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Critical Thinking Test

The Critical Thinking Test for employment assesses a candidate's ability to recognize assumptions, identify inconsistencies in reasoning, evaluate arguments, predict possible outcomes of a decision and make an objective decision. This pre-employment critical thinking test is used by recruiters to screen candidates for roles that require strong decision making abilities.

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  • 14 Critical Thinking MCQs
Covered skills:
Logical Reasoning
Lateral Thinking
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The Critical Thinking Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Able to think critically and analyze complex problems
  • Skilled in logical reasoning and making valid deductions
  • Proficient in lateral thinking and generating creative solutions
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to propose effective solutions
  • Excellent aptitude for understanding and interpreting data
  • Ability to identify patterns and make connections between different concepts
  • Capacity to evaluate arguments and identify flaws in reasoning
  • Strong analytical skills for assessing information and making informed decisions
  • Proficient in identifying assumptions and evaluating their validity
  • Ability to think critically under time constraints and make sound judgments
  • Aptitude for integrating information from multiple sources to develop cohesive insights
  • Skilled in evaluating evidence and drawing logical conclusions
  • Ability to think creatively and outside-the-box to solve complex problems
  • Proficient in analyzing situations from multiple perspectives to gain deeper insights
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Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions
A pharmaceutical company claims that their new drug, Xylanex, is highly effective in treating a specific medical condition. They provide statistical data from a clinical trial to support their claim. However, a group of scientists has raised concerns about the validity of the study design and potential bias in the data collection process. They argue that the results may be inflated and not truly representative of the drug's effectiveness.

Which of the following assumptions is necessary to support the pharmaceutical company's claim?
A: The clinical trial participants were randomly selected and representative of the target population.
B: The scientists raising concerns have a conflict of interest and are biased against the pharmaceutical company.
C: The statistical analysis of the clinical trial data was conducted by independent experts.
D: The medical condition being treated by Xylanex is widespread and affects a large number of individuals.
E: The pharmaceutical company has a proven track record of developing effective drugs for similar medical conditions.


Emma's cafe business
Emma's cafe has been operating successfully for the last 6 years. Profits have been growing every year, with this year (2020) being their best year so far. As a thank you, Emma treated her staff to a meal at a Michelin star restaurant. 
Below are 3 statements about Emma, her staff and her cafe. Can you help us decide whether the 3 statements are "True", "Probably True", "Insufficient Data to Say True or False", "Probably False", or "False".

1. Emma's staff members are happy.
2. Emma's cafe did well in 2016.
3. Emma is rich.

A: True
B: False
C: Probably True
D: Probably False
E: Insufficient Data


Ivory's new startup
Statement: Ivory started a new startup. We know for a fact that almost all startups fail within the first 2 years. 
Conclusion: Ivory's startup will fail.
Does the conclusion follow from the statement?
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions

2 mins

Critical Thinking


Emma's cafe business

2 mins

Critical Thinking


Ivory's new startup

2 mins

Critical Thinking
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Emma's cafe business
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Ivory's new startup
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins

Test candidates on core Critical Thinking Hiring Test topics

Aptitude: Aptitude refers to a person's natural ability to comprehend and solve problems. In the context of this test, aptitude is measured to assess candidates' analytical and numerical reasoning skills, which are vital for roles requiring data analysis, critical decision-making, and problem-solving.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning is the ability to think logically and systematically, making sound judgments based on given facts and principles. Evaluating candidates' logical reasoning skills helps measure their ability to identify patterns, draw conclusions, and solve complex problems methodically.

Lateral Thinking: Lateral thinking involves unconventional and innovative ways of solving problems by thinking outside the box. Assessing candidates' lateral thinking skills provides insight into their ability to approach challenges creatively, generate novel ideas, and find unique solutions that may not be immediately apparent.

Problem-solving: Problem-solving is the process of identifying, analyzing, and resolving challenges or obstacles. In this test, measuring candidates' problem-solving skills enables recruiters to gauge their ability to identify problems, generate effective solutions, and apply critical thinking to overcome difficulties.

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  • Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Graduate
  • Intern
  • Sales Representatives
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