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Support Student Success: Assess Thinking Skills

Student success depends on critical thinking skills & mindset - Insight Assessment

Being willing and able to think well, engaging important issues and resolving key problems, is vital for student academic success.

When thinking skills and mindset are well matched to the demands of the academic program, student retention and graduations rates rise, and students more successfully reach career and life goals. That's why educators are committed to helping students develop these critical thinking skills and habits of mind, and why educational resources are being dedicated to support teaching and learning centers and personalized advising programs.  

The reliable and objective data delivered in the Insight Assessment basic report package includes individual test taker reports as well as comprehensive group analytics. Our clients use individual student assessments to guide placement and learning support; they depend on the group metrics for the overall assessment of programs, curricula and to demonstrate the achievement of learning objectives.  

Insight Assessment individual student reports provide metrics that have multiple uses:

  • Personal Development Example: A measure of overall critical thinking skills, benchmarked against a national comparison group, helps the individual to make a realistic assessment of their strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking; individual skills assessment informs them about what types of thinking exercises will be most beneficial to them in particular. Insight Assessment’s online testing system provides clients with the option to provide individual assessment reports to test takers. Students (and often parents) find the analysis provided in the personal assessments valuable as they prepare for their future careers. Students at 2 and 4 year colleges and universities stand at the intersection of the academic and work life. An assessment of their thinking skills and mindset provides them with a valuable asset.
  • Selective Admissions and Student Placement – Example: Are your students ready for their educational experience? Research on effective teaching and learning and studies of successful transition or reentry to the workplace have demonstrated that learning experiences must be designed to challenge but not discourage the learner. If the training is too challenging, some candidates will hide their failures until errors become apparent. Scaffolding of new knowledge delivery and well-designed practice internships are proven methods for a successful professional transition if the candidate has the requisite critical thinking skills to perform in the work environment. A standard can be set as a criterion for the demonstration of readiness to enter internship or workplace environments.
  • Advising – Example: Many schools dedicate resources to create and maintain teaching and learning centers to help all students to succeed. Along with writing skills, reading skills and language comprehension, critical thinking is one of the central competencies that must be assessed to help advisors direct students in program and course selection.
  • Competency or Individual Proficiency Testing – Example: Training resources are scarce and often must be effectively directed only to those who require additional support. A threshold can be set to highlight acceptable strength in critical thinking for your program or industry. Individuals who fail to achieve the threshold will best benefit from attending training programs aimed at growing critical thinking skills.

Insight Assessment’s clients depend on our world-leading measurement instruments to evaluate critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills of students and program applicants.

Insight Assessment offers a robust set of critical thinking instruments designed for different populations of test-takers ranging in educational levels including 2 year colleges, 4 year colleges and universities, and professional programs.  Whether the assessment is focused on the general education requirements or the evaluation of the learning outcomes of a particular program or major, the high quality research-based critical thinking measurement tools, scoring support services and comprehensive national comparison percentiles offered by Insight Assessment provide great value. 

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of assessing the thinking skills of individuals or of groups.

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