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Cambridge developed test to assess critical thinking skills of students

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019

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With an aim to assess candidates’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, Ashoka University has been using the thinking skills assessment (TSA), developed by Cambridge Assessment English.
 
A non-profit organisation, Cambridge Assessment English is a part of University of Cambridge. In 2018, they signed an agreement with Ashoka University, as part of which the latter started using TSA to select applicants in all undergraduate courses such as Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Physics, and Biology. The assessment is a computer-based test, and till date, Ashoka University has tested nearly 1,000 candidates.
 
Earlier this year, Cambridge Assessment English visited Ashoka University to get a first-hand experience of the impact of TSA. Rahul Sreemukar, senior manager, office of admissions, Ashoka University, said, “The functionality and the accessibility of content coupled with the remarkably user-friendly interface of the TSA has helped us in conducting our tests effortlessly. The test also helps us address the challenges that come with the evaluation and assessment of a diverse range of applicants within the Indian and international contexts.”

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