Military and Defense Student Critical Thinking Package

Insight Assessment Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory (MDCTI)
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Military and Defense Student Critical Thinking Package


The Military and Defense Student Critical Thinking Package is calibrated for use with undergraduate and graduate level enrollees or applicants to military education programs and colleges. It is a two-part scientifically developed measure of cognitive ability that evaluates the core reasoning skills and the personal attributes associated with successful leadership decision making.

High stakes thought processes are critical in the military. Neither training nor experience can substitute for a lack of core thinking skills and the personal readiness to use them. The ( Military and Defense Critical Thinking Inventory (MDCTI) was developed in response to the growing realization that effective leadership and problem solving required the very skills and attributes that comprise strong critical thinking. It measures those core critical thinking skills, the disciplines of mind and the personal attributes regarded as essential for leadership responsibilities at every level.

Because these skills and mental disciplines can be strengthened and refined with training and practice, the MDCTI can be used in educational programs to aid in evaluating candidates, predicting success, measuring progress, evaluating programs, summarizing gains, and benchmarking.

Mental Disciplines Measured

MDCTI Part 1 assesses ten mental disciplines and attributes relevant to the expression of thought and to one’s style of interaction in decision making and professional contexts:

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

Reasoning Skills Assessed

The MDCTI Part 2 reports an Overall score and scores on five more specific reasoning skills:

  • Analysis
  • Inference
  • Evaluation
  • Deduction
  • Induction

Data reported

It is possible to create a more level playing field for all seeking the opportunity to become leaders.  Using valid and reliable instruments to assess professionally relevant reasoning skills and attributes enables military educators to identify the strengths of each individual and to focus educational energies on specific attributes and skills that may require more attention.

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.

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

Validity and reliability

The MDCTI is created based on a growing science of the measurement of human decision-making. These 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.

The MDCTI was built working with the advice and support of leaders and experts, civilian and military, retired and active, of the US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Army, US Navy and Joint Special Operations.

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 online test taker 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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All branches of our military services have used Insight Assessment metrics to target and evaluate educational programs that prioritize developing decisions skills based on solid mindsets.  Contact us today to discuss incorporating the development of thinking skills into your training programs.

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