Summary: University of Virginia
Undergraduate Competency Assessments 2010-2017
Note: The schedule, definitions, standards, and methodologies cited below are subject to change.
Definition Standards Description of Methodology
Critical thinking is the process of analyzing, evaluating, and constructing
arguments based on their merits.
SKILL AREAS ASSESSED BY THE CAT INSTRUMENT
Separate factual information from inferences that might be used to interpret those facts.
Identify inappropriate conclusions.
Understand the limitations of correlational data.
Identify evidence that might support or contradict a hypothesis.
Identify new information that is needed to draw conclusions.
Separate relevant from irrelevant information when solving a problem.
Learn and understand complex relationships in an unfamiliar domain.
Interpret numerical relationships in graphs and separate those relationships from