Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST)

Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST)

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The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) evaluates the reasoning skills of business students in college-level, master and doctorate degree professional programs. No business knowledge is required, but topics are set in familiar business-related contexts.


“Getting the Problem Right” and “Reasoning Correctly to an Optimal Decision” is a high impact business thinking process. A business major’s strength in critical thinking is predictive of both future employee effectiveness and career success.

Business students (and seasoned business professionals) must be able to apply knowledge in areas such as accounting, finance, economics, IT, marketing and management to analyze problems, and to formulate and evaluate business decisions and solutions.

Critical thinking is at the very heart of this undertaking.

The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test is a case-based reasoning skills assessment, specifically designed to evaluate the critical thinking skills of business education students. and working professionals.

  • Only the best problem solvers will enable companies to succeed in today’s global market, so employees and graduates with strong critical thinking skills are in demand throughout the world. The BCTST is used to assess an individual’s reasoning skills and to secure a thinking skills score as an element in a comprehensive admissions application process.
  • The BCTST is used in educational settings for learning outcomes assessment and to gather program evaluation, accreditation and research data at the Business baccalaureate and graduate level.

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The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) provides an objective measure of the core reasoning skills required for reflective problem-solving and decision-making in business and workplace settings. The BCTST was developed and field-tested to introduce problems utilizing business-relevant topics, including data formatted in charts and graphs.  The result is a test that broadly represents the reasoning ability required to be a skillful critical thinker in business.

  • The difficulty level of the BCTST makes this instrument appropriate for testing the critical thinking skills of persons aspiring to careers in business management and leadership as well as individuals prepared for baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.
  • Using mini-cases and vignettes drawn from common business and workplace situations, test items range in difficulty and complexity.
  • The BCTST is administered in 50 to 60 minutes.

Scales Reported

Good critical thinking results in a competitive advantage over less skilled critical thinkers.  Scores reported on the BCTST include: Overall Reasoning Skills as well as Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Induction, Deduction, and Numeracy. These scores can be benchmarked against appropriate comparison groups.  

Business Critical Thinking Skills Test Administration

Insight Assessment’s app-based assessment tools are easily administered 24/7 via our secure, encrypted, online, multi-lingual interface. Assessments are available over a wide array of major platforms, while offering a single single user-friendly interface to mobile or non-mobile users. Additionally, an in-app tutorial makes it simple to administer the for those unfamiliar with the BCTST.

Recommended Companion Assessments

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind (a positive critical thinking mindset, also known as a lifelong learning mindset).

For a complete assessment of a test taker’s critical thinking, it is recommended that both skills and disposition should be measured. Using a companion assessment results in a full measurement of whether a test-taker is “willing and able” to think well.

It is highly recommended that the Business Critical Thinking Skills Test be taken in conjunction with the Business Attribute Inventory (BAI) or the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI). Our client relations specialists will help you determine the optimal disposition metric for your objective.

Critical Thinking Online Training

Next steps?  The BCTST reveals higher education applicants who are proficient along with those requiring further development in critical thinking skills.  The Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking Course Pack is available for students requiring intervention to gain this necessary competency for study and the future of work.  In addition to 20 modules, proven to build their critical thinking skills and their lifelong learning mindset to apply those skills, a post-course assessment is included to measure both individual and group improvement.

The BCTST returns scores on these scales: Analysis, Evaluation, Inference, Deduction, Induction, Overall Reasoning Skills and Numeracy.

BCTST Scale Descriptions


Reasoning Skills Overall

The Reasoning Skills Overall score describes overall strength in using reasoning to form reflective judgments about what to believe or what to do. To score well overall, the test taker must excel in the sustained, focused and integrated application of core thinking skills measured on this test, including analysis, interpretation, inference, evaluation, explanation, induction and deduction. The Overall score predicts the capacity for success in educational or workplace settings which demand reasoned decision making and thoughtful problem solving.


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.


Inference skills enable us to draw conclusions from reasons, evidence, observations, experiences, or our values and beliefs.  Using Inference, we can predict the most likely consequences of the options we may be considering. Inference enables us to see the logical consequences of the assumptions we may be making. Sound inferences rely on accurate information. People with strong inference skills draw logical or highly reliable conclusions using all forms of analogical, probabilistic, empirical, and mathematical reasoning.


Evaluative reasoning skills enable us to assess the credibility of sources of information and the claims they make.  We use these skills to determine the strength or weakness of arguments.  Applying evaluation skills we can judge the quality of analyses, interpretations, explanations, inferences, options, opinions, beliefs, ideas, proposals, and decisions.  Strong explanation skills can support high-quality evaluation by providing the evidence, reasons, methods, criteria, or assumptions behind the claims made and the conclusions reached. 


Inductive reasoning relies on estimating likely outcomes. Decision making in contexts of uncertainty relies on inductive reasoning. Inductive decisions can be based on analogies, case studies, prior experience, statistical analyses, simulations, hypotheticals, trusted testimony, and the patterns we may recognize in a set of events, experiences, symptoms or behaviors. Inductive reasoning always leaves open the possibility, however remote, that a highly probable conclusion might be mistaken. Although it does not yield certainty, inductive reasoning can provide a solid basis for confidence in our conclusions and a reasonable basis for action.


Deductive reasoning is rigorously logical and clear cut. Deductive skills are used whenever we determine the precise logical consequences of a given set of rules, conditions, beliefs, values, policies, principles, procedures, or terminology. Deductive reasoning is deciding what to believe or what to do in precisely defined contexts that rely on strict rules and logic.  Deductive validity results in a conclusion which absolutely cannot be false, if the assumptions or premises from which we started all are true. Deductive validity leaves no room for uncertainty. That is, unless we decide to change the very meanings of our words or the grammar of our language.


Numeracy refers to the ability to make judgments based on quantitative information in a variety of contexts. People with strong numeracy can describe how quantitative information is gathered, manipulated, and represented textually, verbally, and visually in graphs, charts, tables and diagrams. Numeracy requires all the core critical thinking skills. Numeracy includes being thoughtfully reflective while interpreting the meaning of information expressed in charts, graphs, or text formats, analyzing those elements, drawing accurate inferences from that information, and explaining and evaluating how those conclusions were reached. 

Comparison Percentiles for the BCTST

  • Top Tier Business Schools
  • Undergraduate Business Students
  • AACSB Undergraduate Business Programs
  • ACBSP Undergraduate Business Programs
  • Graduate Business Programs
  • AACSB Graduate Business Programs

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

The BCTST 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 BCTST measures and reports on an array of reasoning skill scale scores: Overall Reasoning Skills, Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Induction, Deduction and Numeracy.

Insight Assessment clients depend on the comprehensive data and analysis in a BCTST report to provide the insights needed to achieve their assessment goals.  Clients are currently using individual data for professional development, student or intern 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: Insight Assessment Reports and Analytics

To see a Sample BCTST Individual Report


Some of the current authorized translations of the Business Critical Thinking Skills Test are listed below. Insight Assessment is constantly working on expanding the multilingual capabilities of our products.  If you do not see what you are specifically looking for, please contact us to determine if it is available.

  • Arabic

  • Chinese Simplified

  • Chinese Traditional

  • English

  • Spanish

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.

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