Watson Glaser Test Preparation - Practice Critical Thinking Skills

The Watson Glaser critical thinking test is a unique test used in a variety of recruitment processes. Learn how JobTestPrep can help you prepare with free sample questions and a comprehensive online practice pack. The Watson Glaser test is designed to assess your critical thinking and decision making ability. Our expertly-created Watson Glaser practice pack will hone your critical thinking skills, teach you about the test's five sections, and give you valuable tips for success on the test.

Watson Glaser Practice Tests

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. It is administered 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 in an assessment centre.

The Watson Glaser test is split into five sections, and consists of 40 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.

The test is given to 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 and assess it; consider and understand multiple perspectives; and recognise and extract 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.
  • Recognising the assumptions that are both written and implied in the text.
  • Creating hypotheses and selecting the most relevant and creditable solutions.
  • Reaching valid conclusions and judging the validity of inferences.
These skills are necessary in the many professions where you must be able to evaluate evidence thoroughly before making a decision, and particularly in law; as lawyers need to read and evaluate large amounts of documents.

Watson Glaser Practice

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

The level of critical thinking in the Watson Glaser makes this a tricky test to take. The timing in the test is not overly challenging, so you have the opportunity to consider each question carefully. Our specially created Watson Glaser test practice pack takes you through each of the five sections, as well as two full-length tests, in order to ensure that you have mastered all the necessary skills prior to taking the test.

Watson Glaser Test Questions

The Watson Glaser tests are split into five sections, and each has its own question type that tests a particular ability.

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 – perhaps it is hot. In this section you are given a short text containing a set of facts you should consider as true. Below the text is a statement that could be inferred from the text. You need to make a judgement on whether this statement is valid or not, based on what you have read.

In this 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 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 avoid taking 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 various other possibilites.

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

Section 3: Deduction

This section tests your ability to weigh information and to decide whether given conclusions are warranted. You are presented with a statement of facts followed by a conclusion on what you have read. For example, ‘nobody 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 on 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.

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.

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