Schools of Dentistry Require CT Measurements

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Dental schools around the country are administering Insight Assessment critical thinking test instruments (the Health Sciences Reasoning Test, the California Critical Thinking Skills Test and the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory) to document the critical thinking skills of prospective or current students. These data support student admissions, student advising, professional accreditation, learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation and research.

Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive selection of critical test instruments that are calibrated to measure critical thinking thinking skills and dispositions of  specific test takers. These test instruments include:

  • The Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) is specifically designed for health sciences and health care professional preparation programs. 4-yr undergraduate and graduate school norms are available. Scores on this instrument have been found to predict successful professional licensure and high clinical performance ratings.
  • The California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) is being used worldwide to provide valid, objective and reliable measures of the core reasoning and critical thinking skill of undergraduate and graduate students. The CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations.
  • The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) measures test takers’ motivation to apply critical thinking skills in decision making and problem solving. The CCTDI is calibrated for use with the general adult population including workers and working professionals at all levels, and for students in grades 10 and above.

The attached research paper shows that the link between critical thinking and clinical reasoning is solid. Insight Assessment’s cost-effective tests of critical thinking skills rely on case-based scenarios to provide objective, valid and reliable measures of core problem solving and decision making skills. Used by government agencies, medical centers and hiring consultants to identify the strongest employment candidates, assessment solutions are available for on-line testing or paper-and-pencil testing.

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