Thinking skills assessments for high-stakes selection

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Thinking skills assessments for high-stakes selection

This paper examines the rationale for the use of admissions tests for high-stakes selection in higher education. It discusses the use of critical thinking and problem solving questions in such tests, and sets out Cambridge Assessment Admission Testing’s conception of ‘thinking skills’ with specific reference to the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) and Section 1 of the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).The paper concludes by considering how thinking skills content can add value to admissions procedures, helping to ensure fairness and reliability.

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