Talentlens Critical Thinking Test For Job

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.

Critical thinking is the ability to look at a situation and clearly understand it from multiple perspectives whilst separating facts from opinions and assumptions. It is recognised as a key 21st Century job requirement for many roles.

Watson-Glaser is designed to be a quick, consistent and accurate measure of the ability to:

•     Analyse, interpret and draw logical conclusions from written information.
•     Recognise assumptions from facts.
•     Evaluate the strength of arguments.
•     Draw correct inferences.

Research also demonstrates a correlation of Watson-Glaser test scores with creative thinking ability.

Watson-Glaser is used primarily in the context of recruitment to measure critical thinking ability levels in job, university and business school applicants. It is also used in development interventions.

Adhering to the RED Model, Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal looks at

  1. Comprehension
  2. Analysis
  3. Evaluation


Watson-Glaser-III questions are:

•          Drawn from a new bank of business-relevant questions suitable for international use

•          Available in a number of languages

•          Suitable for unsupervised (unproctored) screening of job applicants due to its ‘item-bank’ design whereby questions are randomly selected from a large pool

•          Wide variety of norm groups. Bespoke norms can be created.

•          It is also suitable for online completion in a supervised environment such as assessment or development centres


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