Critical Thinking Assessment in Adults: Methodology and Development Experience



Critical thinking (next CT) is one of the key competencies in the modern world. Despite the variety of assessment systems for secondary and higher education, there is a lack of tests for assessing this competence for adults. The importance of adult assessment is emphasized primarily by the need for employers to have employees with developed CT in various work contexts.

The article describes the procedure for creating a measurement test for students of the training course «Critical Thinking» of the «Yandex.Practice» platform and the results of assessing its psychometric quality. When creating this test, we relied on the Evidence Centered Design (ECD) approach. The test is performed in computer form and consists of tasks aimed at identifying the relevant observed behavior of the subject. The validity of the developed test, including its compliance with theoretical expectations about the factor structure, is confirmed by evidence of constructive, criterion, convergent and content validity. The limitations of this study and possible directions for future developments are considered. The result of the work is a validated test for measuring critical thinking for adults, the quality of the tasks of which is confirmed by psychometric analysis in modern mental test theory (IRT — Item Response Theory).

General Information

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: review article


Received: 01.07.2022


For citation: Sadova A.R. , Khill J.S., Pashchenko N.V., Tarasova K.V. Critical Thinking Assessment in Adults: Methodology and Development Experience [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 105–116. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2022110409. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Anastasia R. Sadova, Leading Specialist of the Department of Analytics and Development of Diagnostic Tools, Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization "Russia — the country of opportunities", Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Julia S. Khill, MA in Psychology, Leading Specialist of the Department of Analytics and Development of Diagnostic Tools, Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization "Russia — the country of opportunities", Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Taras V. Pashchenko, Head of the Laboratory for curriculum design, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ksenia V. Tarasova, PhD in Education, Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Measuring New Constructs and Test Design, Centre for Psychometrics and Measurement, Education National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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