The reputable Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal is a robust measure of critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. It is distinct from, but can be complimentary to, verbal and numerical reasoning tests. Learn more about this daunting test with sample questions and practice resources.
The Watson Glaser Test is used in development and selection for graduates, managers and leaders; and has shown to be highly predictive of future job success. The test is relevant for a wide range of abilities and is normalised (and co-normalised); you will be judged against a respondent group when you sit this test.
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What is critical thinking?Critical thinking is a type of reasonable, reflective thinking that is aimed at deciding what to believe or what to do (Ennis, 1987). Encompassed in critical thinking are the skills of Rationality, Self-Awareness, Honesty, Open-mindedness, Discipline and Judgement (Kurland, 2000). The process of critical thinking involves thorough and careful interpretation of information as well as its subsequent application to reach justifiable conclusions.
These skills are necessary in many professions, particularly law, where a lawyer must evaluate different pieces of evidence. The Appraisal was created to test three main aspects of critical thinking – Recognising Assumptions, Evaluating Arguments and Drawing Conclusions.
Technical detailsThere are currently two popular test formats:
- Watson Glaser Form A. This is an older version of the test which is still in use. There are 80 test items across the 5 sections of this test – drawing inferences from fact, recognition of assumptions implied by a statement, deductive reasoning, logical interpretation and evaluation of arguments. The test takes approximately 55 minutes to complete.
- Watson Glaser Form B. An updated, short version of the original test, with 40 questions with 35 minutes to complete them. Includes higher difficulty levels and higher relevance to the business world in terms of content.
Candidates abilities are tested across the five sections:
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