Example Debriefing Doc – Academic Assessments – California Critical Thinking Skills Test

Your Score Report as a First Step To Improved Critical Thinking

The California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) is a research-based, discipline-neutral assessment
for undergraduate and graduate level students that is designed to objectively measure the core reasoning
skills needed for reflective decision making concerning what to believe or what to do. Score ranges and
training resources are shown below.


Critical thinking reasoning skills can be strengthened with effective and engaging
training, personal reflection and evaluation, and practice over time

reportsimage Qualitative Description of Scores
Not Manifested Weak Moderate Strong Superior
CCTST OVERALL Score and All Scale Scores (100-point Versions) 50 - 62 63 - 69 70 - 78 79 - 85 86 - 100

Superior: This result indicates critical thinking skill that is superior to the vast majority of test takers.
Strong: This result is consistent with the potential for academic success and career development.
Moderate: This result indicates the potential for challenges in reflective problem-solving and decision-making.
Weak: This result is predictive of difficulties in reflective problem-solving and decision-making.
Not Manifested: Consistent with low test-taker effort, cognitive fatigue, or possible reading/language issues.

Scale Short Description Recommended INSIGHT BASECAMP Training
CCTST OVERALL Sustained use of critical thinking to form reasoned judgments All Skill Builders; Deep Dives on Experiential, Axiomatic, and Comparative Reasoning
Analysis Accurate identification of the problem and decision-critical elements Skill Builders: Analysis and Interpretation Levels 1 & 2
Interpretation Discovering and determining significance and contextual meaning Skill Builders: Analysis and Interpretation Levels 1 & 2
Inference Drawing warranted and logical conclusions from reasons and evidence Skill Builders: Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts Level 1, Reasoning in Precise Contexts Levels 1
Evaluation Assessing credibility of claims and the strength of arguments Skill Builders: Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts Level 2, Reasoning in Precise Contexts Level 2.
Explanation Providing evidence, reasons, assumptions, or rationale for judgments & decisions Skill Builder: Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts Level 1; Deep Dives on Experiential, Axiomatic, and Comparative Reasoning
Induction Reasoned judgment in ambiguous, risky, and uncertain contexts Skill Builders: Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts Levels 1 & 2
Deduction Reasoned judgment in precisely defined, logically rigorous contexts Skill Builders: Reasoning in Precise Contexts Levels 1 & 2
Numeracy Sustained use of critical thinking skills in quantitative contexts Skill Builder: Analysis and Interpretation Level 2 – Numeric Communications and Graphics