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Critical Thinking Competency Exam

Exam information

Purpose

Toward the goal of developing competent critical thinkers, undergraduates who earn a degree from Wayne State University (WSU) should be able to:

  • Recognize that all decision-making as to "what to believe" involves examining and weighing evidence.
  • Clearly state a belief or assumption or fact.
  • Gather and analyze relevant supporting and contradictory evidence.
  • Formulate and identify deductively and inductively warranted conclusions from available evidence.
  • Recognize the structure of arguments (premises, conclusions, and implied assumptions).
  • Assess the consistency, inconsistency, logical implications, and equivalence among statements, and recognize explanatory relations among statements.
  • Arrive at a well-reasoned conclusion supported by evidence.

Before completing their first seventy-five credits towards their bachelor's degree, students are required to demonstrate competence in critical thinking by one of the methods listed below.

  • Successfully complete a WSU course in critical thinking.  See the current Undergraduate Bulletin for approved courses.
  • Pass the WSU Critical Thinking Competency Examination.  No credit hours are earned for passing the examination.
  • Receive transfer credit for successful completion of a comparable course taken at another college or university.

Description of the examination

The Critical Thinking Competency Examination covers the following areas:

  • Analysis
  • Inference
  • Evaluation
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Interpretation
  • Explanation

The examination is computer-based and consists of 34 multiple choice questions.  The test is timed for 45 minutes.  Questions relate to everyday life.  Test-takers will be asked to:

  • Analyze or interpret information presented in text, charts, or images.
  • Draw accurate and warranted inferences.
  • Evaluate references and explain why they represent strong or weak reasoning.
  • Explain why a given evaluation of an inference is strong or weak.

A total scaled score of 73 is needed to meet the requirement.  Sample questions are available at http://www.insightassessment.com/CT-Resources/node_1487.  Solution strategies and explanations for these sample questions can be requested by following this link: https://forms.wayne.edu/51c1c4fa5607b/

A general critical thinking practice test can be found here: https://www.assessmentday.co.uk/CriticalThinkingTest-Solutions.pdf

The book Think Critically by Peter Facione is also recommended as a resource to help prepare for the examination, available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/think-critically-peter-facione/1100055748?ean=9780205490981&itm=2&usri=facione

The examination fee is $35.00.

On the day of the examination

Bring government-issued, current, signed, photo-bearing identification with you to the exam.  Valid identification is required to take the test.  The WSU OneCard is not acceptable identification.  A silent, hand-held, non-graphing, non-programmable, non-alphanumeric calculator is permitted but not required.  Scratch paper and a pencil will be provided.  Be on time.  Late arrivals will not be admitted. 

Rescheduling, refunds, and fees

  1. You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment.
  2. A refund can be processed only if it is made before the day of the test.  We cannot honor requests for refunds made on or after the test date, or after the third reschedule.
  3. Exam fees which are not rescheduled or refunded within one calendar year are subject to forfeiture.
  4. Test fees are subject to change without notice.

Retaking the examination

You may take the Critical Thinking Competency Examination once per semester.

Examination schedule

Fall 2017

Day

Date

Time

Notes

Monday

08/28/17

2:00 p.m.

 

Monday

08/28/17

3:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday

09/05/17

2:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday

09/05/17

3:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday

09/27/17

10:30 a.m.

 

Monday

10/02/17

3:30 p.m.

 

Friday

10/13/17

2:00 p.m.

 

Thursday

10/19/17

2:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday

10/24/17

10:30 a.m.

 

Monday

10/30/17

2:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday

11/08/17

3:30 p.m.

 

Thursday

11/09/17

3:30 p.m.

 

Thursday

11/16/17

10:30 a.m.

 

Tuesday

11/21/17

2:00 p.m.

Exam Full

Monday

11/27/17

2:00 p.m.

Exam Full

Monday

11/27/17

3:30 p.m.

Exam Full

Friday

12/01/17

10:30 a.m.

Exam Full

Friday

12/01/17

2:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday

12/06/17

2:00 p.m.

Exam Full

Wednesday

12/06/17

3:30 p.m.

Exam Full

Tuesday

12/12/17

2:00 p.m.

Exam Full

Tuesday

12/12/17

3:30 p.m.

 

How to register for an examination

This examination is not administered on a walk-in basis.  You must register to reserve a seat for the examination at least one business day in advance of the desired test date provided room capacity has not already been reached.

  1. In Person Registration:  If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order, or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (click here for map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted.
  2. Online registration: Click the "Register for a test" button at the bottom of this page.  This will lead you to the online registration system where you may pay with a credit or debit card and choose your test date. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and registration.

Special accommodations

If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at http://studentdisability.wayne.edu/ .

 

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