How to Choose a Thinking Assessment

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Get the data you need

Before you implement your critical thinking program make sure that the individual and group data reported will be objective, high impact and relevant.

It’s time to make a critical decision: Which thinking assessment will help you meet your objectives?

You’ve already decided 3 important things:

  • Good thinking is critical to your organization’s success;
  • Thinking can and should be measured to improve performance;
  • You need high quality objective and affordable metrics so you can increase retention, improve productivity and reduce errors.

You’ve done the easy part.   Now it’s time to make the most important decision:  how do you decide which assessment tool and company will efficiently deliver the high integrity data you need to meet your objectives?

As you analyze and evaluate test tools and companies, don’t accept test instruments that can’t meet these criteria:

Effective thinking and reasoning assessments must:

  • Provide data which summarize a full picture of the strengths and weaknesses of test takers’ thought processes. It is essential to measure both skills and mindset.  Individuals can have the right skills but not the motivation to use them, so their mindset matters a lot.
  • Be calibrated for the intended test takers.  Assessments should be matched with the appropriate educational or job responsibility levels and, if possible, for the appropriate professional fields of the targeted test takers. Thinking assessments are not one-size-fits-all.
  • Deliver individual and group results in fast, detailed, readable and presentation ready reports which are calculated to assist decision-making.
  • Report strength and weaknesses of specific core components of decision making as well providing an overall metric.
  • Be firmly based on research in critical thinking, statistical analysis and measurement science.
  • Have a proven record of reliability and meet statistical requirements of validity. The strength of any test is determined by the validity of the questions and the quality of data gathered.
  • Provide the option of internal and external group norm percentile comparison
  • Be user friendly.  Effective tests engage and challenge test takers with scenarios and situations relevant to their interests in a variety of formats.
  • Support the language needs of your test takers. Language flexibility in the assessment instruments and in the test taker interface (TTI) can minimize the possibility that the measure of an individual’s thinking skills is affected by language abilityWhy good translations matter
  • Include secure, encrypted online interface available 24-7, easily administered at single or multiple sites, at test centers or independently to groups and to individuals.
  • Be supported by high quality client service starting from an informed consultation on test selection and logistics through delivery and analysis of results

Be sure you’re choosing the best assessment for your goals 

All Insight Assessment solutions meet these criteria. We set the standard for objective, validated group and individual analytics on the strength and weakness of core components of thinking skills and mindset.  Insight Assessment offers a uniquely comprehensive array of test instruments calibrated specifically for educational, professional, business, health care, defense and legal uses. Our metrics are used and applied in 50 states and 60 countries in over 30 languages. Reports and analytics provide accurate measurements of essential  individual skills and mindset attributes. Group reports display aggregated statistics and bar-charts on each metric. Flexible administration options are available globally 24/7.  Results are delivered within minutes of completion of the assessment.

INSIGHT Development Program includes the use of our proven test instruments with the critical thinking training modules that can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.

Our goal is to help you develop the optimal thinking improvement solution for your organization’s particular needs. A strong project plan is important for success. Our expert customer service team will work with you to answer your questions about training options, measurement design, instrument selection and product administration. Let us put together a free price quote for you.

Get the data you need for admissions, accreditation, outcomes assessment, hiring, training, program evaluation, research and all other projects that require good thinking.

Contact us today to design an assessment program that matches your goals, intended test takers and reporting needs.

 

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