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Preparing for the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment

Are you scheduled to take the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal assessment for training or selection and looking for a practice test?

Then I have bad news for you.

Because the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal assessment is the most widely known assessment for measuring critical thinking skills and is most often used to select employees, therefore you will not find a practice test online.  In fact, if you’ve found a site that says it has the “real” questions to the Watson-Glaser, save your money…the site is a fraud.  We have a full-time team devoted to scouring the web to ensure that the questions in the assessment are not leaked.247479 audio 2

The Watson-Glaser is a measure of cognitive ability, so there is really nothing you can do in a short period of time to practice the test and increase your scores anyway.

The best way to prepare for the assessment is to clear plenty of time (at least 30-45 minutes), make sure your environment is free of distractions, and read all of the questions carefully.

The assessment itself is made up of 40 questions and measures your skills in thinking, reasoning, and intelligence.  What you can expect are questions that measure your ability to understand:

  • A strong versus weak argument
  • Relevant versus irrelevant data
  • Whether or not the conclusion follows from the data given
  • Whether or not there is sufficient information to make a conclusion
  • What assumptions were made

As you can see, those aren’t questions you can really study.  So, save your time searching the web for the answers.  They aren’t there.  Spend your time making sure you are focused, rested, and engaged when you take the assessment.  That preparation will be the best use of your time.

Good luck!

Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens. She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.

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3 comments on this post.
  1. Char Psychology Tutor:Mentor:

    I disagree, I think you offer some good insights into How to prep for the test in a short time~ focus on what is a strong argument, how to determine what data is relevant or not to an argument, how to determine if sufficient information is provided to reach a conclusion and how to be aware of one’s own assumptions as well as assumptions within an argument.

    e.g., I googled “how to identify assumptions in an argument” and chose this piece of reading http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/arg/hidden.php

  2. Breanne:

    That is a huge compliment, Char! I really appreciate it! We do try to teach basic critical thinking skills here based on the RED Model and hope that those lessons transfer into everyday life. Thanks!

  3. Char Psychology Tutor:Mentor:

    You deserve it! And I get to apply some of that critical thinking you are helping me to continually practice as a life long learner ~:-)

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