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Watson-Glaser Test

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. 
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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.  

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 details

There are currently two popular test formats:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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:

  • Drawing inferences  this is the ability to draw conclusions from 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 test each question contains a statement to be regarded as true, followed by some inferences. You have five options with which to answer – True, Probably True, Inadequate Data, False and Probably False. This is an expansion of the true/false/cannot say format commonly found in verbal reasoning tests, taken to a higher level of difficulty.

  • Recognising assumptions  the ability to assess whether a statement is justifiable based on an assumption given. You will be given two statements and must decide if the second statement can be justified based on the assumptions of the first statement. 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. Answers are either yes or no.

  • Deductive reasoning  the ability to weigh information and to decide whether conclusions are warranted. You must decide whether a follow on statement is necessarily true based on the first statement (not your general knowledge). Answers are yes or no. 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.

  • Logical interpretation – measures your ability to understand the weighting of different arguments given a particular question or issue. You are given a short paragraph to be assumed as true. You will then be given a suggested conclusion and must decide whether this conclusion follows on from the information beyond reasonable doubt (although not necessarily absolutely). Questions are in yes or no format.

  • Argument evaluation  the ability to distinguish between strong and weak arguments, where a strong argument is one which is important and directly related to the question. This section measures your ability to determine whether certain conclusions necessarily follow from information in given statements or premises. You will be given a question statement followed by an answer statement and must decide whether the answer statement is strong or weak.

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