Gone are the days where you can write a five paragraph essay. Such rote writing assignments will barely earn you a passing grade in college. Why? Good question! Many, if not all, of your college-level writing assignments will demand aspects of critical thinking. Several professors will likely assign a critical thinking essay. These essays aim to hone a student’s analytical skills, or the ability to articulate a clear argument regarding a particular topic. Such writing assignments mandate the incorporation of personal insight along with analysis of key elements. University professors not only assess critical thinking essays based on writing skill and grammatical mastery but also the student’s skill in developing a clear, concise, logical, and supported argument. In other words, can you think critically?