Why Assess Quantitative Reasoning (Numeracy)
A person with strong numeracy skills can apply his or her knowledge of numbers, arithmetic, algebraic relationships, geometric relationships, and mathematical techniques to situations that require the interpretation or evaluation of quantitative information.
Numeracy is the ability to solve quantitative reasoning problems and to make well-reasoned judgments derived from quantitative information in a variety of contexts. More than being able to compute or calculate a solution to a mathematical equation, numeracy includes understanding how quantitative information is gathered, represented, and correctly interpreted using graphs, charts, tables and diagrams.
Strong numeracy skills distinguish successful business executives, managers, health care professionals, engineers, architects, scientists, real estate agents, sales professionals, financial analysts, and policy makers. Professionals in every field know that key decisions often depend on a thorough weighing of costs and benefits, accurate projections of likely outcomes, and the ability to interpret correctly the complex numerical relationships represented in tables, charts, graphs, blueprints, or diagrams.
Numeracy is for everyone. From political polling data to the stats on the sports pages, from the economic news about stocks and interest rates, to the impact on our lives of the price of gas and food, our lives are awash in numerical data. Numeracy is essential in our data-driven world, if one hopes to be successful in the workplace, to achieve academically, to be engaged citizens, and to make thoughtful and well supported decisions in any domain of life that admits of the relevance of quantitative information.
Children, adolescents and adults alike need to be able to think critically about the mathematical and numerical information that surrounds them in the media, on the Internet, in schools and workplaces, and in society at large. Dr. Carol Ann Gittens, points out “leading scholars and educators have consistently argued that numeracy rivals reading literacy and language fluency in its importance for learning and for life.” Dr. Gittens notes that “numerically literate individuals understand the social and pragmatic function of mathematics and have the ability to reason about mathematical information.”
The development of numeracy skills, like critical thinking skills, begins in childhood. Australia has identified numeracy as a national educational goal. In the United States, the Common Core Standards locates critical thinking about math as a central learning outcome at all grade levels.
Technical, mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills are in high demand today. Businesses and schools increasingly need data about the numeracy skills of students and candidates for admissions, hiring, cohort analysis, and evaluation of the effectiveness of training programs.
Given the central importance of numeracy, Insight Assessment is proud to offer a full suite of assessments that report scores on quantitative reasoning and critical thinking:
Assessments of critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills for use in education include:
- CCTST- Numeracy (CCTST-N) Critical Thinking and Numeracy for General Education
- HSRT-Numeracy (HSRT-N) Critical Thinking and Numeracy for Health Sciences and Healthcare Students
- BCTST-Numeracy (BCTST-N) Critical Thinking and Numeracy for Business Education
- TER-Numeracy (TER-N) Critical Thinking and Numeracy for Community College and Two-Year College Students
- CCTST MIB for grades 3-5
- CCTST M25 for grades 6-9
- Transfer and Re-Entry Adult Assessment (TRAA) : for college level transfer and re-entry students
INSIGHT assessments calibrated to measure thinking and quantitative reasoning skills for employees and job candidates include:
- INSIGHT Executive
- INSIGHT Business Professional
- INSIGHT Health Professional
- INSIGHT Law Professional
- INSIGHT Defense Professional
- INSIGHT Business Staff
- INSIGHT Health Staff
- INSIGHT Support
Insight Assessment reports provide comprehensive objective data about individual and group strength and weakness in multiple core aspects of strength in reasoning skills and mindset. Our assessments are used globally for admissions, accreditation, hiring and professional development.
Contact us to discuss how Insight Assessment can help you objectively measure quantitative reasoning and critical thinking skills online with a single instrument.