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.
Evaluation, Creative Thinking, Written Communication, Problem Solving, Learning Orientation
$9.95/test (50 test minimum)
+ $300 Annual Fee"
Access and Use
Assistant Director of Testing
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
Technical Manual: https://www.tntech.edu/cat/pdf/reports/CAT_Technical_Information_V8.pdf