Business Attribute Inventory (BAI)

Business Attribute Inventory (BAI)

Business Attribute Inventory Measure what matters: Critical Thinking skills and mindset Sample CCTDI report histogram showing results on the Truth-seeking scale Brown paper background with a strip of paper torn to reveal the words PREVIEW
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The Business Attribute Inventory measures the desire and intention to use one’s critical thinking skills to identify, interpret and resolve workplace problems and issues.

BAI Purpose

When Hiring Smart Counts, Measure the Characteristics That Matter.

Employers need people who are both willing and able to think. The Business Attribute Inventory is intended for use with the general population of adults, including high school graduates, community and technical college students, and undergraduates.

  • The BAI is designed for the evaluation of the full spectrum of job candidates, from those applying for seasonal, temporary or part time positions to those seeking full time, long term or executive level positions.
  • Colleges, universities and training programs use BAI to ensure that students are developing the motivational attributes to use their critical thinking skills in the workplace.
  • Employers use the BAI to build workplace teams of smart people who are both willing and able to contribute to problem solving and increased productivity.

BAI Overview

Set in business contexts, the items on the BAI ask the test taker to indicate the degree to which they agree or disagree with statements expressing familiar opinions, beliefs, values, expectations and perceptions that relate to the reflective formation of reasoned judgments. Set in business contexts, the items use no technical vocabulary or critical thinking jargon.

The BAI can be administered in 25 minutes.

Scales Reported

Results on the BAI provide important information about a test taker’s dependability, job commitment, honesty, desire to work, willingness to learn, desire to think, workplace flexibility, professionalism, desire to work, and workplace tolerance.  These professional attributes are key indicators of high performance in working professionals or prospective students and employees.

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of testing options. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 with our multilingual delivery options. Our browser or app based online system provides the option of taking our assessments on virtually any device.

The test-taker’s online interface is easy to use, data encrypted and flexible. Tests can be assigned to be taken within any window of time which meets the client’s needs. Each test is scored as soon as the test-taker submits responses to the items on the test.

Tests are available any time any where, whether directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individual devices.

Recommended Companion Assessments

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete assessment of a test taker’s critical thinking, it is recommended that test takers be assessed on both skills and dispositions. Companion assessment measures result in a comprehensive measurement of whether a test taker is ‘willing and able’ to think well.

We recommend that the Business Attributes Inventory be taken in conjunction with the Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) or the Business Reasoning Test (BRT).

The Business Attribute Inventory provides measurements of  9 vital workplace attributes:


The Dependability Scale addresses motivation to complete assigned tasks and take pride in the accomplishment of work assignments. It speaks to the sense of responsibility one feels to coworkers or to do one’s part.  Higher scores show a strong work ethic and attention to the demands of an assignment. Dependability is significant when an individual’s absence can have a negative ripple effect on the success of a project or team. 

Job Commitment

The Job Commitment scale differentiates between someone who is more oriented toward the company, its people and its mission, versus someone whose goals are more self-focused. High scores indicate feelings of loyalty to one’s workplace and its goals and ideals. Low scores indicate that this sense of commitment to the company was not manifested. Commitment to the company can be vital when assignments are essential to the organization, highly detailed, or if the function is repetitive. 


The Honesty Scale addresses the inclination to respect other people’s property, follow rules, keep promises, and speak truthfully.  Higher scores indicate trustworthiness and appreciation of honesty in communication and behavior. Honesty is very important for placement in higher risk or unsupervised positions. 

Desire to Work

The Desire to Work Scale addresses eagerness to work and one’s sense of pride and self-worth derived from working. Strong desire to work is a positive reference to potential employment longevity. Higher scores indicate someone who tends to focus their energy on their work and to define themselves by the work they do. One’s desire to work speaks broadly to one’s own expected level of engagement and productivity. 

Desire to Learn

The Desire to Learn Scale addresses the appreciation of continuous development and the need to retool in light of changing work responsibilities. As the workplace grows or changes, one can either aid in the transition or resist the personal impact of change, which inhibits institutional benefit. Higher scores indicate someone who is eager to learn new processes, new systems and new procedures. A willingness to learn is essential for positions where specific knowledge must be gained on the job. 

Desire to Think

The Desire to Think Scale addresses the thoughtful engagement of problems. The desire to think is valued by businesses that expect all employees to contribute constructively to the resolution of customer and workplace problems. Higher scores indicate that someone sees the value of thinking things through before making decisions, which is particularly essential in roles in which one is responsible for managing change, product development or competitive threat. 

Workplace Flexibility

The Workplace Flexibility Scale addresses adaptability to changing workplace situations and demands. Reaching solutions demands openness and willingness to adjust expectations. Higher scores on this scale indicate someone who is resilient and welcoming toward workplace requirements for change and for the application of new or different skills. Flexibility is highly valued in fast-paced or fluid environments. 


This scale addresses the approach to social interactions in the workplace. Higher scores indicate the tendency to limit socializing to that which is necessary to get the job done and to take an appropriate and professional approach to social interactions at work. Professionalism is vital to maintaining a proper focus on work responsibilities, facilitating collaboration, and providing positive leadership.

Workplace Tolerance

The Workplace Tolerance Scale addresses respect for diversity in the workplace, including respect for varied perspectives and alternative opinions and solutions. Higher scores indicate respect for people independent of such factors as age, gender, and sexual orientation. Tolerance is valuable in all settings, but most important when functions require interaction with clients, customers, suppliers, colleagues or coworkers from broadly diverse demographic backgrounds.

The BAI has been designed to deliver high quality objective metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of key aspects of thinking. 

BAI 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 BAI measures and reports on an array of mental disciplines: Honesty, Professionalism, Thinking Style, Dependability, Commitment, Desire to Work, Willingness to Learn, Flexibility, and Tolerance.

Insight Assessment clients depend on the comprehensive data and analysis in a BAI report to provide the insights needed to achieve their assessment goals.  Clients are currently using individual data for professional development, student or in placement, hiring, advising, competency training. Group data is being used for new cohort assessment, outcomes assessment, demonstrating the quality of an educational or training program, demonstrating group proficiency, staff development, admissions and more.

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.

As a qualified purchaser, 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 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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