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.

Zoom In On At A Glance
  • Good decision-making
  • Judgment and problem solving
  • Openness to new experience
  • 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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