Training for critical thinking has become an increasing focus for online educators.
Program quality demands identifying and enrolling the best possible students and then educating them to become the best professionals and graduates they can be. Admissions programs for Online, Hybrid and Distance Education schools are using Insight Assessment measurement tools to identify applicants who have the strongest critical thinking skills and the desire to apply those skills.These candidates have outstanding potential to learn and to achieve to the maximum their talent permits. Deans and faculty are using the critical thinking measurement tools offered by Insight Assessment, so that they can quickly and easily document the critical thinking of prospective or current undergraduate and graduate students. The data gathered with these tools are valuable for admissions purposes, educational research, accreditation, learning outcomes assessment, curricular development and program evaluation.
Insight Assessment Online Testing is ideal for the open “anytime anywhere” testing often associated with on-line instruction, continuing education and adult learning programs.
Tests can be taken in a computer lab with a test monitor present, or independently over the Internet. In both cases the test-taker’s on-line interface is easy to use, data encrypted, and flexible. Tests can be assigned to be taken within any window of time which meets the client’s needs. Each test is scored as soon as the test taker submits all of his or her responses to the items on the test. Insight Assessment’s web-based interface provides you, the client, with the electronic tools to make assignments of tests to your specific test takers, to manage your test-takers’ logins, to monitor testing progress, and to view and to download individual and group test results as they become available. As the client, you can decide whether your test takers will or will not receive their individual results. Online testing provides a greater ability for the client to insert demographic questions or to gather other needed information about your own test takers. Online test scoring is done electronically and data will be returned electronically.
Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive selection of critical test instruments that are calibrated to measure critical thinking thinking skills and dispositions of specific test takers. These test instruments include:
- The California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) is being used worldwide to provide valid, objective and reliable measures of the core reasoning and critical thinking skill of undergraduate and graduate students. The CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations.
- The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) measures test takers’ motivation to apply critical thinking skills in decision making and problem solving. The CCTDI is calibrated for use with the general adult population including workers and working professionals at all levels, and for students in grades 10 and above.
- The Test of Everyday Reasoning (TER): Widely used in 2 year colleges, the TER is designed to measure the critical thinking skills of test takers in secondary schools, the first two years of post secondary education or of adults of all ages in the general public.
Insight Assessment tests of critical thinking skills rely on case-based scenarios to provide objective, valid and reliable measures of these essential problem solving and decision making skills. Our cost-effective testing tools can be normed to comparable undergraduate or graduate programs. Assessment solutions are available through on-line testing or paper-and-pencil testing. Call us at 650-697-5628 to discuss your testing needs or to learn more about our products.