Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory

Insight Assessment Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory (MDCTI)

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The Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory (MDCTI) is a higher education assessment which measures the thinking mindset, reasoning skills, and interaction styles of military personnel. The MDCTI is the instrument of choice for evaluating military leaders from senior enlisted through officer ranks and candidates being trained or recruited for those positions. An academic assessment tool, the MDCTI is used by military training programs, colleges, recruiters, and consultants for applicant and candidate screening and for individual talent development and team-focused professional development purposes.

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Higher Education

Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory (MDCTI) is calibrated for military leaders from senior enlisted through officer ranks and people being recruited or trained for those leadership positions.


Administered online with a secure, user-friendly, multi-lingual, WCAG Level AA Compliant interface interface. 

Support Materials

User Manual includes all needed information about administering the assessment and interpreting the resulting individual and group scores.

Assessment Specs

90 minutes timed administration; 30 minutes allotted for 90 Likert-styler items and 60 minutes allotted for 35 engaging, military-setting scenario based reasoning skill evaluation questions.


Group graphics with statistical summary of scores; Excel spreadsheet of responses to all custom demographic questions, and all scores for each person tested. Optional individual score reports for administrators and/or test takers. Optional MDCTI debriefing document.

Results Reported

Metrics include scores for 8 critical skills, plus an OVERALL rating. Population percentile scores are available for benchmarking.


Mindset Attributes: 50-100 point scale; Interaction Style: 50-100 point scale range; Each critical thinking skill metric is scored on a 100-point scale. 


Available in English.


MDCTI provides 7 mindset attributes, 3 interaction-style characteristics, 5 cognitive skill scores to focus future development and training, and an OVERALL critical thinking skills score. Items are drawn from a scientifically developed and tested item pool.

7 Mindset Attributes

  • Communicative Confidence
  • Professional Confidence
  • Intellectual Integrity
  • Mental Focus
  • Mental Rigor
  • Foresight
  • Cognitive Maturity

3 Interaction Style Characteristics

  • Expression
  • Teamwork 
  • Directness

3 Interaction Style Characteristics

  • OVERALL Critical Thinking Skills
  • Analysis
  • Interpretation
  • Inference
  • Evaluation
  • Induction
  • Deduction


The Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory Report Package includes an individual test-taker report for each person assessed and group summary reports for each group and sub-group in the sample.

Reports are generated immediately after the conclusion of testing and are available for clients to download making real time assessment possible. Read more about how our customer support specialists work with clients to select their reporting options on our Services tab or contact us for a consultation.

Group Analytics

  • Excel spreadsheet files of all scores on all metrics. At the option of the client, these also include the responses to custom demographic questions added by the client to the assessment profile.

  • Presentation-ready tables and graphic representations of the score distribution for all metrics.

  • Customers who have added group custom demographic questions can generate sub-group level reports for these variables, or for specific testing sessions or time periods. 

Optional Individual Test-Taker Reports

  • Each mindset attribute is scored on a scale of 50 to 100 points, divided into three qualitative categories: Not Manifested, Inconsistently Manifested, or Strongly Manifested. 

  • The interaction style characteristic metrics are scored in a numeric range of 50 to 100. Scores at the extremes indicate consistent manifestation of that end of the style characteristic spectrum. Mid-range scores indicate situational awareness and manifestation of both aspects of that interaction characteristic.

  • Each reasoning skill metric is scored on a 100-point scale with corresponding qualitative ratings (Not Manifested, Moderate, Strong, and Superior).

  • The Individual Reports can be pushed as PDF files to an email address of the client’s choosing (for example, to an admissions office, a training officer, program director, recruiter, etc.)

  • The client controls whether individual reports are made available to the test-taker.  

Need to expedite your project?  We can have your first online testing assignment available for your students within 24 hours. Request a quote or get started by calling 650-697-5628 and speaking with one of our assessment specialists today.

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