made the Dean’s List, and has worked in the industry for four years at two jobs. Candidate A interviewed well and seemed enthusiastic.
  • Candidate B also has a degree from an excellent college, also made the Dean’s List, and has worked at a competitor for five years, getting a promotion after a year. Candidate B had good questions and interviewed well.

Which candidate do you pick? Why?
How confident are you about this decision?
     What if you’re wrong?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had objective metrics on their reasoning ability?
If you had both candidates take the INSIGHT Business Professional thinking skills assessment, you would receive individual reports describing the key judgment skills required at this level of responsibility and accountability.

  • At first glance you would see that Candidate A has a rating of Strong for Overall Reasoning Skills. Candidate B demonstrated Moderate Overall Reasoning Skills. You know that the Overall Reasoning Skills score reflects the big picture of how the candidate uses reasoning skills to analyze complex job-related situations to anticipate and solve problems to reach company goals. INSIGHT Business Professional provides objective metrics on five additional key elements of thinking strength  that you can use to compare candidates' skills.   

Now what do you think about your options? Are you ready to make a final decision?
How confident are you about this decision?
     Which candidate would fit best in the work culture and team you envision?
     Wouldn’t it be helpful to have even more objective data before you make your final choice?

Wouldn’t measurements of key professional mindset attributes be valuable?

INSIGHT Business Professional objectively assesses whether individuals are motivated to apply their knowledge experience and skills to meet company goals.

  • You would see that Candidate A has a scored well on components of work ethic such as job commitment, honesty, tolerance, resourcefulness and openness to change. Candidate B scored poorly on these important indicators of work success. The candidates were asked to react to typical on-the-job dilemmas; the Business Professional report shows individual results for ten  essential business mindset attributes . You know that the higher scores indicate someone who is more likely to desire to learn and to work and, most importantly, is motivated to apply their reasoning skills to job related decisions. These insights are invaluable.

Now which candidate do you choose?
And how confident are you NOW about your decision?

If you have to hire 10, 50 or 1,000 employees,  INSIGHT  will make your job easier—and lead to better hires—because you need validated objective data to interview, hire and promote the best thinkers  in the pool.

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Have you used your critical thinking skills today?  Strong thinking is the common denominator of success throughout the world. Here are 12 quotes to inspire the development of strong thinking skills and mindset.

  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
  • "It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."  James Thurber 
  • "The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
  • "Begin challenging your own assumptions.  Your assumptions are your windows on the world.  Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” Alan Alda
  • “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Sherlock Holmes: The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  • "Few minds wear out; more rust out.” — Christian N. Bovee
  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel
  • There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them." Seth Godin
  • "A mind is like a parachute—it only works when it is open."  Frank Zappa
  • "A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."  Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” Brian Tracy
  • “The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”  Christopher Hitchens

Exercise your thinking skills today: read this free download of  “Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts” and follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT .

Are you looking for a good self-test of your thinking skills?   Download Critical Thinking Insight from your app store today.

Think for Success

You need to be sure your staff isn’t keeping your company from achieving your objectives.  Are they locked into fixed routines, plans and thought processes? Or do they have the problem solving skills and mental agility to identify opportunities for growth? If they don’t, you’re losing ground.

Business success is a moving target. The most successful businesses have to be at least one step ahead of their industry. They can't afford to stand still, waiting for the plan to produce projected results. They have to anticipate opportunities and always move forward.

As you consider resources needed to meet your commitments or objectives, you need to know that your employees can demonstrate a flexible mindset and strong problem solving skills. Flexibility is one of 15 decision skills and mindset attributes objectively assessed by INSIGHT Business Professional.

Our validated metrics identify individuals who demonstrate strength in the flexibility attribute. You’ll know who is:

  • motivated to stay ahead of changing needs
  • intellectually curious, eager to learn and apply new or different skills
  • willing to reassess & adapt plans to be responsive to changing workplace situations and demands
  • prepared to use core reasoning skills like problem analysis, evaluating alternatives, anticipate outcomes and identifying logical consequences of decisions

Comprehensive reports provide detailed analysis of individual strengths and weaknesses in the core components of strong decision making skills and mindset. INSIGHT Business Professional is an objective and reliable assessment tool that uses business contexts to challenge test takers to apply their critical thinking skills and habits of mind.

In your ongoing effort to respond to changes in market conditions and labor requirements, one thing never changes-- good thinkers are always in demand because they deliver results.   

Contact us to discover agile thinkers who won’t settle for the status quo because they are driven to succeed.

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