EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12

EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12

EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Assessments for grades 6-12 Thinking Skills and Mindset are essential for learning Sample report image showing group performance on Overall critical thinking Insight Assessment critical thinking tests available in Arabic, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish & Vietnamese translations
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EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 is calibrated to measure the degree to which older children and adolescents in middle and high school are cognitively engaged and mentally motivated toward intellectual activities.

Test Purpose

Educators know that the ability and the willingness to learn are interdependent.

At the middle school and high school level, an adolescent’s sense of identity as a learner is developing; students are required to assume more responsibility for their work, requiring stronger learning orientation, organization and systematicity. Critical thinking skills are increasingly related to standardized test success. If students aren’t motivated to do the work of learning, their progress will be limited.

Measurements of a student’s motivation to learn can provide important individual and group diagnostics:  Quick, easy to administer, EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 delivers results that are locally relevant immediately. Given at the beginning and/or end of the school year, reports can be used to:

  • Identify and provide reliable data about students needing more support or who are less learning orientedso that optimal individualized instruction and learning strategies can be developed.
  • Improve critical thinking outcomes: Evaluate the effectiveness of curricular programs, instructional approaches and educational materials in fostering critical thinking learning; Strategically scaffold learning outcomes by building on successes at earlier grade levels.
  • Provide objective group data on a class as learners so teachers can strategically plan curriculum and activities, incorporating how students learn as well as what they need to learn
  • Track development of mental motivation attributes : use of the EDUCATE INSIGHT series allows comparison of student development throughout elementary, middle and high school.
  • Assess effectiveness of enrichment programs: document the effectiveness and outcomes achievement of after school programs, tutors, community based programs, lifelong learning programs as well as educational programs for disadvantaged youth
  • Provide objective data for students and parents:  individualized reports can help students and their parents understand the child’s learning style and think about what is going to help them do better in school
  • Track development of mental motivation attributes : use of the EDUCATE INSIGHT series allows comparison of student development throughout elementary, middle and high school.

Test Overview

Science teacher explaining dissectionUniversally appropriate for a variety of school settings, including public, private, charter and independent schools, the EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 employs scenarios familiar and relevant to school activities and experiences.   Students are asked to agree or disagree with developmentally appropriate statements expressing familiar opinions, beliefs, values, expectations and perceptions related to the formation of reasoned judgments. Typically students will take about 20 minutes to complete the assessment.

Scale Scores Reported

Five attribute domains are measured by EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12:  Mental Focus, Learning Orientation, Creative Problem Solving, Cognitive Integrity and Scholarly Rigor.

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of testing options. Tests are available any time any where, whether directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individual devices. Our app based assessment tools are easily administered 24/7 via our secure, encrypted, online, multi-lingual interface over a wide array of major platforms while offering a single simple interface to mobile, or non-mobile users. An in-app tutorial makes it simple to administer the assessment.

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 both skills and dispositions be measured. Using companion assessments results in a comprehensive measurement of whether a test taker is ‘willing and able’ to think well. We recommend that the CM3 Level II+ be taken in conjunction with EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 6-8 or EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Grades 9-12.


EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 is a member of the EDUCATE INSIGHT comprehensive thinking assessment program for K-12 students.The metrics delivered by these thinking skills and mindset assessments provide relevant, objective input for teachers in the classroom, for school improvement and accreditation reports. Use of the EDUCATE INSIGHT series makes possible reliable multi-year tracking of individual and group performance statistics as students progress through K-12 education.  The EDUCATE INSIGHT series is specially designed for children ages K-12 from all areas and backgrounds.

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EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 measures the degree to which older children and adolescents in middle and high school are cognitively engaged and mentally motivated toward intellectual activities. Five important scale scores are reported:


Mental Focus 

Mental focus is the discipline or habit of being diligent, systematic, task-oriented, organized, and clear-headed.

  • A positive score on Mental Focus indicates a student who endeavors to stay on task and approach problems and learning in systematic, focused, organized, timely and clear-headed way. An ambivalent score is characteristic of those who approach problems and decisions in an orderly, systematic, focused and timely way on some occasions, but at other times do not. A negative score on Mental Focus is  characteristic of students who are more haphazard in their thinking, disorganized, unfocused or easily distracted.

Learning Orientation

The Learning Orientation scale measures the tendency or habit of seeking to increase one’s knowledge and skills; toward valuing the learning process as a means to accomplish mastery over a task; toward being interested in challenging activities; and toward using information seeking as a personal strategy when problem solving. 

  • A positive score on Learning Orientation indicates inquisitiveness and a desire to learn things.  Typically this student wants to engage in learning activities, values gathering relevant evidence, and recognizes the importance of giving reasons to support opinions. An ambivalent score is characteristic of students who tend to have inconsistent attitudes toward learning or studying as ways to solve problems, acquire skills, or achieve goals. At times putting effort toward learning makes sense to them, but at other times not. A negative score on Learning Orientation indicates hostility or aversion to learning. These students do not see studying or trying to learn something as a useful way to solve their problems or achieve their goals.

Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving is the habit or tendency of approaching problem solving with innovative or original ideas and solutions; toward feeling imaginative, ingenious, original and able to solve difficult problems; toward engaging in activities such as puzzles, games of strategy; and toward striving to understand the underlying function of objects.

  • A positive score on Creative Problem Solving indicates a student with intellectual curiosity, creativity, and a preference for challenging and complicated activities.  Such a person may be seen as imaginative, innovative, adaptable, ingenious, or artistic. This is characteristic of students who occasionally seek to contribute imaginative, creative or original ideas, but on other occasions are not inclined to do so.  At times they may seek to understand how things work, and at other times they may prefer not to bother putting effort toward knowing the why or how of things. A negative score on Creative Problem Solving indicates a student who habitually pulls away from trying to solve novel problems or contribute original thoughts. These persons have difficulty feeling imaginative, and they do not enjoy games or problem solving situations that demand tactical and strategic adaptation.

Cognitive Integrity

Cognitive integrity is the habit of interacting with differing viewpoints for the sake of learning the truth or reaching the best decision, it is the tendency to express strong intellectual curiosity and value fair-mindedness and sound reasoning. 

  • A positive score on Cognitive Integrity indicates a student who is motivated to use their thinking skills to solve problems, and who values courageous truth-seeking and open-mindedness even when dealing with complicated or difficult problems or issues. An ambivalent score is characteristic of students who are willing on occasion to let others express alternative ideas, but on other occasions are not so inclined.  These students can be indifferent toward learning, apathetic or only mildly interested in discovering the truth in order to make decisions. A negative score on Cognitive Integrity is a characteristic of individuals who exhibit closed-mindedness, intolerance toward the ideas or suggestions of others, bias, and desire not to learn new things or explore topics or ideas that might conflict with their preconceptions.

Scholarly Rigor

Scholarly Rigor is the habit of working hard to engage and to correctly interpret new material, it is the tendency to put forth the mental effort to achieve a deeper understanding of complex or abstract ideas and information.

  • A positive score on Scholarly Rigor indicates a person with the habit of putting forth effort to engage difficult material and to strive for deeper understanding. A person with this habit would not be put off by the need to read a difficult text or to analyze complicated situations or problems. An ambivalent score is characteristic of someone who occasionally is willing to put forth a serious scholarly effort, but on other occasions does not show that willingness or desire. Characteristically, this person may procrastinate rather than engage seriously in learning. A negative score on the Scholarly Rigor scale points toward the habitual tendency to avoid seeking new knowledge or examining new content in depth. This is characteristic of people who are inclined toward superficial interpretations and who avoid material that is complex or abstract.

All levels of the EDUCATE INSIGHT series have been designed to deliver high quality objective metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of key aspects of thinking. EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 measures and reports on an array of essential mental disciplines:  Mental Focus, Learning Orientation, Creative Problem Solving, Cognitive Integrity and Scholarly Rigor.

EDUCATE INSIGHT 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. Group aggregate data, spreadsheets showing each student’s scores, and separate reports for each individual student can be generated. Colorful graphics make it easy to understand how any group of students has performed. Test-taker scores and group summaries are presented with interpretative analysis by Insight Assessment measurement scientists.

The Assessment Report Package includes:

Insight Assessment individual report Individual test-taker analytics: 

  • an overall score of thinking ability (Overall Score)
  • a categorical interpretation of the strength of the Overall Score and scale scores
  • a norm-referenced percentile ranking (applicable to skills assessments only)
  • scale scores to indicate which of the skills areas are particularly strong and which are weaker and require training attention.

For customers who are testing groups:

  • Images from Insight Assessment Group Reportsdescriptive statistics and presentation ready graphic representation of the average Overall score and scale scores for the group
  • descriptive graphics and representations including size of the group, mean, median, standard deviation, standard error of the mean, lowest score, highest score, first quartile score and third quartile score.
  • descriptive statistics of the demographic characteristics of the test-taker group (if collected )
  • the average percentile of group as compared to a pre-selected external norm group (applicable to skills assessments only). For more information on norm-referenced scores.
  • Electronic data files spreadsheet with all scale scores and demographic responses

Test Manual which includes chapters on interpreting individual and group test-taker scores using our 4-Step Process.

Insight Assessment clients depend on the comprehensive data and analysis in EDUCATE INSIGHT reports to provide the insights needed to achieve their assessment goals.  Clients are currently using individual data for admissions, placement and to document achievement of learning outcomes. Group data is being used for new cohort assessment, outcomes assessment, demonstrating the quality of an educational 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.

Some of the current authorized translations of EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12 are listed below. Insight Assessment is constantly working on expanding the multilingual capabilities of our products. Please contact us to discuss the availability of these and other additional language options.

  • 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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