Business Critical Thinking Skills Test
The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) measures all the core reasoning skills needed for reflective decision-making and provides valid and reliable data on critical thinking skills of individuals and of groups. The BCTST is an assessment of the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the Business profession. It is designed for use with undergraduate and graduate business students. It is available in many languages and its OVERALL skills score can be benchmarked using one of many optional percentile comparisons. Clients most commonly use the BCTST for admissions, advising and retention, studies of curriculum effectiveness, accreditation, and the documentation of student learning outcomes.
Domain: The BCTST assesses reasoning skills, independent of content knowledge. As a result, applicant scores can be directly compared to graduating students scores to determine cohort gains in critical thinking skills.
Population: BCTST is calibrated for undergraduate and graduate level business students.
Administration: Administer at any time, in any location with our user-friendly, encrypted, online, multi-lingual interface.
Support Materials: The User Manual includes all needed information about administering the assessment and interpreting the resulting individual and group scores.
Specs: 50 minutes timed administration; 35 engaging, scenario-based questions
Deliverables: Group graphics with statistical summary of scores; Excel spreadsheet of responses to all custom demographic questions, and all scores for each person tested. Optional individual score reports for administrators and/or test takers.
Results Reported with a brief statement of what each metric represents:
- OVERALL Critical Thinking Skills– Sustained use of critical thinking to form reasoned judgments
- Analysis – Accurate identification of the problem and decision-critical elements
- Inference – Drawing warranted and logical conclusions from reasons and evidence
- Evaluation – Assessing credibility of claims and the strength of arguments
- Induction – Reasoned judgment in ambiguous, risky, and uncertain contexts
- Deduction – Reasoned judgment in precisely defined, logically rigorous contexts
- Numeracy – Sustained use of critical thinking skills in quantitative contexts (quantitative reasoning)
Scoring: All of the BCTST metrics are on a 100-point scale with a corresponding qualitative rating (Superior, Strong, Moderate, Weak, Not Manifested).
Percentile Scores: Optional population comparison percentile scores (external validity criterion):
- Undergraduate Business Students
- AACSB Undergraduate Programs
- ACBSP Undergraduate Programs
- Top Tier Business Schools
- Graduate Business Programs
- AACSB Graduate Programs
Optional Custom Questions: At no additional cost clients can add up to ten client-specific custom descriptive demographic questions to the assessment profile to enable sub-group reports.
Culturally Competent Translations: English, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Portuguese, and Spanish languages.
License to Administer the CCTST: Sold globally exclusively to public and private educational institutions; DOE, NSF, NIH, RWJ and other grant-funded projects; higher education program evaluation consultants; doctoral dissertation scholars; and other government and agency level entities.
Comprehensive assessment support services are available to not-for-profit educational organizations, government agencies, NGOs, dissertation scholars, and funded research clients.
Starting with an initial consultation to learn about your project, our experienced assessment specialists support your project in multiple ways, all included with your purchase of account setup and assessment use licenses.
- Instrument selection: We help the client find the academic assessment instrument(s) which best fit the educational level and broad subject matter area of the individuals to be assessed.
- Administration strategies: Clients can keep test takers anonymous or use personal identifiers; sampling methods can measure an aggregated group profile without testing everyone.
- Privacy Protection: We assist the client with privacy protection strategies, including, if needed, completely anonymous double-blind assessments.
- Assessment logistics: We help clients assess program applicants onsite or remotely, gather pretest/post-test learning outcomes data, and generate individual or group logins.
- Introducing client-specific custom questions: Clients can enable organizing, managing, and analyzing the assessment data that they plan to collect by introducing up to ten client-designed demographic profile questions. We assist clients with this process.
- Client assessment administration setup: We orient the client to the use of their assessment administration interface by walking them through the processes of creating a testing assignment, including designating the start and end dates and choosing whether to display on-screen assessment results to the individual test-taker.
- Report Generation: We orient clients on the use of the online report generation tool that produces customized group reports, aggregating and disaggregating data by the demographic variables they have collected (e.g., Training group, admission cohort, school, program, or any other custom demographic data that the client may have included).
- 24/7/365 emergency technical support for our client testing administrators.
We demonstrate how easy it is to administer assessments even to very young students using our intuitive, browser-based, multilingual online testing system on almost any device: computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Preview Packs enable future clients to experience the intended assessment tool in exactly the same way it will be used in their planned project. The user manual and two logins are included.
BCTST score metrics: OVERALL Reasoning Skills (a holistic score for critical thinking skills), Analysis, Evaluation, Inference, Deduction, Induction and Numeracy (six cognitive skill scores to focus future development and training). Items are drawn from a scientifically developed and tested item pool.
OVERALL Reasoning Skills: The Reasoning Skills OVERALL score describes overall strength in using reasoning to form reflective judgments about what to believe or what to do. To score well overall, the test taker must excel in the sustained, focused, and integrated application of core thinking skills measured on this test, including analysis, interpretation, inference, evaluation, explanation, induction and deduction. The Overall score predicts the capacity for success in educational or workplace settings which demand reasoned decision making and thoughtful problem solving.
Analysis: Analytical skills are used to identify assumptions, reasons, themes, and the evidence used in making arguments or offering explanations. Analytical skills enable us to consider all the key elements in any given situation, and to determine how those elements relate to one another. People with strong analytical skills notice important patterns and details. People use analysis to gather the most relevant information from spoken language, documents, signs, charts, graphs, and diagrams.
Evaluation: Evaluative reasoning skills enable us to assess the credibility of sources of information and the claims they make. We use these skills to determine the strength or weakness of arguments. Applying evaluation skills we can judge the quality of analyses, interpretations, explanations, inferences, options, opinions, beliefs, ideas, proposals, and decisions. Strong explanation skills can support high-quality evaluation by providing the evidence, reasons, methods, criteria, or assumptions behind the claims made and the conclusions reached.
Inference: Inference skills enable us to draw conclusions from reasons, evidence, observations, experiences, or our values and beliefs. Using Inference, we can predict the most likely consequences of the options we may be considering. Inference enables us to see the logical consequences of the assumptions we may be making. Sound inferences rely on accurate information. People with strong inference skills draw logical or highly reliable conclusions using all forms of analogical, probabilistic, empirical, and mathematical reasoning.
Induction: Inductive reasoning relies on estimating likely outcomes. Decision making in contexts of uncertainty relies on inductive reasoning. Inductive decisions can be based on analogies, case studies, prior experience, statistical analyses, simulations, hypotheticals, trusted testimony, and the patterns we may recognize in a set of events, experiences, symptoms, or behaviors. Inductive reasoning always leaves open the possibility, however remote, that a highly probable conclusion might be mistaken. Although it does not yield certainty, inductive reasoning can provide a solid basis for confidence in our conclusions and a reasonable basis for action.
Deduction: Deductive reasoning is rigorously logical and clear cut. Deductive skills are used whenever we determine the precise logical consequences of a given set of rules, conditions, beliefs, values, policies, principles, procedures, or terminology. Deductive reasoning is deciding what to believe or what to do in precisely defined contexts that rely on strict rules and logic. Deductive validity results in a conclusion which absolutely cannot be false, if the assumptions or premises from which we started all are true. Deductive validity leaves no room for uncertainty. That is, unless we decide to change the very meanings of our words or the grammar of our language.
Numeracy: Numeracy refers to the ability to make judgments based on quantitative information in a variety of contexts. People with strong numeracy can describe how quantitative information is gathered, manipulated, and represented textually, verbally, and visually in graphs, charts, tables, and diagrams. Numeracy requires all the core critical thinking skills. Numeracy includes being thoughtfully reflective while interpreting the meaning of information expressed in charts, graphs, or text formats, analyzing those elements, drawing accurate inferences from that information, and explaining and evaluating how those conclusions were reached.
The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) Report Package includes an individual test-taker report for each person assessed and group summary reports for each group and sub-group in the sample.
Reports are generated immediately after the conclusion of testing and are available for clients to download, making real time assessment possible. Read more about how our customer support specialists work with clients to select their reporting options on our Services tab or contact us for a consultation.
Group analytics include:
- Clients can generate and download Excel spreadsheet files of all scores (OVERALL, Percentile ranking and all cognitive score metrics). At the option of the client, these also include the responses to custom demographic questions added by the client to the assessment profile, and percentile scores corresponding to the external comparison group selected by the client.
- Presentation-ready tables and graphic representations of the score distribution for OVERALL critical thinking skills and for the additional cognitive skill metrics.
- Customers who have added custom demographic questions can generate sub-group reports for these variables, or for specific testing sessions or time periods.
- An overall score of critical thinking skills (OVERALL Score). OVERALL is reported on a 100-point scale accompanied by a qualitative rating (Superior, Strong, Moderate, Weak, Not Manifested), and a comparison percentile score.
- Scores for each cognitive skill metric. These metrics are scored on a 100-point scale and are accompanied by a categorical interpretation of the strength of the score, indicating areas of strength and areas for future development.
- The Individual Test Taker Report can be pushed to an email address of the client’s choosing (for example, to an admissions office email, institutional assessment email, dean’s office email, etc.).
- The client controls whether individual reports are made available to the test-taker.
Companion Mindset Assessments
Engaging problems and making decisions relies on both reasoning skills and habits of mind. For a complete assessment of critical thinking, it is recommended that skills and mindset be included to assess whether a person is both ‘willing and able’ to think well.
- CCTDI – California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory – The most widely used thinking mindset assessment in college level education programs
- CSS – College Student Success Mindset – Designed to augment advising and retention programs.