Discover Your Thinking Style With Free Online Assessment From Pearson TalentLens

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“My Thinking Styles” Provides Insights for Becoming a Better Decision-Maker

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Business executives, students and curious individuals can now easily discover what their thinking styles are with the free “My Thinking Styles” assessment launched today on, Pearson TalentLens’ one-stop shop for critical thinking assessment, training, research and data, and lifelong learning.

Thinking styles are positive habits that contribute to better critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. While no one thinking style is better than another, a balance of the various types results in better decision-making. The five-minute online assessment, available at, measures how test-takers use seven different approaches to thinking:

  •     Analytical: clear thinking, orderly and rational
  •     Inquisitive: curious, alert and interested in the surrounding world
  •     Insightful: prudent, humble, reflective and strategic
  •     Open-minded: intellectually tolerant and fair-minded
  •     Systematic: conceptual, process-oriented and intuitive
  •     Timely: efficient, reliable and responsive
  •     Truth-seeking: independent, tough-minded and skeptical

After completing the assessment, individuals receive a report that shows them what thinking styles they prefer and gives a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses in decision-making. Armed with this insight, they can learn to properly balance the use of all of the thinking styles and, ultimately, become better critical thinkers and decision-makers.

“Corporate leaders tell us that their number one workforce development challenge is helping employees develop their thinking skills and become better decision-makers,” said Karen Chiang, General Manager of Pearson TalentLens. “A jumping-off point for discussions about thinking styles and critical thinking professional development, the My Thinking Styles report provides individuals with a snapshot of the thinking styles that they favor and helps them begin to think about ways they can adapt their approach and use other styles so they can make balanced, informed decisions that take many factors of a situation into consideration.”

A business of the global leader in education and assessments, Pearson TalentLens has more than 80 years of experience in talent assessment and publishes many of the most popular assessment and training programs used by companies large and small to make hiring decisions and develop their 21st century workforce. Other resources featured on, named for the company’s Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal, the industry standard in critical thinking assessment, include thought-provoking blogs and information about Pearson’s RED Critical Thinking Model – Recognize Assumptions, Evaluate Arguments and Draw Conclusions.

The My Thinking Styles assessment is free, but more information on leveraging thinking styles to improve decision-making will be available in Pearson TalentLens’ forthcoming book, “Now You’re Thinking,” slated for publication on Sept. 12, 2011.

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For more information:
Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8489 / adam.gaber(at)pearson(dot)com / @apgaber (twitter)


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