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Transfer and Re-Entry Adult Assessment (TRAA)

Transfer and Re-Entry Adult Assessment (TRAA)

TRAA

The Transfer and Re-Entry Adult Assessment (TRAA) is a nationally normed assessment instrument that targets the specific reasoning skills and personal mindset known to be predictive of success as a college level transfer or adult re-entry student.

TRAA Purpose:

Transfer and adult re-entry students are a significant part of student applicant pools.  They bring value to their new schools, but can also present challenges for the admissions programs charged with accurately and fairly identifying the most promising prospects.  The TRAA is an assessment tool designed to verify transfer students have the skills to succeed in college level coursework. TRAA metrics are used to:

  • to strengthen the admissions process by incorporating objective measures specifically calibrated for transfer students
  • to complete transfer students’ portfolios by adding the assessment of mindset attributes associated with successful personal transitions and the thinking skills needed for learning readiness and personal development
  • to provide comprehensive individual reports to guide student advising and placement
  • to increase retention and graduation rates by identifying students in need of  early intervention and learning support programs.
  • for general admissions to cost-effectively include the assessment of both reasoning skills and mindset in a single instrument to support efforts to admit a strong entry cohort.

TRAA Overview:

Strong reasoning skills and positive thinking mindset are vital to success in every academic discipline and major field of study.  The Transfer and Re-Entry Adult Assessment provides objective meaningful measures to identify the students most ready to learn – those in need of learning support programs. 

The TRAA is a two-part discipline neutral tool that uses everyday scenarios to measure the strength of reasoning skills and the mindset required of successful learners and workers.  Test items range in difficulty and complexity. The Thinking Mindset measure typically takes 25 minutes.  The Reasoning Skills measure can be administered in approximately 55 minutes.

Scale Scores Reported:

The TRAA reports strengths and weaknesses on a comprehensive array of reasoning skills and mindset that are typical of successful learners who achieve their academic goals.

  • SECTION - 1 THINKING MINDSET provides numerical and qualitative scores for seven personal attributes highly valued by admissions officers in their evaluation of transfer or re-entry admissions applicants:  Motivation to Learn, Drive to Succeed, Judgment, Intellectual Integrity, Foresight, Resilience and Creativity
  • SECTION - 2 REASONING SKILLS provides numerical, qualitative and percentile ranking for TRAA Overall Reasoning Skills, plus numerical and qualitative scores on five specific skill breakouts: Analytical Reasoning, Evaluative Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reasoning in Uncertainty, and Reasoning with Precision.

Detailed individual and group reports can be transmitted automatically to the client admissions office.

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers a full service assessment solution, providing the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of flexible testing options including app and browser based online administration as well as the traditional paper and pencil method. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 on our multilingual delivery options.  An in-app tutorial makes navigation easy. Tests are available directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individuals. Clients are able to select and offer their test takers one or more of the testing methods which are suitable for their specific test environments and needs. Insight Assessment testing specialists will work directly with your in-house technology representative during set-up to ensure a smooth solution.

TRAA Scales

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The Transfer Re-Entry Adult Assessment (TRAA) measures the core critical thinking skills and mindset attributes that predict the success of college transfer students.

TRAA Thinking Mindset attributes reported:

Motivation to Learn : 

A person who is highly motivated to learn is eager to acquire the knowledge and skills required to master new subjects, processes, systems and procedures. This person is inquisitive and expects to continue learning as a means of responding to challenges and as satisfying in its own right.


Drive to Succeed: 

A person with the drive to succeed has goals and puts forth effort to reach those goals. The drive to succeed is a strong indicator of persistence, sustained effort, and accomplishing what one sets out to do. Whether they set their own tasks or are given tasks by others, people in whom this drive is strong feel the need to succeed.


Judgment: 

A person with judgment seeks multiple perspectives on any given idea or issue.  This person strives to avoid taking an "all-or-nothing" approach. When a decision is needed urgently, a person with good judgment will make a decision, but when there is more time the person with good judgment will give the matter fuller consideration.  A person with good judgment is willing to reconsider decisions if new information comes to light.


Intellectual Integrity: 

Intellectual integrity is the discipline of striving to be thorough and honest to learn the truth or to reach the best decision possible in a given situation. A person with intellectual integrity has a driving desire to follow reasons and evidence courageously wherever they may lead. Individuals who strongly manifest intellectual integrity value objectivity, evidence-based decision making, and the courageous, fair-minded, and complete pursuit of the best possible knowledge in any given situation


Foresight: 

Foresight is the habit of approaching problems with a view toward anticipating consequences and outcomes. A foresightful person values clarity and the accurate interpretation of complex problem situations. Individuals who strongly manifest foresight value getting the problem right, understanding the reasons pro and con, and projecting the likely outcomes of various options.


Resilience : 

A resilient person is adaptive when they encounter changing demands. They understand the value of flexibility when change is needed, and can easily envision a change in routine as an opportunity rather than a barrier to growth.


Creativity: 

Creativity as applied to thinking, learning, decision making, and problem solving is the tendency to approach topics, issues and ideas in an imaginative, ingenious, and original way.  The creative thinker engages problems with energy and enthusiasm, and seeks to explore new models while keeping goals in focus.


TRAA Reasoning Skills reported:

TRAA Overall Reasoning Skills: 

The TRAA Overall Reasoning Skills score describes overall strength in using reasoning to analyze, interpret, evaluate, integrate and comprehend information presented in texts and with charts and graphs. High TRAA Overall scores are attained by test takers who excel in the sustained, focused and integrated application of all the reasoning skills measured on TRAA.  The TRAA Overall score is the best indicator of a person’s intellectual capacity to achieve deep learning at the baccalaureate level and beyond.


Analytical Reasoning: 

Analytical skills are used to identify assumptions, reasons, themes, and the evidence used in making arguments or offering explanations. Analytical skills enable us to consider all the key elements in any given situation, and to determine how those elements relate to one another. People with strong analytical skills notice important patterns and details.  People use analysis to gather the most relevant information from spoken language, documents, signs, charts, graphs, and diagrams.


Evaluative Reasoning: 

Evaluative skills are used to assess the credibility of the claims people make or post, and to assess the quality of the reasoning people display when they make arguments or give explanations.  We can also apply our evaluation skills to assess the quality of many other elements that are important for good thinking, such as analyses, interpretations, explanations, inferences, options, opinions, beliefs, hypotheses, proposals, and decisions. People with strong evaluation skills can judge the quality of arguments and the credibility of speakers and writers.


Reasoning in Uncertainty: 

Reasoning well in contexts of uncertainty and ambiguity is critical for college level learners.  A strong score on this scale indicates excellence in the core reasoning skill of drawing well warranted justified inferences in situations involving probabilistic inductive reasoning, comparative this-is-like-that reasoning, empirical facts-up-to-theories reasoning, and in situations requiring value judgments.  Strengths in this domain enable the problem solver to find the solution that has the strongest likelihood of success, given the information at hand.


Reasoning with Precision: 

Reasoning in precise, tightly defined contexts requires strong analytical and inference skills in order to determine exact logical consequences given a specified set of assumptions or conditions.  Deductive reasoning plays a critical role when reasoning in precise contexts.  Strengths in this domain enable the problem solver to see the applications and the implications of information, assumptions, directives, policies, regulations and protocols.


Quantitative Reasoning: 

Quantitative reasoning (numeracy) refers to the ability to solve quantitative reasoning problems and to make well-reasoned judgments in a variety of quantitative contexts.  More than being able to compute a solution to a mathematical equation, numeracy includes the understanding of how quantitative information is gathered, manipulated, represented, and communicated verbally and visually, such as in texts, graphs, charts, tables and diagrams.


TRAA Reports

TRAA

The Transfer and Re-Entry Adult Assessment (TRAA) reports strengths and weaknesses on a comprehensive array of reasoning skills and mindset that are typical of successful learners who achieve their academic goals.

TRAA reports deliver individual and group results in a presentation ready format.   Each report includes a wide range of statistical and demographic information about individuals and/or test-taker groups. Test-taker scores and group summaries are presented with interpretative analysis by Insight Assessment measurement scientists.

  • The TRAA Thinking Mindset section provides numerical and qualitative scores for seven personal attributes highly valued by admissions officers in their evaluation of transfer or re-entry admissions applicants:  Motivation to Learn, Drive to Succeed, Judgment, Intellectual Integrity, Foresight, Resilience and Creativity
  • The TRAA Reasoning Skills section provides numerical, qualitative and percentile ranking for Overall Reasoning Skills, plus numerical and qualitative scores on five specific skill breakouts: Analytical Reasoning, Evaluative Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reasoning in Uncertainty, and Reasoning with Precision.

        The Assessment Report package includes: 

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    Individual test-taker analytics:
    • an overall score of thinking ability (Overall Score) 
    • a categorical interpretation of the strength of the Overall Score  and scale scores
    • a norm-referenced percentile ranking (applicable to skills assessments only)
    • scale scores to indicate which of the skills areas are particularly strong and which are weaker and require training attention.
    • test administrators control whether test-takers receive their individual results after testing
  • For customers who are testing groups:
    • descriptive statistics and presentation ready graphic representation of the average Overall score and scale scores for the group
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    • descriptive graphics and representations including  size of the group, mean, median, standard deviation, standard error of the mean, lowest score, highest score, first quartile score and third quartile score. See video about interpreting group report histograms
    • descriptive statistics of the demographic characteristics of the test-taker group (if collected )
    • the average percentile of  group as compared to a pre-selected external norm group (applicable to skills assessments only). For more information on norm-referenced scores
    • Electronic data files spreadsheet with all scale scores and demographic responses
  • Test Manual which includes chapters on interpreting individual and group test-taker scores using our 4-Step Process.

Insight Assessment clients depend on the comprehensive data and analysis in a TRAA report to provide the insights needed to achieve their assessment goals.  Clients can customize their results package with additional analyses, graphics and interpretative text discussing your scores in relationship to your particular goals and objectives. For further information, see Insight Assessment Reports and Analytics

TRAA Preview Pack

TRAA

As a qualified purchaser, if you are not familiar with the assessment instrument or the use of our online system, we offer the option of purchasing a preview of the assessment experience.  A preview provides you with one or more opportunities to view and experience the assessment from the perspective of the individual being assessed and to see the reporting options.  Your account representative will set up your preview of the instrument, delivered using our mobile app, on mobile devices or on computers. The preview includes the profile page, an example of the assessment itself, and an example of the individual report that will be provided at completion of the assessment.   

Each preview also includes a digital copy of the user manual and resource guide for the specific instrument you are viewing.  User manuals provide:

  • a brief description of each metric being assessed by the instrument  
  • a description of how to interpret both individual and group assessment results
  • a discussion of validity and reliability for the measures 
  • all necessary information about administration of the assessment
  • many additional resources that we hope you will find useful for designing your assessment project

 Contact us to order a preview now, or receive your preview when you place your first order for assessments.

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