Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory (MDCTI)

MDCTI Overview

In 2013 critical thinking was specifically identified as one of the six Desired Leadership Attributes for officers (CJCS CM-0166-13) and in 2015 critical thinking was included in the DLAs for enlisted (CJCSI 1805.01B). The development of critical thinking skills and mindset attributes has become a priority for PME. And, it makes the objective assessment of those skills and attributes a necessity.  The MDCTI was developed in response to the growing realization, even before the memoranda from the CJCS, that effective leadership and problem solving required the very skills and attributes that comprise strong critical thinking.

The science of learning assessment tells us that the valid and objective measurement of skills and mindset attributes demands questions that engage a person’s reasoning skills and address the person’s values, intentions, and beliefs. Working with the advice and support of leaders and experts, civilian and military, retired and active, of the US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Army, US Navy and Joint Special Operations, the MDCTI was built upon that assessment science. This two-part instrument targets core critical thinking skills and key personal attributes associated with successfully engaging complex and novel problems and making thoughtful decisions about what to believe and what to do.

MDCTI Reports on Skills and Mindset Scale Scores

Together the sixteen scales on the MDCTI provide a comprehensive profile of the core reasoning skills, reasoning habits of mind, and style of the test taker.

Because these skills and mental disciplines can be strengthened and refined with training and practice, the MDCTI can be used in educational programs to aid in evaluating candidates, predicting success, measuring progress, evaluating programs, summarizing gains, and benchmarking.

Assessment Format

The topics used in the MDCTI questions are military and defense related; however, the questions themselves target thinking, rather than content knowledge. The mindset items use the familiar agree-disagree format. The skills questions are initiated with scenarios of varying complexity across a range of topics. Sufficient information is presented to enable the test-taker to reason to the best answer from among the choices provided.  Thus individuals with or without specific experience or training in those particular topic areas are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged.

Test Administration

The MDCTI is administered in 90 minutes either through our encrypted on-line testing system or in traditional paper-&-pencil format. Contact Insight Assessment for details. Individual scores and group scores are reported.

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