College Student Success Package

College Student Success (CSS) Assessment
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College Student Success Package


The College Student Success Package is calibrated to measure the critical thinking of first year undergraduate, college level transfers and adult re-entry students.  The two-part College Student Success (CSS) assessment uses everyday scenarios to measure the strength of the reasoning skills and the mindset required of successful learners and workers.

Critical thinking is a process which requires strong skills. But, like anything that requires strong skills to achieve success, the individual or team of people engaging in that process must have the motivation to apply their skills to reach their goal.

A comprehensive assessment of a person’s critical thinking abilities, therefore, requires measuring skills and mindset attributes (dispositions).  The College Success Package is designed to meet the need for objective meaningful measures to identify the students most ready to learn and those in need of learning support programs.

Skills Assessed by the College Success Reasoning Skills

The College Success Reasoning Skills assessment provides a numerical, qualitative, and percentile ranking for 6 critical thinking metrics:

  • Overall Reasoning Skills
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Evaluative Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Reasoning in Uncertainty
  • Reasoning with Precision

Attributes Assessed by the College Success Mindset

The College Success Mindset provides numerical and qualitative scores for seven personal attributes highly valued by admissions officers:

  • Motivation to Learn
  • Drive to Succeed
  • Judgment
  • Intellectual Integrity
  • Foresight
  • Resilience
  • Creativity

Data Reported

The CSS reports strengths and weaknesses on a comprehensive array of reasoning skills and mindset that are typical of successful learners who achieve their academic goals. The data provided is most frequently used for admissions, student success and retention programs.

Our assessment report package provides the tables and graphics needed to compare your students’ achievement with national norms and to identify individual and group strengths and weaknesses. Online testing includes an individual printable test taker report to document the scores of each individual with a short interpretative text.

Numerical and categorical interpretation of strength are reported. A norm-referenced percentile ranking is provided for skills assessments. Current comparison percentiles include Two Year Colleges and Four Year colleges.

User Manuals provide comprehensive information how to optimally interpret Insight Assessment results reports.

Validity and Reliability

The College Student Success is built based on a growing science of the measurement of human decision-making. The skills and mindset assessments have been psychometrically evaluated in collaboration with researchers, educators, trainers and working professionals, to assure cultural and language competence in the intended test taker group.

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of testing options. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 with our multilingual delivery options. Our browser or app based online system provides the option of taking our assessments on virtually any device.

The test-taker’s online interface is easy to use, data encrypted and flexible. Tests can be assigned to be taken within any window of time which meets the client’s needs. Each test is scored as soon as the test-taker submits responses to the items on the test.

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Students need drive, motivation, resilience, and the thinking skills to successfully engage their programs. You can find out exactly which of your new students are on this path, and which ones will need support services to succeed.

Contact us to talk with one of our testing specialists about how CSS could support your program needs.

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