What does the Watson Glaser test measure?
One of the most established and reputable global tests, the Watson Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal is designed to be a quick, consistent, and accurate measure of the ability to: Analyse, reason, interpret and draw logical conclusions from written information.
The test is suitable for appraising adults (16 years and above), and has been revised and improved many times since its launch several decades ago.
The Watson-Glaser test has five scales that are the building blocks of critical thinking and reasoning. The questions are of varying difficulty and format to measure all areas of critical thinking ability.
The five subtests, listed here, require different, though interdependent, applications of analytical reasoning in a verbal context.
- Drawing inferences - Rating the probability of the truth of inferences based on the information given.
- Recognising assumptions - Identifying unstated assumptions or presuppositions underlying given statements.
- Deducing - Determining whether conclusions follow logically from given information/data
- Interpreting - Weighing the evidence and deciding if generalizations or conclusions based on data are warranted.
- Evaluating arguments - Evaluating the strength and relevance of arguments with respect to a particular question or issue.