Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT)

The CAT instrument is a unique tool designed to assess and promote the improvement of critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills. Most of the questions require short answer essay responses, and a detailed scoring guide helps ensure good scoring reliability. The CAT instrument is scored by the institution's own faculty using the detailed scoring guide. During the scoring process faculty are able to see their students' weaknesses and understand areas that need improvement. Faculty are encouraged to use the CAT instrument as a model for developing authentic assessments and learning activities in their own discipline that improve students' critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills. These features help close the loop in assessment and quality improvement.

Content

Topics
Ways of Thinking
Skills
Critical Thinking
Subskills

Evaluation, Creative Thinking, Written Communication, Problem Solving, Learning Orientation

Languages
English

Administration Information

Length
Not a timed test
Price

$9.95/test (50 test minimum)
+ $300 Annual Fee"

Training
Grading training required: Each institution must send 2-3 reps to a 2 day grading workshop https://www.tntech.edu/cat/training.php
Qualifications
Must be faculty at university or researcher to utilize
Administration
Individual,
Paper,
Computer
Professional
Professional

Access and Use

Contact

Assistant Director of Testing
Elizabeth Lisic
elisic@tntech.edu
931-372-3611

Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Haynes, A., Lisic, E., Goltz, M., Stein, B., & Harris, K. (2016). Moving Beyond Assessment to Improving Students’ Critical Thinking Skills: A Model for Implementing Change. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 16(4), 44–61. doi: 10.14434/josotl.v16i4.19407. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1112487.pdf

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Open Access
No
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes