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HCTA Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment

D. F. Halpern


Assesses critical thinking ability.
Critical thinking is a necessary skill in our achievement-oriented society. It is promoted by teachers and sought-after by employers. This includes skills such as analysis and evaluation of statements, decision-making and problem-solving ability. The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (HCTA) has been developed to cover the constructs most frequently cited in definitions of critical thinking. The test focuses on five dimensions of critical thinking: verbal reasoning, argument analysis, thinking as hypothesis testing, likelihood and uncertainty, and decision making and problem solving.
The HCTA scale is used to assess general constructs that define critical thinking. It is used to improve assessments in the field of education and training and to optimize recruitment and promotion processes in business and industry.

For each of the five dimensions of critical thinking there are five scenarios. For each dimension of critical thinking there is the same number of scenarios, but some dimensions are awarded more points than others; this is relevant to the calculation of the total number of points on the HCTA scale.

The respondent answers questions about everyday situations. He/She reads a brief description of a situation and then answers questions either freely (standard form) or in multiple-choice format. The questions relate to different aspects of the situation and measure various aspects of critical thinking, such as the respondent’s assessment of possible solutions to a problem or his/her analysis of various arguments.

Formes de test

S1: Form A – standard version
S2: Form A – multiple-choice short version
S3: Form B – standard version
S4: Form B – multiple-choice short version


The following main variables are scored, depending on the test form:

  • S1:
    • Critical thinking: Global indicator of (indirect) critical thinking ability in everyday situations and conversations.
    • Critical thinking – recall: Global indicator of the active application of (indirect) critical thinking ability in everyday situations and conversations.
  • S1 and S2:
    • Critical thinking – recognition: Global indicator of the passive application of (indirect) critical thinking ability in everyday situations and conversations.

The scoring of S1 requires a special assessor who assesses the entered texts.

Éléments d'évaluation

Temps de traitement
Intervalle de confiance
Analyse de profil
Protocole du test
Protocole d’analyse des items
Représentation du déroulement
Représentation graphique spéciale des résultats
Compte-rendu Word préparé
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Type de test

Tests de performance spéciaux

Informations sur les tests

Support non linguistique
Version de test parallèle
conforme au modèle de Rasch
Périphérique supplémentaire requis
Sécurité de test élevée
Vastes normes
Version de test disponible pour présentation en ligne open mode
Lien CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing




S1/S3: approx. 45-80 minutes
S2/S4: approx. 15-25 minutes


Norms for ages 18+ (convenience sample).

Caractéristiques spéciales

Evaluation of the free texts by an assessor (S1/S3).