Critical thinking: the 21st century's most in-demand skill set

The critical thinking brain

The 2016 Future Of Jobs report, published by the World Economic Forum, predicted that by 2020, critical thinking and complex problem-solving will be the most in demand sets of skills in the global jobs market, but also the hardest to recruit for.

Macat is a global leader in developing critical thinking skills. Utilising our unique PACIER model, developed with the University of Cambridge, Macat's critical thinking solutions help institutions, businesses and learners to effectively measure, analyse, and develop critical thinking skills, contributing to greater personal and professional success.

What companies say about Macat

The Macat Assessments and Learning Materials are a very useful element in leadership development. Helping leaders understand a range of critical thinking skills through clear definitions and worked examples is a valuable way to increase awareness of the skills and why they’re essential for effective leadership.
— OD, Change, Coaching & Supervision Manager, BBC
The ability to use critical thinking as a leader is, now, more than ever, a skill required by our current and future leaders. In partnering with Macat we have a solution that not only objectively assesses the 6 factors of critical thinking, but also provides bite-sized development to improve where needed. A modern tool for a modern world.
— Group Vice President L&D, Brambles

Critical thinking skills for all

Critical thinking skills for all

Macat's unique solutions have been purpose-built to help students, employees and continuous learners to think smarter, achieve more, and live better.


Solutions for universities, colleges, libraries and high schools


Solutions for organisations of all industry types and sizes.


Solutions for individual learning and reading enthusiasts.

Your complete critical thinking solution

Your complete critical thinking toolkit

Macat's sophisticated, multimedia solutions help assess, evaluate and continually improve critical thinking skills.

Macat Critical Thinking Assessment & Development

Macat Critical Thinking Academy

Developed in partnership with leading academics, Macat Critical Thinking Assessment & Development combines comprehensive assessments, powerful analytics and engaging learning resources to create one complete critical thinking development solution.


Macat Critical Thinking Assessments

Macat Critical Thinking Tests

Macat Critical Thinking Assessments are delivered on a powerful, all-in-one critical thinking assessment and measurement tool, to analyse skills gaps and identify the next generation of business leaders.


Macat Critical Thinking iLibrary

Macat Critical Thinking iLibrary

Analysis of the world's most influential books - proven to improve  comprehension of the text and critical thinking skills - curated in one multimedia platform and delivered in text, audio and video.


Macat Critical Thinking Analyses in Print

Macat Critical Thinking Analyses

Analyses from the Macat Critical Thinking iLibrary are sold in print by our approved reseller Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group. Visit the Routledge website for more.

What leaders in education say about Macat

Critical thinking quotes from leads in education
Macat offers an amazing first-of-its-kind tool for interdisciplinary learning and research. Its focus on works that transformed their disciplines and its rigorous approach, drawing on the world’s leading experts and educational institutions, opens up a world-class education to anyone.
— Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Macat is taking on some of the major challenges in university education ... They have drawn together a strong team of active academics who are producing teaching materials that are novel in the breadth of their approach.
— Prof. Lord Broers, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
The Macat vision is exceptionally exciting. It focuses upon new modes of learning which analyse and explain seminal texts which have profoundly influenced world thinking and so social and economic development. It promotes the kind of critical thinking which is essential for any society and economy. This is the learning of the future.
— Rt Hon Charles Clarke, former UK Secretary of State for Education