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Watson-Glaser Sample Questions

Use our free sample Watson-Glaser-style test to get an idea of where your critical thinking skills lie. The questions offered on this page serve as examples of the materials found in our Watson-Glaser-style practice pack. Once you have completed the free test, you will receive a score report with detailed answer explanations. Want more practice? Sign up today to gain access to our comprehensive Watson-Glaser-style practice tests, study guides, video tutorials and more.


Watson Glaser Sample Questions and Answers

Below you will find several examples of questions you will encounter when taking the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal test. The questions below include examples of each of the five Watson Glaser test sections: inferences, assumptions, deduction, interpretation and evaluation of arguments. Try to solve prior to looking at the answer and answer explanations.

Watson Glaser Question Example 1


Read the passage below to answer the following statement:



The correct answer is 'Probably False'.


This is a very definitive assertion that cannot be derived from the text. Even if the purpose of the evaluation is student satisfaction rather than trying to promote academic standards, it is very unlikely that the management does not care about the academic level at all. Remember, you can use common sense and world knowledge when deciding between 'Probably' and 'Insufficient Data'.

Watson Glaser Question Example 2



The correct answer is 'Assumption Not Made'.


The above text does not relate to employee satisfaction in any way. It might make sense that a workplace’s employees must be satisfied for it to be stable, but one does not have to make this assumption to make this statement.

Watson Glaser Question Example 3



The correct answer is 'Conclusion Follows'.


Technological companies = A, listed on OTX stock market = B, unstable for a long period of time = C.

According to the premises, (only A -> B), which equals (B -> A), and (no A -> C), which equals (A -> ~C). The combination of the premises is (B -> ~C).

The conclusion states (B -> ~C).

Like the previous question, this is a combination of the two premises. If only technological companies are listed on OTX stock market, and no technological company remains unstable for a long period of time, then no company listed on OTX will be unstable for a long time.

Watson Glaser Question Example 4



The correct answer is 'Conclusion Does Not Follow'.


The fact that no one has ever proven that babies who are slow to gain weight do not catch up with their peers, does not necessarily mean that they do catch up. The only actual piece of information we have in this passage is that nobody really knows what happens to babies who are slow to gain weight in comparison with their peers.

Watson Glaser Question Example 5

Evaluation of Arguments


The correct answer is 'Strong Argument'.


If you consider this argument as true, as you are required to, then this argument is strong. It is relevant to the question of whether there should be a law forcing employees to give two months’ notice before they can resign, and it is important, stating that such laws would only render employees less motivated and productive. Therefore, the argument is strong.


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What Is the Watson-Glaser Test?

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA) assesses your comprehension, analysis, and evaluation skills. It is commonly used by law firms seeing as critical thinking skills are important for legal roles. This often administered by employers online or as a paper-based test during an assessment centre. The Watson Glaser assessment is a timed test that is split into five sections, each evaluating a different skill. These sections include:

  • Inference: In this section, you will be tasked with drawing conclusions from observed or supposed facts. Once you have read the passage for each question, you will be asked to evaluate whether the statement is true, probably true, there is insufficient data to determine, probably false, or false.
  • Recognising Assumptions: In this section of the test, you will be tasked with determining whether an assumption is justifiable or not. You will do so by choosing the ‘assumption made’ or ‘assumption not made’ answer options.
  • Deduction: During this section of the test you will need to weigh information to decide whether the given conclusions are rational. You will do so by choosing between ‘conclusion follows’ or ‘conclusion does not follow’ for the statement.
  • Interpretation: This section of the test measures your ability to understand the weighting of different arguments on the given question or issue. You will need to choose between 'conclusion follows' and 'conclusion does not follow' and apply it to the suggested conclusion.
  • Evaluation of Arguments: During this part of the test, you will need to evaluate the strength of an argument. The argument is true; however, you will need to choose whether it is strong or weak regarding the question given.

Tips for Passing the Watson Glaser Test

Below you find some tips for passing the Watson-Glaser critical thinking test:

  • Practise. Practise is a great precursor for success. Practising allows you to familiarise yourself with the concepts and material you will be tested on, thus eliminating the element of surprise. By using practice tests and study guides prior to your test day you can boost your confidence and chances of success.
  • Manage Your Time. The Watson Glaser test is a timed assessment. Managing your time wisely while taking a timed test will ensure that you answer each question within the time allotted. Practising for your Watson Glaser test beforehand will not only help you improve your answering speed but your accuracy as well.
  • Relax – you’ve got this. By giving yourself ample time to study and apply all that you have learned beforehand, you should be able to pass your upcoming assessment with ease.


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How to Prepare for the Watson-Glaser Test

The best way to prepare for this or any test will be to practise beforehand. Our Watson-Glaser-style practice pack contains unique content, providing preparation for your critical thinking test. The pack contains a complete selection of Watson-Glaser–style questions, including practice drills for each section of the test. Each section is accompanied by solving strategies and tips to help stimulate your learning process.


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