HEIghten® Critical Thinking Challenge

Show what you know — and what you can do

Organizer:Educational Testing Service (ETS)

ETS is the world largest not-for-profit organization in educational assessment and research, also the most authoritative organization in operating TOEFL.

HEIghten® Critical Thinking Challenge

In order to meet the academic measurement requirement of 21st century, ETS has a team of researchers and test developers specifically to develop HEIghten® Challenge, which aims to enable colleges and universities to measure the student learning outcomes (SLOs) that are essential for academic success. Some of the examples of SLOs are like critical thinking, quantitative literacy, intercultural competency & diversity, written communication, etc.

HEIghten® Critical Thinking Challenge is the first HEIghten® Challenge that is introduced by ETS, the launching has received international attention and has been widely recognized by the U.S., Korea, Russia, China, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, India and many other countries. Today, you will also find the translated version of HEIghten® Critical Thinking Challenge in Mandarin, Russian, Korean and Spanish.

Starting from 2019, ASDAN China is cooperating with ETS for the organization of HEIghten® Critical Thinking Challenge in China, hoping to extend the expansion of the challenge to more students.




Time (55 minutes)

25th April 2020 (Saturday), 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.


Written-test, Multiple choice questions

Academic Material

Sample exercise

Registration deadline

10th April 2020

Eligible Participants

Grade 7 - 12 (Middle school and high school students)


Exam centers in China

Refund Policy
  • Withdrawal before 27th March 2020, will received a 100% delegation fee refund.
  • From 27th March 2020 onwards, all the applications for refunding are not acceptable, since payment has been made in advance for the logistics.
Competition Division
  • Northern Region:
    Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shandong
  • Southern Region:
    Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
  • Eastern Region:
    Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu
  • Midwest Region:
    Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Henan


Individual Award

  • National Honor Award: Top 3% of students in China
  • High Distinction:Top 10% of students in China
  • Distinction:Top 25% of students in China
  • Credit Award:Top 35% of students in China
  • Proficiency: Top 20% of students (in each region); (Exclude National Awards)

School Awards

The cumulative score for the top 10 students (in the same school) will be calculated as the total score of the school. If the school has less than 10 students participating in the challenge, the cumulative score of all the students in the school who participated in the challenge will be calculated as the total score of the school.

  • National School Gold Award:Top 10 schools in China
  • National School Silver Award:Top 15% of schools in China
  • National School Bronze Award:Top 30% of schools in China
  • Regional Outstanding Award:Top 10 schools (in each region); (Exclude National Awards)

Score Reports

Test-taker Score Reports (Students)

HEIghten® Critical Thinking Challenge (HCTC) is also a tool that enables the student to measure his/her critical thinking skill. Students who complete HCTC will receive a score report. We hope each student use the result to guide their curriculum improvement and to measure growth and development. This score report can also be used as actionable data to show that students have learned the general education skills needed.

Institutional Score Reporting (School)

ETS will give each school a detailed-score report regarding their students’ performance in HCTC. This will not only help your institution to understand the performance level of the test-takers (student) in the institution, and also compare institutional performance using national comparative data. (These data will only be shared within the school, the organizing committee will not share the institutional score reporting of an institution to other institution).

Exam Centers

( Updated 29.10 - More exam centers will be updated soon )

Senior Division:

Junior Division: