A good critical thinking test is not going to be a test of factual knowledge about critical thinking.
Memorizing information and definitions is not the key. A good critical thinking test will engage you in using your critical thinking because critical thinking is a process. Achieving greater success with critical thinking requires practice. Regularly exercising your critical thinking skills builds strength.
A critical thinking skills test engages you with questions that require you to apply your skills.
Typically a critical thinking test will present some information or a scenario of some kind and then ask questions about it, but the questions will invite you to analyze or interpret the information presented, or to draw a reasonable conclusion based on that information. A critical thinking dispositions measure typically invites the person to agree or disagree with a series of statements.
- To build your critical thinking skills and positive habits of mind, work through a critical thinking text book. We highly recommend THINK Critically by Dr. Peter Facione, one of our test authors. You can purchase that book or one of the many other good critical thinking text books on the market from one of many other online book outlets such as Amazon.com.
- To gain an overview of critical thinking and how the skills and habits of mind go together in problem solving and decision making, we suggest the essay “Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts,” which you can download from our website.
- Here are some college level sample thinking skills questions and sample mindset attributes items from our Resources library.
- You can also download our free app, Critical Thinking Insight. Get started today with the free sample reasoning skills questions and sample reasoning mindset items. Then challenge yourself with the more comprehensive in app purchasable personal assessments for your self-evaluation and personal development. Reports deliver scores and personalized analysis on key elements of your thinking plus personalized suggestions on how to strengthen your thinking. If you have been assigned an Insight Assessment thinking test for school or work, reviewing the sample questions on the app will help you get comfortable with our testing system.
Critical thinking skills and mindset can be measured—and improved.
Be sure you exercise your thinking skills today. “A mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions” Oliver Wendell Holmes