INSIGHT Defense Professional Metrics

Measure what matters: critical thinking skills and mindset

Target highly skilled individuals with the professional mindset and the critical thinking skills needed for leadership decision making and problem solving.

The metrics reported on INSIGHT Defense Professional have been rigorously calibrated to measure the professional mindset and reasoning skills.  Part 1 items invite agree-disagree responses to statement prompts engineered to target mindset attributes. Part 2 questions present complex, multi-layer situations. In order to respond successfully to the problems posed, individuals must apply their reasoning skills to the information provided and determine the best response from among those provided.  Based on responses to part 1 and part 2, we identify how the intensity of the various mindset factors with which test taker approaches problem situations and the strengths of the different reasoning skills that the test taker is able to apply.

Defense Professional Mindset – 10 Measures

  • Communicative Confidence
  • Professional Confidence
  • Peer Expression
  • Teamwork
  • Directness
  • Intellectual Integrity
  • Mental Focus
  • Mental Rigor
  • Foresight
  • Cognitive Maturity

Defense Professional Reasoning Skill  – Six Measures

  • OVERALL Reasoning Skill (Critical Thinking)
  • Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts
  • Reasoning in Precise Contexts
  • Problem Analysis
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Evaluative Reasoning


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