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Watson Glaser Test Preparation - Practice Critical Thinking Skills

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The Watson Glaser test is designed to assess critical thinking ability and decision making. Learn more about critical thinking, the five sections of the test, your scorecard and gain Watson Glaser test tips with our specially created Watson Glaser practice pack.

About the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Test

The Watson Glaser critical thinking appraisal is a verbal-style test produced by Pearson TalentLens in the UK. This test is used by employers as either an online test, usually unsupervised at home or in some cases at a Pearson Vue test centre; or as a paper version, which will only be used in an assessment centre.

The Watson Glaser test contains 40 questions in five sections to be completed in 30 minutes.

This test is suitable for graduates, managers and senior managers across a range of professions, including lawyers, accountants and the finance sector. Your results are assessed against a norm group relevant to the position you are applying to, or against a company specific norm group.

What is critical thinking?

Critical thinking as applied in the Watson Glaser test is the ability to look at a situation, assess it, consider and understand multiple perspectives, and recognise and separate out the facts from opinions and assumptions.
Critical thinking is used at several stages in problem solving and decision making:

  • Defining the problem
  • Selecting the relevant information to solve the problem
  • Recognise the assumptions that are both written and not written in the statement
  • Create hypotheses and select the most relevant and creditable solutions
  • Come to valid conclusions and judge the validity of inferences

These skills are necessary in many professions, from law to accountancy where you must be able to evaluate evidence thoroughly before making a decision, particularly law, where a lawyer must evaluate different pieces of evidence.

Watson Glaser Test Questions

The Watson Glaser tests are split into five sections, each testing a different ability and with its own question type.

Section 1: Inference

In this section you are asked to draw conclusions from observed or supposed facts. For example, if a baby is crying and it is feeding time you may infer that the baby is hungry. However, the baby may be crying for other reasons – maybe it is hot. In this section you are given a short text containing a set of facts you should consider as true. Below this is a statement that could be inferred from the text. You need to make a judgement on whether this statement is indeed valid based on what you have read.

In these section you are asked to evaluate whether the statement is true, probably true, insufficient data, probably false or false.

Section 2: Recognising Assumptions

In this section you are asked to recognise whether an assumption, or something we take for granted is justifiable or not. Here you are given a statement followed by an assumption on that statement. You need to establish whether this assumption is made in the statement or not. You are being tested on your ability to take things for granted which are not necessarily true. For example you may say ‘I’ll have the same job in three months’, but you would be taking for granted the fact that your workplace will not make you redundant, that you won’t decide to quit and other similar things.

You are asked to choose between assumption made and assumption not made.

Section 3: Deduction

In this section of the test you are tested on the ability to weigh information and to decide whether conclusions are warranted. You are given a statement of facts followed by a proposed conclusion on what you have read. For example, ‘no-one in authority can avoid making uncomfortable decisions’. You must then decide whether a statement such as ‘all people must make uncomfortable decisions’, is warranted from the first statement. 

You need to assess whether the conclusion follows or the conclusion does not follow what is contained in the statement.

Section 4: Interpretation

This section measures your ability to understand the weighting of different arguments given a particular question or issue. You are given a short paragraph to read, and take as true. The paragraph is followed by a suggested conclusion, which you need to decide whether it follows beyond a reasonable doubt.

You have the choice of conclusion follows and conclusion does not follow.

Section 5: Evaluation of Arguments

In this section you are asked to evaluate the strength of an argument. You are given a question followed by an argument. The argument is considered to be true, but you must decide whether it is a strong or weak argument, i.e. whether it is both important and directly related to the question.

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Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Test Results

Once you have completed your test, the five sections are marked, and your result is set out against the three keys to critical thinking set out in Pearson TalenLens’s RED model. These three areas look at your comprehension, analysis and evaluation, and are:

Recognise assumptions - the ability to separate fact from opinion.
Evaluate arguments - analyse information objectively and accurately, question the quality of supporting evidence and suspend judgement.
Draw conclusions - decide your course of action.

Watson Glaser Practice

This Watson Glaser test is used in recruitment processes as critical thinking ability is considered to be one of the strongest predictors of job success, as we all need to be able to question, analyse and make decisions, often under pressure.

The critical thinking in Watson Glaser makes this a tricky test to take. The timing in the test is not challenging, so you have the opportunity to consider each question carefully. Our specially created Watson Glaser test practice pack gives you practice against each of the five sections as well as two whole tests to ensure that you have mastered each skill ahead of taking the test.

Who Uses The Watson Glaser Test?

The Watson Glaser test is used by quite a few employers in the UK. Learn more about these companies by following the links below.

Have you been asked to take a Watson Glaser test? Is your employer not listed above? Tell us about it in the comments box below. 

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