For students, the test may seem like another frustrating barrier to entry to top institutions.
However, the value of the TSA extends far beyond this.
This is the first specification in A-level Critical Thinking (1771 for AS, 2771 for A2) offered by AQA.
It is divided into four units, as with most other A-levels from 2008: Unit 1: Foundation Unit (CRIT1) is an introduction to Critical Thinking, including arguments and their structures, and identifying simpler flaws.
The new AQA specification is quite different in approach, with less substantial writing and slightly more emphasis on statistics and interpretation of figures in short-response questions, accompanied by long-response ones at the end.
The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) is a form of assessment used to measure aptitude in critical thinking and problem solving.
AQA also offers Critical Thinking as an A-Level since 2008.
There has recently been a fall in its popularity as an A level subject, presumably because few Universities accept it, and AQA will not be offering it after June 2014. The A-level Critical Thinking (H052 for AS, H452 for A-level) is composed as follows: Unit 1, Introduction to Critical Thinking (F501) involves the language of reasoning and credibility assessment.
Success in the TSA is a reliable indicator that you are able to think quickly and accurately, and are adept in multiple disciplines.
You will need to rapidly evaluate and interpret information, and come to logical conclusions.