M1D1: Measuring Critical Thinking
A verbal reasoning test assesses one’s ability to reason and think using concepts that are put into words. Verbal reasoning tests measure one’s level of understanding and comprehension, and their dexterity in the process of filtering out important information from texts. In the workplace, one often finds themselves in an information overload. During such times, an individual’s ability to filter out key information and use verbal logic comes in handy. Employers use verbal reasoning tests to determine whether job applicants can separate facts from inferences and to assess their logic and comprehension skills. Applicants’ ability to derive meaning from complex information provided is assessed through verbal reasoning tests, amongst other types of psychometric tests. Employers today are interested in assessing applicants’ ability to apply critical thinking in their day to day activities to get the job done (Scandura, 2019).
I feel that the verbal reasoning test examines judgment and rationality out of the various critical thinking skills. This is because it involves the provision of information, after which the participant or applicant is required to practice judgment and provide the correct response to posed questions, using information derived from the provided text (Aggarwal, 2010). By undertaking a verbal reasoning test, an applicant also practices rationality in the selection of the information that he or she feels is important and the response that he or she feels is correct. In the accounting field, verbal reasoning tests would be valuable. By using these tests, employers can assess applicants’ attention to detail, their professional demeanor, their social skills, how they prioritize tasks and determine targets, and their knowledge and adherence to accounting professional rules and regulations. Critical thinking skills can also be measured through other types of aptitude tests, besides verbal reasoning tests.
Aggarwal, R. S. (2010). A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning. S. Chand.
Scandura, T.A. (2019). Essentials of organizational behavior: An evidence-based approach (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.