The writing task usually offers a choice of interesting essay questions/statements for further discussion.
Preparation for the exam equips students with the ability to process vast amounts of information quickly, and also helps prepare them for future exams relating to their chosen career path.
For example, the TSA is remarkably similar in structure and style to the psychometric tests used by top employers.
Types of question include: verbal reasoning, numeric reasoning, spatial reasoning and deductive reasoning.
The format is usually multiple choice, although there are instances where an essay is also required (e.g. Please double check this before you sit the exam relating to your course/institution.
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.
Thus it shares a similar status to General Studies.
OCR offers Critical Thinking at both AS and A2 levels, as well as an AEA.
Critical Thinking A-level is a course designed to promote the skill of critical thinking.
Although it is generally regarded as useful skill to have developed as part of your overall education, it is not usually included in UCAS offers because of its lack of subject content and is seen as 'light weight' as a standalone subject.