Critical Thinking Assessment
Many colleges and universities have developed their own rubrics which they use to foster and assess Critical Thinking outcomes. Reviewing rubrics from several campuses can help focus local thinking about expectations for students’ critical thinking. See the rubric collection at Opened Practices.
Annotated List of Critical Thinking Tests
Prepared by Robert H. Ennis, Professor Emeritus, University
of Illinois, the tests are grouped according to degree of
coverage of critical thinking elements. Some tests are from
Seven-part Critical Thinking Rubric from Washington State
Assessment of each part is guided by descriptions
of what would represent scant and substantially-developed
skill in the area. Web page includes additional links for
Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric from California Academic
A free, downloadable rubric from a company that also offers
commercial tests in critical thinking. Instructions for using
the rubric are included in the download.
International Critical Thinking Essay Tests (ICAT)
By purchasing a license, an institution is granted permission
to administer the exam. Students are required to analyze and
assess writing prompts and the exams are scored locally. Web
site contains information about test construction and properties,
how it can be used by departments, implications of scoring,
and how to order a sample.