The STEM Package evaluates skills and habits of mind essential for success in engineering, technology, science, mathematics, and related subjects. It frequently used as part of undergraduate and graduate program admissions. It features two powerful tools: the STEM Thinking Skills Test and the California Critical Thinking Dispositions Inventory (CCTDI)
Critical thinking is a process which requires strong skills. Success in competitive STEM programs requires strong critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills. More than skills alone, successful applicants must also display a positive mindset toward learning.
A comprehensive assessment of a person’s critical thinking abilities requires assessing skills and mindset attributes (dispositions). That’s why many STEM programs incorporate scores on critical thinking, quantitative and thinking mindset attributes as factors in their admissions decisions.
Skills Assessed by the STEM Thinking Skills Test
The scales of the STEM Thinking Skills Test are designed to address common contexts where higher order thinking is critically important. In addition to a cumulative Overall score, this instrument provides numerical and qualitative scores on for specific metrics:
- Out-of-the-Box Algebra
- Spatial-Relational Thinking
- Scientific Thinking
- Tech Logic
Mindset Attributes Assessed by the CCTDI
The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) measures seven attributes that influence an individual’s capacity to learn and to effectively apply critical thinking skills:
- truth-seeking versus bias
- open-mindedness versus intolerance
- the anticipation of possible consequences versus being heedless of them
- the habit of approaching problems in a systematic versus unsystematic way
- confidence in the power of reasoning versus being mistrustful of reflective thinking
- the habit of being inquisitive about new information versus resistant to learning
- maturity and nuance in judgment versus rigidity and simplistic thinking
Data about relative strength and weakness in critical thinking is highly relevant for admissions, accreditation, student support and retention programs.
The STEM Score package includes sample statistics and graphics for each metric; spreadsheet reports of all scores (numerical and qualitative) for each test-taker; and individual score reports for each test-taker (optional). Reports 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. Customizable demographic profile options are available.
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 STEM and CCTDI are built on a growing science of the measurement of human decision-making. These instruments 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.
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.
Call us at 650-597-5628 today to learn how programs like yours are using these powerful, nationally benchmarked assessment tools as part of their undergraduate and graduate STEM admissions process.