Business Reasoning Test (BRT)

Business Reasoning Test (BRT)

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The Business Reasoning Test (BRT) is calibrated to measure the critical thinking skills required for entry level part time or temporary jobs and those required for full time business and professional positions. Items require no business knowledge but are set in business related contexts.

BRT Purpose

Hire SMART!  The Business Reasoning Test supports smart hiring, job placement, and performance evaluation.

  • In the workplace, the Business Reasoning Test is used to assess an individual’s reasoning skills to secure a thinking skills score as an element in a comprehensive employment application process. Employers use this highly efficient and cost-effective means to improve the quality of the pool of finalists and to make the best selections from among those who have applied.   Whether used with applicants for entry level part time or temporary jobs, or with candidates for full time long term employment, the BRT provides the potential employer with valuable information about core reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • In educational settings, the BRT is used for learning outcomes assessment, to gather program evaluation, accreditation and research data.

BRT Overview

The test can be given as a diagnostic test of reasoning potential of high school graduates, community college students or new staff. The difficulty range of the items also makes this instrument appropriate for testing the critical thinking skills of undergraduate students and mid-level business professionals.

Using case-based questions and common workplace scenarios, the BRT measures the critical thinking skills required in business and professional settings. The  questions are set in familiar business related contexts but no business knowledge is required. All information needed is provided in the question. The BRT is a multiple choice test that can be administered in 45 minutes.

Scales Reported

The Business Reasoning Test is an objective measure of the core reasoning skills needed for reflective decision making and problem solving in business and workplace settings. The BRT report includes an Overall Reasoning Skills score, and sub-scores on Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Induction and Deduction.

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 Assessment

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 BRT be taken in conjunction with the Business Attribute Inventory (BAI).

Each time an individual completes the BRT,  scores are reported on these scales: Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Induction, Deduction and Reasoning Skills Overall.

BRT 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. 


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.


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.

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

BRT 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 BRT measures and reports on the following array of reasoning skill scale scores:  Overall Reasoning Skills, Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Induction and Deduction. 

Insight Assessment clients depend on the comprehensive data and analysis in a BRT 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, 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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