Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning
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).
to assess a broad range of skills that faculty across the country feel are important components of critical thinking and real world problem solving.
to emulate real world problems. All questions derived from real world situations with most questions requiring short answer essay responses.
faculty in the assessment and improvement of student critical thinking skills and connects faculty to a teaching community.
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.