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The main purpose of the ICAT test is for internal, not external use. The goal is to facilitate the faculty at given institutions putting more emphasis on thinking critically within the disciplines taught. Because the faculty use various prompts on different testing occasions and choose those prompts from different disciplines, it is difficult to compare student performances (using different prompts) by point scores alone. The goal is for the grading faculty to report back to the teaching faculty with appropriate commentary that enables that teaching faculty to form reasonable conclusions about the degree to which students are developing the critical thinking skills tested by ICAT.
The ICAT exam has high "face validity," for it directly tests the students’ ability 1) to accurately identify the most fundamental intellectual structures in thinking, and 2) to do so in a piece of writing which the faculty themselves choose. It is clear and uncontroversial that critical thinking requires the thinker to analyze and evaluate reasoning. The ICAT test requires the student to do just that and, once again, to do so with respect to prompts which are representative of the content that is covered by instruction.
One gains insight into the validity of the exam to the extent that one recognizes the significance of the abilities directly tested in the exam: the students’ ability to accurately identify the purpose of a piece of writing, the questions it raises, the information it embodies, the inferences and conclusions arrived at, the key concepts, the underlying assumptions, the implications of the reasoning, and the point of view of the reasoner.
One gains further insight into the validity of the exam to the extent that one recognizes the significance of the intellectual standards which the student must use to assess the reasoning in the prompt: the relative clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logicalness, significance, and fairness of the reasoning. Beyond that, one gains insight into the usefulness of the test in grasping its potential in helping faculty to develop comparable descriptions of their programs and course grading standards that highlight the critical thinking embodied in the content.
Of course, success depends directly on the competence of the graders and on the manner in which they have established consistency in their grading. Here are the instructions faculty are given for this purpose:
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