Watson Glaser III Assessment

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What is Watson Glaser III

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking III is a powerful tool that identifies the critical thinking skills of candidates with management potential. This is the ability or mental capacity to view a complex business or work situation from multiple perspectives, to separate facts from opinions and assumptions, and to do so often under pressure. This effective assessment tool has now been amply proven and is used effectively by both profit and non-profit organizations to develop critical thinking skills and effective decision-making in employees.

Critical Thinking is the developable skill of distinguishing facts from assumptions, evaluating arguments and drawing the correct conclusion based on them. In today’s rapidly changing and complex world, Critical Thinking is becoming one of the most important skills of this century. The Watson Glaser III is designed to provide a quick, consistent and accurate picture of employees’ (management) potential for critical thinking. The test is designed to provide a quick, consistent and accurate measurement of the ability to: Analyze, reason, interpret and draw logical conclusions from written information.

Benefits of the Watson Glaser III:

  • Cost and time savings in recruiting: candidates with insufficient management potential are filtered out, reducing risk of improper hiring.
  • Data-driven decision-making: Create a culture where choices are based on realistic and hard data rather than gut feeling, incorrect assumptions and moods (groupthinking).
  • Developing future managers and leaders: Use the assessment to train your current employees with potential to become the future managers and key decision makers within your company.


  1. Recruitment: Suppose you want to hire a new manager. With the Watson Glaser III, you can assess the candidate’s ability to analyze complex business and work situations and draw logical conclusions.
  2. Development: Your current team leader wants to advance to a heavier management position. By using the Watson Glaser III, you can evaluate his or her critical thinking skills and create a targeted development plan.
  3. Strategic Planning: Suppose your company needs to make an important strategic decision, such as entering a new market or launching a new product. By deploying the Watson Glaser III, you can evaluate your team’s critical thinking skills and ensure that informed decisions are based on data, facts and logic.
  4. Conflict Management: Conflict can arise in a team environment. By deploying the Watson Glaser III, you can assess how well your team members can analyze conflict, understand different perspectives and find constructive solutions. This helps promote a safe, positive work culture and effective collaboration.

The 5 scales of Watson Glaser III:

The Watson Glaser 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 skills.

The five subtests listed here require different, though interdependent, applications of analytical reasoning in a verbal context.

  1. Drawing inferences – Assess the probability of the truth of inferences based on the information given.
  2. Recognizing assumptions – Identification of unstated assumptions or presuppositions underlying certain statements.
  3. Deducing – Determining whether conclusions follow logically from given information/data
  4. Interpret – Weigh the evidence and decide whether generalizations or conclusions based on data are warranted.
  5. Evaluate arguments – Evaluate the strength and relevance of arguments related to a particular question or issue.

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