Quant Q : An assessment of critical thinking and quantitative reasoning

The Quant-Q is an objective measure of quantitative reasoning skills (an assessment of critical thinking skills when they are used in quantitative contexts, also called Numeracy). Quant-Q is designed to assess quantitative reasoning in adolescents and adults.  Clients use the Quant-Q for selective admissions, advising and retention, studies of STEM curriculum effectiveness, accreditation, and the documentation of student learning outcomes.

Domain: Quant-Q is designed to identify strengths in quantitative reasoning skills in four domains needed by professionals in STEM.

Population: Quant-Q is calibrated for adolescents, undergraduate and graduate college students, and adults of all ages.

Administration: Administer assessments 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; 28 graphic and 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 Quant-Q Score – Overall skills in reasoning in quantitative contexts
  • Pattern Recognition – Recognition of meaningful progressions and relationships
  • Probability Combinatorics – Determining arrangements and probabilities
  • Out-of-the-Box Algebra – Developing elegant solutions to math problems
  • Geometry and Optimization – Spatial and geometric relationships

Scoring: The Quant-Q is scored on a 28-point scale with a corresponding qualitative rating (Superior, Strong, Moderate, Not Manifested).

Percentile Scores: Optional comparison percentile scores (external validity criterion) for US high school and college student populations.

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 and Arabic

License to administer the Quant-Q: 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.


The Quant-Q measures quantitative reasoning and relational thinking in four domains commonly needed in today’s workplace. Items are drawn from a scientifically developed and tested item pool.

  • OVERALL: The Quant-Q Overall score represents overall skill in reasoning through quantitative and mathematical problems.
  • Pattern Recognition: Pattern recognition is the skill of recognizing meaningful patterns, progressions, functions, similarities and differences in sequences of objects, letters or numbers.  Code breaking is one application of pattern recognition.
  • Probability Combinatorics: Combinatorics focuses on determining the number of different possible arrangements of objects within a finite set, e.g., how many ways can six people arrange themselves around the dinner table?  Logical analyses that use combinatorics, along with the ability to estimate probabilities based on proportionality, are the basic building blocks for solving statistical inference problems.
  • Out-of-the-Box Algebra: Out-of-the-box mathematical thinking is the ability to come up with elegant solutions to algebraic and arithmetic problems that might otherwise seem long and arduous.  While problems of this kind may be solved with brute force techniques, time-limited contexts often render exhaustive calculations impractical.
  • Geometry and Optimization: Spatial geometry optimization is the extent to which a person uses his or her basic understanding of geometry and the properties of triangles and circles to solve problems relating to physical spaces.

The Quant-Q Report Package includes group summary reports for each group and sub-group in the sample and an optional individual test-taker report for each person assessed.

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:Images from Insight Assessment Group Reports

  • 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 quantitative reasoning 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.

Optional Individual Test-Taker Reports include:Sample report showing Individual report on critical thinking attributes test (CCTDI)

  • An overall score of quantitative reasoning skills (OVERALL Score). OVERALL is reported on a 28-point scale accompanied by a qualitative rating (Superior, Strong, Moderate, Not Manifested), and a comparison percentile score.
  • Scores for each cognitive skill metric. These metrics 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.


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