Decision making is an element of critical thinkingCritical Reasoning is a skill middle and senior executives need to have to enable them to think strategically and solve particularly complex problems often in an environment with a high level of uncertainty. Strong critical thinking is about being able to make logical decisions about information irrespective of your opinions on topics.

There are psychometric critical thinking tests available that break down critical thinking into different components of the reasoning process. 

Niche Consulting has the following two critical thinking ability tests available:

Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Test

  • 40 minutes in length.
  • 80 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test provides a full breakdown of a person’s critical thinking and decision-making processes.
  • This ability test looks at logical thinking and reasoning skills when dealing with written and verbal information.
  • Clarifies whether an individual will make sound logical decisions by seeing the wider consequences as opposed to becoming too narrowly focused or influenced by emotional reactions to topics. 
  • Useful in identifying key areas for development as it has 5 sub-test scores to analyse where critical thinking ability may be less strong.
  • The 5 sub tests are:
    • Inference
    • Recognising Assumptions
    • Deduction
    • Evaluation of Arguments
    • Interpretation
  • Most often used at the senior management level.

Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory – HBRI Critical Thinking Ability Test

  • This critical thinking test has no time limit.
  • Without a time limit it is not possible to check the speed of critical thinking as the candidate can take as long as they need to answer the items.
  • 36 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online administration only.
  • The HBRI is an ability test designed to evaluate Critical Reasoning, Strategic and Tactical Reasoning using three categories of business data.
  • These categories are:
    1. verbal information based on conversations, e-mails, and written reports;
    2. quantitative information that comes from tables, data in financial reports and statistical analyses: and
    3. graphic information that comes from charts, graphs, and figures.
  • The Strategic and Tactical Reasoning constructs work to explain an individual’s capacity to process many kinds of dense and complex information that may be found in the real world (Critical Reasoning). 
  • Most suitable for middle management assessment.

We have other ability tests in the following categories: