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Critical thinking test

Discover your candidates' analytical skills with our robust critical thinking tests. Fair and accurate for every role.

  • 24 mins
  • 24 questions
  • Fair and valid science
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Insights™ Critical Thinking Test

Show which candidates can work with complex information to reach meaningful conclusions.

  • 24 minute assessment
  • 24 critical thinking questions
  • All levels covered: apprentice to CEO
  • PC, Mac, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile
  • Automatic cheat-protection systems
  • Accessible and unbiased by design
  • Predicts workplace performance
  • CSV upload and ATS integration
  • Use your logo and branding

Our Insights™ Critical Thinking Test makes it easy to assess your candidates’ ability to conceptualise, apply, analyse, and evaluate complex written information in order to reach a meaningful conclusion at any level.

Developed by qualified business psychologists in line with the rigorous guidelines published by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA), this is a test you can trust.

Using adaptive test technology, this inductive test has built-in levels for all roles from apprentice to CEO, and are particularly popular in the legal industry.

Choose from our pre-built norm groups to easily compare your candidates against global benchmarks, or create your benchmarks.

Tried and trusted

Join a community of over 6,000 global companies using Test Partnership assessments to help them hire the best people quickly, easily, and fairly.

"Great customer and client service, super responsive account managers and tech support. The testing platform is extremely easy to use."

client hr solutions hub
Tim Jackson Director and Principle Advisor, HR Solutions Hub Ltd

"A reliable tool that helps us hire the best talent in the market. It gives us an overall view of the candidate’s performance in real-time."

client helmi talib
Rocel Magtibay Human Resource Director, Helmi Talib Group

"The Test Partnership team are incredibly helpful - and quick to respond (we're talking within minutes!)"

client instant impact
Mollie Cross Talent Partner, Instant Impact

"The site can be personalised, is easy to navigate, and the ability to make your own tests is very beneficial."

client daniel watney
Charlotte Butt HR Lead & Associate Partner, Daniel Watney LLP

Test Partnership has a large library of sophisticated tests that we can implement quickly. The team are great and always on hand with a speedy response.

client bright network
Paul Porter Senior Recruitment Operations Manager, Bright Network

"In the new age of remote workers, and hiring through teams etc. Test Partnership is an excellent tool to evaluate a candidate. Test Partnership is solving the lack of meeting candidates face-to-face."

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Frank Larsen Chief Commercial Officer, Signagelive

"Test Partnership's assessments have been a great way for us to easily screen and test candidates. It's fast to use and we highly recommend it."

client seedstars
Horatiu Ticau Head of People Operations, Seedstars
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Critical thinking for every role and every level

Objectively measure candidates' ability to analyse complex data across all levels including apprentice, graduate, managers, and CEO.

You can be confident in the results knowing our critical thinking test automatically adapts to each candidate's ability, which means every candidate gets a great, personalised, assessment experience.

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Boost candidate experience

Showcase your brand by adding your colours and your logo to our assessments.

You can build assessments tailored to your role by choosing from our library of pre-built valid assessments. Choose from our pre-built norm-groups to easily rank and compare your candidates' scores.

Assessments led by science

Proven and trusted online assessments to quickly identify potential. All our assessments use robust science backed up by research and development according to EFPA standards.

Developed by experts

Our qualified in-house business psychologists have been developing psychometric tests for over 10 years. They push for innovation and are regular lecturers at Birkbeck, University of London. Our psychologists have developed advanced expertise in the latest psychometric methods including item response theory including the Rash model. Our expertise means we are often used by other psychometric test publishers to help them build or improve their psychometric assessments. By working with Test Partnership you get industry-recognised expertise from qualified business psychologists.

Industry-leading accuracy

Our psychologists use the latest psychometric test models including item response theory (IRT) to ensure accurate test scores. Our assessments have industry-leading reliability and validity properties, so you can have confidence in the outcomes. The results you get from our assessments have been demonstrated through research to be highly accurate which means you get actionable insights into your candidates' performance. By working with Test Partnership you get confidence in your data.

Reduce bias

All our assessments have robust evidence to prove they do not adversely affect protected groups. Our test development process includes trialling our questions on tens of thousands of participants from mixed backgrounds, and our research shows 'Cohens d' effect sizes better than industry best-practice. You can use our assessments safe in the knowledge that they are fair and inclusive.

The strongest predictor of success

Research, including large meta studies, has repeatedly shown that cognitive ability is the strongest predictor of workplace performance (Schmidt & Hunter, 1998). To find the best employees you need to assess for cognitive ability, and Test Partnership assessments accurately measure cognitive ability at every level. Cognitive ability correlates with job performance better than any other indicator including interviews, past experience, and degree classification. By using our ability tests, you can confidently identify the best candidates and predict future success.

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Reduce bias

All our tests exceed current psychometric standards and have been shown to be fair and unbiased towards protected groups.

Performance data

Calibrated by tens of thousands of results correlated with job performance predictors.

Cheat protection

Rigorous protection against candidate cheating including: item banking; digital copy protection; and atypical behaviour detection.

Candidate experience

Modern user interface and graphics library for easy administration, shorter test times, and adaptive tests to enhance candidate experience.


Our tests and platform are fully compatible across PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone, so everyone has access even on-the-go.

Critical thinking tests backed by decades of science

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) is the new industry-standard in candidate assessment technology, and we are at the forefront.

Using the most respected occupational psychology theory in the industry, our assessments predict the best performing candidates in less time, with more accuracy. Our adaptive algorithm makes sure each candidate sees only questions uniquely matched to their ability for a positive candidate experience.

Hiring the right people is the most important thing your organisation can do.

Critical thinking FAQs

What roles should you use critical tests for?

Critical thinking tests are essential for roles in problem-solving, decision-making, and complex analysis, such as managers, analysts, and many other professions. They are valuable across diverse industries, including healthcare, law, engineering, and research, as they necessitate sound judgment and reasoning.

Are critical thinking tests accurate?

Critical thinking tests provide valuable insights but aren't infallible. Their accuracy depends on test quality, relevance to the job, and how well candidates perform under test conditions. Properly designed tests, like ours, administered fairly, can help assess critical thinking abilities effectively.

Is there bias in critical thinking tests?

Bias in critical thinking tests can exist if the tests are not carefully designed and validated. Our tests have been shown to be fair and culturally unbiased.

Why should I use critical thinking tests in the hiring process?

Using critical thinking tests in the hiring process is crucial because they help identify candidates with strong problem-solving skills, decision-making abilities, and analytical thinking, ensuring you select individuals who can thrive in complex roles and contribute to your organisation's success. These tests provide objective data to supplement interviews, reducing hiring bias and improving overall hiring decisions.

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