The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (HCTA)

is offered exclusively from the Schuhfried Co. as part of the Vienna Test System (VTS).

A few key facts about the HCTA:


·         The test assesses the five dimension of critical thinking: verbal reasoning, argument analysis, thinking as hypothesis testing, likelihood and uncertainty, and decision making and problem solving.


·         The HCTA is unique because it is the only test of critical thinking that uses multiple response formats, which allow test takers to demonstrate their ability to think about everyday topics using both constructed responses and recognition formats.


·         The HCTA has been validated with numerous diverse samples around the world in different languages. It is a general test – not specific to psychology. A recent study (Butler, 2012) shows that HCTA is the first test of critical thinking that actually predicts what people (say they) do in real life. Publication is available below.


·         The test offers an easy way to assess learning outcomes for programs that aim to enhance critical thinking and as a means of assessing levels of critical thinking for ages 15 through adulthood.


·         It is available for computer based administration, either online or desktop (PC, laptop, network server).


Please refer to the test manual (listed below) for a full description of the test, detailing the theoretical background, history of development, validity, etc …


A working demo version of the test is available over the internet. This gives you full access to the complete online DEMO version of the Vienna Test System. You can explore sample test items and view the test score.  
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