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Critical Thinking Test For Managers


Strength in critical thinking is predictive of employee effectiveness and successful hires. Business professionals and business education students must be able to apply the knowledge of their profession to analyze problems and to formulate and evaluate business decisions and solutions. Critical thinking is at the very heart of this process.  The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test is a case-based reasoning skills assessment which is specifically designed to evaluate the critical thinking skills of business students and working professionals.

  • Only the best problem solvers will enable companies to succeed in today’s global market, so employees and graduates with strong critical thinking skills are in demand throughout the world. The BCTST is used in the workplace to assess an individual's reasoning skills and to secure a thinking skills score as an element in a comprehensive employment application process.
  • The BCTST is used in educational settings for learning outcomes assessment and to gather program evaluation, accreditation and research data at the baccalaureate and MBA level.


The Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) provides an objective measure of the core reasoning skills needed for reflective decision making and problem solving in business and workplace settings. The BCTST was developed and field tested to present problems using business-relevant topics and, in some cases, with data presented in images and diagrams. The result is a test that broadly represents the reasoning ability required to be a skillful critical thinker in the business profession.

  • The difficulty level of the BCTST makes this instrument appropriate for testing the critical thinking skills of mid-level and more expert professionals, managers, entry level executives,  persons aspiring to careers in business management and leadership as well as masters and baccalaureate prepared individuals
  • Using mini-cases and vignettes drawn from common business and workplace contexts, test items range in difficulty and complexity. The BCTST can be administered in 50 to 60 minutes.

Scales Reported

Good critical thinking results in a competitive advantage over less skilled decision makers.  Scores reported on the BCTST include: Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Induction, Deduction, and Overall Reasoning Skills; these scores can be benchmarked against appropriate comparison groups.  

The online BCTST-Numeracy  includes a measure of Quantitative Reasoning (Numeracy).  

Test Administration

Recommended Companion Assessments

Engaging problems and making decisions using critical thinking involves both skills and habits of mind. For a complete assessment of a test taker's critical thinking, it is recommended that both skills and dispositions be measured. Using companion assessments results in a comprehensive measurement of whether a test taker is ‘willing and able’ to think well.

We recommend that the BCTST be taken in conjunction with the Business Attribute Inventory (BAI) or the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) . Our client relations specialists will help you determine the optimal disposition tool for your objective.

Insight Assessment offers a full service assessment solution, providing the industry’s most complete and cost-effective array of flexible testing options including app and browser based online administration as well as the traditional paper and pencil method. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 on our multilingual delivery options.  An in-app tutorial makes navigation easy. Tests are available directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individuals. Clients are able to select and offer their test takers one or more of the testing methods which are suitable for their specific test environments and needs. Insight Assessment testing specialists will work directly with your in-house technology representative during set-up to ensure a smooth solution.


Management recruitment can be carried out directly by the company or with the help of a recruitment specialist company. Together they will determine the tests that the applicant can expect, and this will vary from company to company and even from job to job. Testing companies typically offer two levels of executive psychometric testing, senior management or executive tests, and management tests as a part of their management, graduate and professional banks.

Some of the different tests in executive management aptitude tests include:

What is different about management ability tests?

You may get the same aptitude tests as you have taken in the past, for example verbal, numerical or abstract reasoning tests, written exercises or personality tests but the questions are harder, in general requiring more complex calculations to solve them. Time allocations per question are shorter. Numerical reasoning questions may require more stages of working out in order to answer them, and verbal reasoning will be more critical.

Different tests may be used in management psychometric tests, for example deductive reasoning tests or Watson Glaser verbal critical reasoning tests. In this article we will go through some of these test types.

What is included in management aptitude tests?

Testing companies offer several senior management and management aptitude tests that build on the aptitude tests typically used in recruitment at lower levels. Here we will look at some of the more uniquely managerial tests.

Management Verbal Aptitude Tests

Verbal reasoning tests