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Critical thinking is about people’s ability to think rationally about a topic. It is specifically about their ability to analyze information, whether in textual, numerical, or graphical form, and make logical connections between ideas, drawing reliable and confident conclusions.
The current test is designed to assess a candidate's critical thinking skills across three general parts and five measurement areas. These were adapted based on a well-researched model as a common standard framework for measuring critical thinking: the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA) measure.
1. Recognizing Assumptions - This part includes questions designed to assess a candidate's ability to analyze statements, understand what is being said, evaluate whether or not the information offered is valid, and whether or not evidence has been provided to back it up.
2. Evaluating Arguments - This part includes questions designed to assess a candidate's ability to analyze arguments and decide on their weakness or strength. It involves a thorough examination of all relevant facts, rather than seeking information that confirms a preferred point of view.
3. Drawing Conclusions - This part includes questions designed to assess a candidate’s ability to analyze information and reach a logical, reliable or sound conclusion (or inference), and determine whether or not the conclusions (or inferences) may be drawn with confidence.
The test is timed and in a multiple-choice format.
The ability to consider information logically and rationally is one of many qualities and attributes associated with critical thinking. A person with strong critical thinking may often question and seek to understand the evidence supplied rather than merely embracing the arguments and conclusions presented.
Potential employers can use critical thinking tests to screen candidates that may be a good fit for roles that require them to uncover relationships between concepts, seek alternative interpretations, and simply not take information at face value with little or no supporting evidence.
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