Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning

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The Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT) was developed with input from faculty across a wide range of institutions and disciplines, with guidance from colleagues in the cognitive/ learning sciences and assessment and with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

DEVELOPED

to assess a broad range of skills that faculty across the country feel are important components of critical thinking and real world problem solving.

DESIGNED

to emulate real world problems. All questions derived from real world situations with most questions requiring short answer essay responses.

ENGAGE

faculty in the assessment and improvement of student critical thinking skills and connects faculty to a teaching community.

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Faculty are directly involved in the scoring process to help them understand student's strengths and weaknesses. Faculty can also use the CAT instrument as a model for constructing better course assessments using their own discipline content.

Active Learning

Over 250 institutions across the country have used the CAT for course, program, and general education assessment. NSF support also helped establish the Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning (CAIL) to distribute the CAT and provide training, consultation, and statistical support to users.

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See the Narrated Video Below for an Overview of the CAT Instrument

 
The Critical Thinking Assessment Test was developed with support from the National Science Foundation TUES (CCLI) Division (under grants 0404911, 0717654, and 1022789 to Barry Stein, PI; Ada Haynes, Co-PI; & Michael Redding, Co-PI). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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