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Concepts™ Critical Thinking Test

Assess your candidates’ ability to conceptualise, apply, analyse, and evaluate complex written information in order to reach a meaningful conclusion at any level.

Concepts™ critical thinking technical details

  • grey information icon Measures high level critical thinking ability.
  • grey list icon 24 questions
  • grey clock icon 24 minutes
  • grey anonymous profile icon Apprentices, graduates, professionals, managers, senior executives
  • grey 4 point zig-zag chart with trend going up icon Computer adaptive test
  • grey man with arms outstretched and raised icon Improve diversity and reduce adverse impact
  • grey eye icon Supervised or unsupervised
  • grey spanner icon Customisable
  • grey briefcase icon Designed for all sectors, particularly legal
  • grey folder sharing icon High-volume testing, high-stakes selection
  • grey sim card with exclamation mark icon Cheat protection
  • grey laptop and phone icon PC, Mac, Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile

Concepts Critical Thinking Test is suitable for:

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Low Volume Recruitment

The smaller the candidate pool, the more difficult it becomes to identify differences between candidates.

Concepts identifies even the subtlest ability differences between candidates, with a higher degree of accuracy than basic ability tests (i.e. verbal, numerical, inductive reasoning tests, etc).

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Mid Stage Screening

Recruitment processes usually increase in complexity incrementally, starting with a simple CV sift and culminating in a complex assessment centre / panel interview.

Although basic ability tests (verbal, numerical, inductive etc.) should be used in the early stages, Concepts measures a more complex set of cognitive abilities, lending themselves well to mid stage recruitment.

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High-Stakes Recruitment

Concepts measures the higher level cognitive abilities which underpin performance in high-stakes professional, managerial, and executive level roles

Using concepts in high stakes recruitment ensures that candidates have the necessary cognitive abilities to make key decisions, act with autonomy and work with complex information.

Key features

  • Adaptive Algorithm
  • Fully Customisable
  • Secure
  • Norms & Benchmarks
  • Candidate Experience
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Fair & Inclusive
  • Professionally Validated

Introducing the Concepts Critical Thinking Test

Critical thinking ability is essential to performance in any role that requires clear and reasoned decision-making. In these roles, critical thinking tests represent some of the strongest predictors of performance known, making them invaluable selection tools.

Concepts Critical Thinking is a next-generation, computer adaptive online ability test, designed to predict performance quickly, accurately and fairly, all while providing an exceptional candidate experience.

Concepts Critical Thinking Subtests

This assessment measures candidates' critical thinking ability across four key areas, which include the following:

  • Verbal Reasoning

    The ability to evaluate, reason and conceptualise with words and sentences.

  • Deductions

    The ability to draw accurate deductions from incomplete information.

  • Conclusions

    The ability to correctly appraise the validity of conclusions, enabling informed decision making.

  • Arguments

    The ability to identify convincing arguments, evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses, and remain impartial.

Modern adaptive tests for the digital age

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

Test Partnership applies cutting-edge predictive data science to hiring, and allows you to benefit from decades of research through our psychometric test tools.

Bring your selection process into the digital age with our fully mobile-responsive tests.

Fair and inclusive selection

For improved diversity and inclusion, Test Partnership has optimised all our tests to achieve industry-beating low adverse impact.

All our tests are designed to identify high-performance whilst minimising adverse impact. We achieve this by trialling and re-trialling against tens of thousands of participants from all backgrounds.

Who uses our tests

  • Kaplan
  • Allianz
  • Roche
  • Unilever
  • Save The Children
  • Clear Score
  • Deloitte
  • AIG
  • Prudential
  • Opus Energy
  • Glencore
  • Marsh
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Schneider Electric
  • Talk talk
  • Land Securities
  • Fujifilm
  • Baker Tilly
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About Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to conceptualise, apply, analyse and evaluate information in order to reach a meaningful conclusion. Critical thinking is a major facet of general cognitive ability, the strongest overall predictor of job performance. As a result, critical thinking tests are powerful predictors of performance at work, especially in combination with other aptitude tests.

Concepts Critical Thinking Test

The Concepts critical thinking test employs the latest developments in aptitude testing technology. Concepts uses computer adaptive technology to increase accuracy, reduce administration time and improve candidate experience. Concepts computer adaptive technology tailors question difficulty to the candidate's performance, honing in on the candidate's level of ability. Candidates are never bored by easy questions, or discouraged by overly difficult questions. Instead, every candidate's test is challenging and engaging, but not overwhelming.


Commonly asked questions.

  • How much does it cost?

    We charge on a per-candidate basis, not on a per-assessment basis. Please visit our pricing page for more information.

  • What level are these tests designed for?

    This is one of the advantages of our adaptive test technology; this critical thinking test is suitable for all levels. However, the Concepts Critical Thinking test is best suited to high stakes, late stage recruitment process.

  • How do you protect candidate data?

    We're glad you asked! This is something Test Partnership are quite passionate about and we have implemented privacy by design principles throughout our organisation. We have a whole host of safeguards including: access control; encryption; firewalls; retention policies; and anonymisation. To see all the steps we take please see our GDPR page.

Candidate tips

Critical reasoning tests assess your ability to interpret, evaluate and come to conceptualise information. This is a form of psychometric test designed by professional occupational psychologists and the results predict how well you will perform in the workplace. This is the key difference with other tests or exams you may have taken before. Psychometric tests are not like exams. Exams test your ability to remember learned skills whilst psychometric tests assess your innate mental horsepower.

Always refer back to the passage to avoiding making silly mistakes and do your best to pay attention to the details.

You do not require specific prior knowledge to complete a critical reasoning test, although familiarising yourself with example questions would be helpful. This is so that everyone has the same chance regardless of education.

Make sure you not only read the instructions but you understand them. Take a moment to think about what each question is asking and how you could use the information to work it out, before jumping straight in.

Check you have everything you might need: your glasses, pens, pencils and rough paper. The time per question will be displayed on-screen however try not to let the timer distract you. If you lose internet connection during the test, don't worry, simply log back in and continue from where you were.


Cross-platform compatibility and robust digital infrastructure ensure full, secure assessment delivery to every candidate.

Maximum compatibility and maximum candidate engagement with minimum drop-out rates.

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How Pricing works

Test Partnership offers two pricing options: 1) pay-as-you-go, or 2) unlimited use subscriptions. On our pay-as-you-go pricing, candidates can complete any combination of assessments for the same cost, as we charge on a per-candidate basis not a per-assessment basis. On our unlimited usage subscriptions, you can test an unlimited number of candidates, using any combination of assessments for a fixed monthly or annual cost.

You can see a full list of our prices on our pricing page.

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