Critical Thinking Test

The CAAP Critical Thinking Test is a 32-item, 40-minute test that measures students' skills in clarifying, analyzing, evaluating, and extending arguments. An argument is defined as a sequence of statements that includes a claim that one of the statements, the conclusion, follows from the other statements. The Critical Thinking Test consists of four passages that are representative of the kinds of issues commonly encountered in a postsecondary curriculum.

A passage typically presents a series of subarguments in support of a more general conclusion or conclusions. Each passage presents one or more arguments using a variety of formats, including case studies, debates, dialogues, overlapping positions, statistical arguments, experimental results, or editorials. Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice test items. A total score is provided for the Critical Thinking Test; no subcores are provided.

Content Specifications Summary for the CAAP Critical Thinking Test

Content Category Proportion of Test Number of Items
Analysis of elements of an argument .53–.66 17–21
Evaluation of an argument .16–.28 5–9
Extension of an argument .19 6
Total 1.00 32