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What Is the Watson Glaser Test?

The Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA) is the first hurdle on the race to many high-profile jobs, especially legal professional and managerial roles.

This is no coincidence.

Among psychometric testing experts, the Watson Glaser exam is considered one of the trickiest and most challenging tests there are. Employers who use the Watson Glaser like Linklaters, Clifford Chance and the GLS, are doing so because they are looking for those candidates with the skill and grit required to pass.

All you need to know about the WGCTA can be found in the following video:


What Makes Beating Your Watson Glaser Competitors So Challenging?

The Watson Glaser test is one of the most competitive exams in the pre-employment assessment world. Not only because it is an objectively difficult test, with its own set of rules and unique question format, but also because of 3 other key factors:

  1. It is a comparative test
  2. It measures a single trait
  3. It has (mostly) a low number of answer choices

Let’s delve into each of these factors.

#1 - The Watson Glaser Test Comparative Scoring Method

The road to beating your Watson Glaser test requires that you get the best scores out of all the other candidates.

Back in the day, Pearson (the developer of the Watson Glaser) had tested large groups of lawyers and managers, to set score norms for the Watson Glaser based on their average scores.

Your score on the Watson Glaser test is represented as your relative position compared to these norms:

 

watson glaser score

Source: Watson Glaser Profile Report

 

Your potential employer will compare the profiles of all their probable candidates. Those with the highest relative scores will pass the test and move on to the next stage.

So, beating the Watson Glaser is not enough, since you will also have to beat the other competitors.

And they all probably want that job just as bad as you.

 

#2 - The Watson Glaser Measures a Single Trait

Unlike common aptitude tests that assess your ability on a multitude of subjects, the Watson Glaser test aims to assess one, single trait – your critical thinking.

As in any subject, some people have a natural gift for this. If you are one of those lucky ones, congratulations! It plays to your advantage on the Watson Glaser assessment. However, if you don’t possess this skill, you will have a more difficult task ahead.

Don’t forget, you have to beat THEM, too.

Leave the smugness and over-confidence to others. You have to come to the test with as much preparation as possible.

 

#3 - There Are Only 2 Answer Options

Most questions on the Watson Glaser (4 out of 5 sections) contain only two answer choices. This means that for most questions, you will have a 50% chance of getting a question right.

And THAT means that the difference between a good score (and a rejection email) and a top score (and an invitation for an interview) may be as many as 2-3 questions.

For this reason, it is so important to remain calm and to familiarise yourself with all the small but significant details that the Watson Glaser test is trying to trick you with.


The Watson Glaser Test Content

The Watson Glaser test contains 40 questions to be answered within 30-minutes, and contains 5 different sections:

  • Inference
  • Recognising assumptions
  • Deduction
  • Interpretation
  • Evaluation of arguments

 

watson glaser test


3 Key Strategies for Beating Your Watson Glaser Competitors (+ Sample Questions)

There are three main strategies to consider when it comes to getting the highest possible score on the Watson Glaser test:

 

  1. Know the Rules
  2. Learn to Let Go
  3. Develop "Critical Thinking Algorithms"

 

#1 - Know the Rules

The Watson Glaser has its own set of rules, unparalleled by any other critical thinking test.

For example:

  1. Generalisation equals existence (All A are B = the existence of A and B).
  2. The introduction of “Probably True” and “Probably False” answer choices.

In addition to this, the rules of the game change between the various sections of the test, and what was right on section 3 may be wrong on section 4.

That’s why it is absolutely critical to practise for the Watson Glaser test using material that was especially designed for it. General critical thinking practice material accustoms you to rules and requirements which are not relevant to the Watson Glaser. This type of generic test practice is more likely to hinder than help.

Take a look at this sample question from the Watson Glaser inference section:

 

Facts: Following a reduction in the number of applicants, the college has been asking students to evaluate faculty teaching performance for the last two years. The college's management announced that the purpose of these evaluations is to provide information to faculty about teachers' strengths and weaknesses and to help higher management make decisions about pay raises and promotions to reward the better teachers. Last week, Professor Burke, a recently retired senior lecturer at the college, wrote a letter in which he objected to these evaluations, claiming they compromised academic standards.

Statement: The college management does not care about academic excellence at all.

A) True     
B) Probably True     
C) Insufficient Data     
D) Probably False     
E) False

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is D (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, unlike in common critical reasoning tests, in the Watson Glaser you can use common sense and world knowledge when deciding between 'Probably' and 'Insufficient Data'.

 

What Leverage Does Accurate Practice Give You Over Competitors?

  • All practice drills follow the same rules as the Watson Glaser test.
  • Practice tests covering all 5 sections of the Watson Glaser test.
  • Coming face-to-face with Watson Glaser timed simulations will reduce stress and improve performance.

 

#2 - Learn to Let Go

Your two worst enemies on the Watson Glaser test are intuition and predispositions. A major part of your preparation process will be to uproot all your misconceptions about the right way to solve critical thinking questions and learn how to ignore any irrelevant information.

This may be the hardest part of this assessment. You must go against your intuition, against what you believe to be true in the most fundamental way, to get the question right.

Often, it might even piss you off. Trust me, we receive dozens of feedback from irate customers about how the answer we wrote to a certain question is not correct.

However, if you want to beat your competitors on this test, then you must think like the test does and NOT like you do.

This point can be made through the following sample question:

 

Statement: Professor Diamond grades his class based on a grading curve in which the highest grade in each class on the final counts as an A and the lowest grade as an F, with all other scores adjusted accordingly. So, if a midterm is worth 40 points, and the highest actual score is 36 points, then that person gets 100 percent and everybody else gets a percentage relative to it.

Conclusion: If a student in professor Diamond’s class scores 0%, he will get an F.

A) Conclusion follows

B) Conclusion does not follow

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is A (conclusion follows).

0% is the lowest grade possible, so you can conclude 'beyond a reasonable doubt' that if someone scored 0%, they will get an F, even if there were other students who scored 0% (in which case, they will all receive an F).

Note that we can think of scenarios in which it is unclear what grade someone who scored 0% will actually get. For example, if every single student in the class scored 0%, then this student's grade may be curved. This type of scenario is unlikely, therefore, it will not affect the conclusion.


What Leverage Does Accurate Practice Give You Over Competitors?

  • Detailed explanations covering every possible method the Watson Glaser uses to sway you.
  • Especially difficult and tricky questions to take your understanding of the test to the extreme.
  • A diagnostic test and score reports which reveal the areas in which you, personally, tend to make the most errors, so you can focus on improving.

 

Develop “Critical Thinking Algorithms”

The Watson Glaser test is definitely not a speed test. With an average of 45 seconds per question, most candidates are able to complete the test on time.

However, it undoubtedly adds to the stress and the tendency to make callous mistakes. The Watson Glaser has a variety of techniques to drag you into making such errors.

That can be prevented by formulating “algorithms” to turn any Watson Glaser question into a series of simple Q&As that will lead you to the correct answer.

Here are some Watson Glaser-tailored algorithms straight from our study guides:

  • Evaluation of arguments – ITDN table (Important, Trivial, Directly, Not directly)
  • Recognizing assumptions – The Negative Test
  • Inference – Common Inference vs. Common Knowledge
  • And more!

 

Question: Should employees who have over five years of experience in the company be bound by law to give employers an advance notice of 60 days upon resignation? Argument: No. Labour laws such as this one that protect employers discourage employees, making them less efficient in the workplace.

A) Strong argument

B) Weak argument

Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is A (Strong argument).

If you consider this argument as true, as you are required to, then this argument is strong.

Using the ITDN table, we can see this much more clearly:

  Directly related to subject Not directly related to subject
Important Strong Weak
Trivial Weak Weak

It is relevant to the question of whether there should be a law forcing employees to give two months’ notice before they can resign.

It is also important, stating that such laws would only render employees less motivated and productive. Therefore, the argument is strong.

 

What Leverage Does Accurate Practice Give You Over Competitors?

  • Solving hundreds of Watson Glaser-tailored test questions will make this way of thinking almost come second nature to you.
  • Your thinking process will be much more consistent than your competitors’, resulting in a substantially shorter solving time and a higher score.

Start Practising for the Watson Glaser Test

The Watson Glaser test is a difficult, highly competitive test that requires you to come highly prepared. By using proper practice methods such as:

  • Practising with questions that replicate the rules and requirements of the Watson Glaser test
  • Practising repetitively to uproot tendencies for intuitive question solving
  • Implementing thought algorithms and processes to create a uniform technique throughout the test and reduce stress

You will be able to ace the Watson Glaser test and outdo the other candidates, landing the job of your dreams!


Watson Glaser FAQs

Is the Watson Glaser Test Hard?

The Watson Glaser test is considered to be one of the hardest pre-employment tests on the market today, due to its unique and counterintuitive set of rules, as well as its focus solely on critical thinking.

What Is the Difference between Watson Glaser II and III?

The Watson Glaser III is a revision of the common WG-II test. The main difference is that the WG-III can be taken in an unsupervised setting, due to the "item-bank" from which questions are randomly selected.

However, WG-II and WG-II are identical in terms of topics, question number, and allowed time.

What Is a Good Score on the Watson Glaser?

A good score on the Watson Glaser is normally at the top 80% of test-takers. That score may differ relative to the job you apply to.

For instance, a score of 28/40 will put you on the 79th percentile of the general population, at the 69th percentile of managers, and only 49th percentile of law graduates.

Is the Watson Glaser Test Timed?

The Watson Glaser is normally timed and will allow you up to 30 minutes to complete all 40 questions. There are also untimed versions for candidates requiring adjustments.

 

 

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