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About Critical Thinking Tests
Critical thinking tests measure an individual’s ability to make analyse, conceptualise and reason effectively. Critical thinking tests can measure critical thinking in a number of ways, and critical thinking tests often comprise multiple different sub-tests within a single test. Critical thinking tests are common selection tool for roles which require significant critical, independent thought, particularly in the legal sector. Although critical thinking tests primarily measure cognitive ability, there is often a learned, developable aspect to critical thinking, which allows individuals to improve their critical thinking skills, and subsequent scores on critical thinking tests. Candidates taking critical thinking tests may also be required to complete other assessments, which may include personality, situational judgement or other aptitude tests.
Psychological research has found critical thinking tests to be highly valid predictors of future performance in work and education. As a result, job candidates may be asked to complete a critical thinking test as part of an organisations selection process. The most popular critical thinking test used in job selection is the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Test which is administered to law applicants.
Organisations are likely to use a critical thinking test in a number of possible ways. Firstly, a critical thinking test may be used as an early screening tool, identifying high potential candidates early in the selection process. Secondly, a critical thinking test may be used in conjunction with an interview, either before the interview or shortly after. Finally, candidates may be required to complete a critical thinking test during an assessment centre, at the final stages of the selection process. Regardless of when the critical thinking test is administered, passing it is essential to maximising your chances of being selected by that organisation.