Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Questionnaire For Students

The Gold Standard Critical Thinking Test

There is a reason why the Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal is the most widely used tool for selecting great managers and developing future leaders: It works. Developed in 1925, today the Watson-Glaser is the premier tool for evaluating the cognitive ability of professionals.

Watson At-A-Glance

  • Assesses critical thinking ability and decision making
  • Predicts judgment, problem solving, creativity, openness to experience & more
  • Long history of use in business, government, and education
  • Correlates with other leading ability and personality tests
  • Online administration at TalentLens.com - Register now and start assessing
  • Quick 40-item, multiple choice test with many reporting options


Watson-Glaser can be administered in these languages: Australian English, UK English, US English, Indian English, French, Dutch, and Spanish.

Science That Works

Watson-Glaser is the gold standard because it precisely measures critical thinking ability—one of the strongest predictors of job success. Nothing is more important than how employees question, analyze and make decisions under pressure.


The Watson-Glaser has a distinguished history, dating back to its initial development in 1925 by Goodwin Watson and E. M. Glaser, a professor and student at Columbia Teachers College. The first version was the Watson tests of fair-mindedness, published in 1925. The first extensive revision was the Watson-Glaser Tests of Critical Thinking, published in 1941. Then followed a series of revisions aimed at creating parallel forms, reducing the number of items, and improving the test. In 1994 a Short Form was published which increased its popularity in corporations. In June of 2009, Pearson published the Watson-Glaser II Critical Thinking Appraisal, introducing its easy-to-use RED model of critical thinking.

Watson-Glaser™ II Critical
Thinking Appraisal

Improve decision making and accurately identify top performers

How long will your company survive if your staff makes bad decisions? The Watson-Glaser™ II Critical Thinking Appraisal is the leading critical thinking test used to assess and develop decision making skills and judgment. Thousands of organizations and schools use Watson-Glaser to hire great managers, develop high-potential employees, and admit students into challenging programs.

W-G II is an untimed fixed form test that was developed for proctored (supervised) test completion. A new timed (30 mins) equivalent item-banked version of the test, Watson-Glaser™ III, was launched in January 2018. This is suitable for both proctored and unproctored testing.

Zoom In OnAt A Glance
  • Good decision-making
  • Judgment and problem solving
  • Practical intelligence
GLOBAL PRODUCT –Available in US, UK, Australian, and Indian English, Spanish, French, and Dutch

Lens: Professional Ability and Staff Development

Untimed: 35-40 minutes

Uses: Selection, development, high potential identification, college recruiting

Watson-Glaser scores are based on our easy-to-follow RED critical thinking model

  • Recognize Assumptions: Separate fact from opinion
  • Evaluate Arguments: Impartially evaluate arguments and suspend judgment
  • Draw Conclusions: Decide your course of action.


Three reports let you apply the results in many ways

  • Profile Report: See the overall score, subscales, and a few predictive behaviors
  • Interview Report: Conduct a structured critical thinking behavioral interview with sample questions
  • Development Report: Build a custom learning & development plan to enhance an individual’s skills

Visit our critical thinking site www.ThinkWatson.com for tools for ongoing critical thinking skill development.


Watson-Glaser II has been extensively validated to provide the most accurate picture available of critical thinkers. W-G scores correlate with:

  • Cognitive ability (e.g., r = .60 with WAIS-IV fluid reasoning composite; n = 49)
  • Occupational and educational attainment (e.g., r = .28 with job level; n = 432; r = .33 with education level; n = 581)
  • Job performance (e.g., r = .28 with supervisory ratings of core critical thinking behaviors; n = 68)
  • Attitudes or personality preferences related to critical thinking performance (e.g., for the correlation between Watson-Glaser II Evaluate Arguments and Myers-Briggs Feeling, r = -.27, n = 60)

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Sample Questions

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