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Critical
Thinking
Assessment

Overview

The Critical Thinking Assessment is designed to assess critical thinking ability and to predict performance in fast-paced positions requiring high-level thinking and analysis. It measures a combination of critical thinking attitudes, knowledge, and skills. It is a comprehensive and globally applicable measure of a critical cluster of higher cognitive abilities that are closely associated with critical thinking. These traits and abilities have been found to be vital to success in a variety of roles and occupations. 

Critical thinking, a concept emerging from the fields of psychology and philosophy, refers to a rational response to questions that cannot be answered definitively due to the lack of information or the presence of contradictory evidence. It entails the in-depth exploration of a situation or problem to logically arrive at a hypothesis or conclusion that can be convincingly justified. In critical thinking, all assumptions are questioned, divergent views are sought, and conclusions are subsequently drawn (Kurfiss and Gainen, 1988; Lewis and Smith, 1993).

Critical thinking is considered to be a combination of skills, knowledge, and dispositions. Skills or abilities make up the cognitive aspect of critical thinking while dispositions reflect the affective component (Ennis, 1987). Some common dispositions include being open-minded, impartial, flexible and to question one’s own views, and suspend judgment. Research has stressed the importance of dispositions. An individual may possess thinking skills but may not be disposed to exhibit or leverage them (Nickerson, 1984; Norris, 1985; Sternberg, 1985; Ennis, 1987; Facione, 2015).

The need for assessing and honing critical thinking skills has accelerated as its impact on a variety of professional roles has become increasingly apparent. Several studies have found that those scoring high on critical thinking assessments performed better, enjoyed more success, and stayed at their organizations for a longer period of time. They also exhibited the ability to solve problems quickly and had higher levels of creativity, cognitive flexibility, and innovation. With its impact on such key facets and faculties of employees, the assessment of critical thinking has become the norm in modern day workplaces (Simpson and Courtney, 2002; Ejiogu et al., 2006; Zurmehly, 2008; Idol and Jones, 2010; Chartrand, Fife and Flander, 2013; Facione, 2015).

It requires a candidate to accurately analyze arguments in the information presented, identify the assumptions made and draw logically deduced conclusions. The Critical Thinking Assessment measures the critical thinking ability of the test takers across various roles at all job levels across industries. 

Use Cases

Hiring
Solution

Learning & Development

High-Potential Identification

Succession Planning

Test Description

The Critical Thinking Assessment consists of a situation in the form of a question, followed by four statements on either assumptions, arguments or conclusions. A candidate must identify which of the statements following the premise are assumptions made, which of the arguments are strong or weak and which conclusions are valid.

Testing Time

35-45 Minutes

Target Audience

Individual Contributors, First-time Managers, & Middle-level Managers

Difficulty Levels

Intermediate & Advanced depending upon the level of audience

Language

English + Other languages on request

Team

Our experts with I/O Psychology backgrounds follow guidelines of the BPS (British Psychological Society).

Model

The Critical Thinking Assessment draws upon the work of Watson Glaser, and Peter A. Facione Critical Thinking Model.

Traits Measured

A standardized list of traits is measured by the Critical Thinking Assessment.

Analyzing Arguments

Degree to which an individual analyzes different information objectively and accurately before making a decision.

Deducing Conclusions

Degree to which an individual analyzes a variety of diverse information to arrive at logical conclusions.

Identifying Assumptions

Degree to which an individual recognizes the stated and unstated assumptions in a given situation.

Rigour of Tool

Our tools come with robust reliability and validity standards and are based on validated scientific theories and practices.

Reliability assesses the extent to which variations in test scores reflect true differences in ability between people (on the construct being measured) rather than random errors in measurement.

The Critical Thinking Assessment has a reliability coefficient ranging from 0.64 to 0.73. The measure of reliability for this assessment was computed through the alternate forms method. Here, the sample is administered two or more forms of the same assessment at different times. The tests are identical in every way except for the actual items included. By correlating the scores obtained at each instance, a coefficient of equivalence is determined. This indicates the consistency of results among two or more different forms of a test.

Alternate forms reliability was chosen as it helps overcome the effects of practice, memory, habituation, and fatigue that may confound results in the testing and retesting process.

Validity assesses the degree to which a scale measures the construct that it claims to measure. The Critical Thinking Assessment has a concurrent validity coefficient ranging between 0.29 and 0.47. Concurrent validity measures how well a new test compares to a well-established test that assesses the same construct.

A sample was administered the Critical Thinking Assessment and Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal to measure the concurrent validity of the Jombay assessment. The Watson Glaser Assessment is a well-established measure of traits associated with critical thinking and higher cognition. Concurrent validity has been found to be a robust method of assessing validity and overcomes problems associated with limited access to future outcomes, which plagues other validity methods.

Norm groups are available for 3 levels - Junior, middle, and senior. Normed on a sample of 5000+ respondents across different geographies - India, USA, Europe and Southeast Asia (representative sample with different age, gender, job level, occupations)

Jombay is committed to ensuring that its tests are of the highest quality and rigor and developed to be unbiased and culture fair. All items in this assessment use simple language that is easily understandable, are gender neutral, and are comprehensively evaluated during the development process.
Jombay ensures that its products are not offensive or controversial, do not reinforce stereotypical views of any group, are free of racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, or other forms of bias, and are free of content believed to be inappropriate or derogatory towards any group.

Relevant For Industries

IT/ITeS

BFSI

Pharmaceutical

Manufacturing

FMCG

Hospitality

Retail

Customers who have experienced this tool

Why use Jombay’s Critical Thinking Assessment?

The Critical Thinking Assessment is widely used to measure a critical cluster of higher cognitive abilities that are closely associated with critical thinking. Given below are the various benefits of using the Critical Thinking Assessment.

Identify the ability of a candidate to think critically

Learn who does well at evaluating information and draws appropriate conclusions.

Bespoke Solutions

Customize the experience by adding employer branding and creating your own specific job profiles.

Modern candidate experience

Intuitive interface for both assessment takers and administrators.

Integrated reporting

Access the insights that matter most with our well designed reports.

Role Specific Insights

Pinpoint what’s crucial for success in specific roles.

Globally relevant

Available in different languages on request.

Strengthen hiring decisions

Determine an individual’s fit to your organization & create high impact team profiles.

Build your custom talent solution.
Through Jombay’s assessment technology platform, the Critical Thinking Assessment can easily be combined with other assessments, simulations and video interviewing tools to create a bespoke solution for your organization’s specific requirements.

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