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Critical thinking is the key to educational success throughout the world.

Research shows critical thinking enables and motivates children to learn. Students possessing strength in critical thinking are better equipped to solve problems, to understand and to integrate content material, and to achieve in school. And that achievement prepares them for tomorrow.  

EDUCATE INSIGHT is a comprehensive critical thinking assessment program for K-12 education.

Insight Assessment K-12 reasoning skills tests provide objective metrics on the strength and weaknesses of core components of student thinking skills including mathematical reasoning.  Our K-12 thinking mindset assessments document key thinking attributes such as learning orientation, creative problem solving and mental focus.

EDUCATE INSIGHT makes possible reliable long-term tracking of individual and group thinking performance metrics as students progress through grades K-12 and beyond. Comprehensive reports provide validated data for documenting learning outcomes achievement, for selective admissions and to inform teaching and learning.

Schools and academies of all kinds — independent, charter, public, private, international – depend Insight Assessment critical thinking test instruments to gather solid evidence on this key learning outcome.

Measure what matters: critical thinking skills and habits of mind

EDUCATE INSIGHT is designed to offer a full range of proven multilingual critical thinking test instruments which have been designed specifically to measure the core thinking skills and learning mindset of elementary and high school students.

Contact our client support team to discuss your assessment goals.

Measure what matters: the core critical thinking skills and mindset factors which research has shown enable and motivate children to learn.

EDUCATE INSIGHT K-12 reasoning skills tests provide objective metrics on these strength and weaknesses of core components of student thinking skills including mathematical reasoning:


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.


Interpretation is the process of discovering, determining, or assigning meaning.  Interpretation skills can be applied to anything, e.g. written messages, charts, diagrams, maps, graphs, memes, and verbal and non-verbal exchanges. People apply their interpretive skills to behaviors, events, and social interactions when deciding what they think something means in a given context.


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.


Explanation is the process of justifying what we have decided to do or what we have decided to believe.  People with strong explanation skills provide the evidence, methods, and considerations they actually relied on when making their judgment. Explanations can include our assumptions, reasons, values, and beliefs. Strong explanations enable others to understand and to evaluate our decisions.


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.


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.

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.


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

The following assessments are calibrated to measure the reasoning skills of K-12 students

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades K-2

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 3-5

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 6-8

EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 9-12

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete comprehensive measurement of whether students are ‘willing and able’ to think well, it is recommended that both skills and mindset attributes be measured.

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Nurture a Critical Thinking Mindset

Academic success is enhanced when we cultivate in students the five attributes needed to engage problems, to evaluate ideas, and to spot false promises.

These attributes form the “critical thinking mindset,” now recognized cross-culturally worldwide as the essential complement to critical thinking skills.

  • Mental Focus:  A desire to solve problems with organization and effort
  • Learning Orientation: Knowledge seeking, with a love of learning
  • Creative Problem-solving: The drive to solve problems innovatively
  • Cognitive Integrity: The effort to solve problems honestly and open-mindedly
  • Scholarly Rigor: Striving for deeper understanding when the learning task is difficult (Grades, 3-5 and Grades 6-12)

These EDUCATE INSIGHT assessments have been calibrated to measure the critical thinking attributes of K-12 students.  Motivation toward problem solving and learning are documented by objective metrics.

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete comprehensive measurement of whether students are ‘willing and able’ to think well, it is recommended that both skills and mindset attributes be measured.

Contact us today for more information or a complimentary project quote.

Comparison percentiles are available for:

For USA comparison percentiles, schools from different geographic regions are included, public and private, urban and rural, charters, both selective admissions schools and those that are working toward better performance. We use proportionate sampling to model the population to the best of our ability. A small number of exceptionally high performing schools are not used in this sample because their students are being assessed using other instruments that test well above grade level.

For information on comparison percentiles for International Baccalaureate schools or other regions outside the US, contact us.

Why Choose Insight Assessment for Education

Insight Assessment provides world-class reasoning skills testing, thinking mindset assessment, instructor and student learning resources, and highly responsive client support services to educational clients including universities, colleges, K-12 schools, and individual researchers.

We are dedicated to supplying the very best online instrumentation, client-specific data gathering capacity, report generation options, and professional development consulting services possible so that educators can accurately assess and successfully nurture in students a positive critical thinking mindset and strengthen their students’ critical thinking skills. 

Since 1986 we have assisted thousands of educational institutions, doctoral dissertation candidates, and grant-funded scholars to gather valid and reliable data for applicant selection, student retention, student success, program evaluation, educational effectiveness, faculty development, quality-improvement plans, educational research, and accreditation self-study purposes.

Insight Assessment Solutions Set the Standard:


World- leading critical thinking assessments and educational development tools

  • Well-established, valid, reliable, culturally sensitive measures of students’ critical thinking mindset dispositions and their critical thinking skills applicable across all academic fields of study.
  • Different tools specifically tailored and calibrated for each educational level: graduate, undergraduate, community college, and K-12 students at all levels.
  • Online delivery in as many as 30 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Currently available language options vary by the instrument selected for use.  
  • Engaging, self-development online critical thinking training modules and the Keys & Strategies Course Pack for high school, college, and adult learners.
  • A library of free instructional resources and research on critical thinking to support faculty development.
  • Deep discounts for non-profit educational institutions, NGOs, doctoral dissertation scholars, and researchers funded by external grants.

Relevant, immediate, and actionable score and analytics reporting

  •  Online reports package includes statistical and graphical presentations of aggregated group data and detailed “stats-ready” scores for each student assessed on each metric.
  • Client training in the use of our online report generation tool to enable authorized personnel to generate custom reports, aggregating and disaggregating data by school, discipline, classroom, or any of the custom questions that the client may have included.
  • Comprehensive group reports provide quantitative and qualitative scores on each metric assessed, applicable percentile benchmark of the overall critical thinking score, table of descriptive statistics for each metric, and presentation-ready color graphics displaying group performance on each metric.
  • Printable individual reports specify qualitative and quantitative scores, percentile score if relevant, and detailed descriptions of each metric to aid in understanding more fully the individual’s strengths and weakness in reasoning skills or dispositional mindset attributes.
  • Client’s choice of US or international comparison percentile group to rank each overall critical thinking score for organizational and individual benchmarking purposes. Available percentile benchmark selections vary by the instrument selected for use.

Superior assessment services

  •  Starting with an initial consultation to learn about your project, our experienced assessment specialists work with you on instrument selection and administration strategies that can best support your project.
  • We assist clients in adding client-specific custom questions to enable organizing, managing, and analyzing the critical thinking assessment data that they plan to collect with our secure encrypted data collection and fully customizable student profile options.
  • We demonstrate how easy it is to administer assessments even to very young students using our intuitive, browser-based, multilingual online testing system on almost any device: computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • We assist with privacy protection strategies, including, if needed, completely anonymous double-blind assessments.
  • Preview packages enable future clients to experience the intended assessment tool in exactly the same way their students would. Preview packs include access to the full user manual.A

Training and consulting services

  • Faculty development workshops focused on effective classroom strategies used to teach for critical thinking across the full spectrum of academic subject areas. Highly experienced academic workshop leaders with a track record of presenting engaging and effective faculty workshops at national conferences and on site.  
  • Institutional effectiveness consulting to assist with preparation for accreditation and outcomes assessment projects. Senior level consultants with solid academic resumes and many years of direct experience in higher education leadership positions.   
Need to expedite your project?  We can have your first online testing assignment available for your students within 24 hours. 

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