Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (W-GCTA)

We help you identify and develop incisive decision-making abilities in your high-pot employees and business leaders

How long will your company survive if your staff continues to make poor decisions that cost you a fortune?

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (W-GCTA) is the leading critical thinking ability instrument used to assess and hone problem-solving and decision making skills of your employees. Several successful organizations and universities across the world use the Watson-Glaser to hire able managers, develop high-potential employees, shortlist leaders for their succession pipeline and admit students into demanding career programs.

In today’s dynamic and uncertain workplace, employees often function with limited direction from peers and managers. The competitive marketplace requires employees at all levels to define the momentum of the organization’s growth. The need of the hour is to identify and develop employees who are able to make the right decisions and solve problems on their own irrespective of their location in the organization’s hierarchy without regular guidance.

  • Competency areas – Judgment, problem solving, decision-making, creativity, innovation
  • Administration type Online
  • Test duration 35 to 50 minutes

Product Description

The Watson-Glaser is the gold standard for measuring and developing critical thinking ability, the pivotal plinth for superior decision making, problem solving, and career success in the 21st century.

The Watsob-Glaser Crtical Thinking Appraisal consists of:

  • Two 40-item short forms administered online; Forms D and E
  • Three Reports; Profile Report, Interview Report, Development Report
  • Technical Manual

Product Features

  • Measures critical thinking ability, reasoning and intelligence
  • Predicts power of judgment, problem solving, ability to draw sound conclusions, creativity, and more
  • Provides insight into the test-taker’s emotional intelligence
  • Sieves “bright” from “exceptional”
  • Groups test-takers into low, average, and high critical thinkers
  • Suggests critical thinking based job behaviours for success at workplace
  • Actionable reports – Profile, Interview, and Development
  • Based on Pearson’s simplified 3 factor RED model
  • Used by major corporations, consultants and students since many years
  • Correlates with leading personality and intelligence assessments
  • Available in multiple languages
  • Available in online and paper-pencil versions

Product Benefits

  • All-in-one test for identifying high potential across many jobs and applications
  • Aligns with the most sought after skills identified in various researches and surveys
  • Percentile and raw scores help understand how an individual ranks compared to an entire pool of test-takers
  • Sheds light on the likelihood of how someone might act on the job in specific situations
  • Three distinctive report formats help you see the over critical thinking score of the individual and how s/he compares to the norm group, conduct a structured interview, and help develop critical thinking i.e. problem solving and decision making skills through a developmental report format
  • Provides a ready-reckoner framework for critical thinking that is logically appealing, easy-to-interpret and apply
  • Distinguishes across high ability levels and enables one to see varying shades of critical thinking in test-takers
  • Extensive norm groups and validation studies available across industries and markets including those for India
  • Offers administration formats


  1. Profile Report: See the score and some predictive behaviours
  2. Interview Report: Conduct a critical thinking behavioural interview
  3. Development Report: Build a custom learning & development plan to enhance an individual’s skills

W-GCTA is based on Pearson’s RED Model of critical thinking:

Critical thinking is organised into an easy-to-interpret 3-factor “RED” model:

Assumptions are statements that are implied to be true in the absence of proof. Identifying assumptions helps in discovery of information gaps and enriches views of issues. Assumptions can be unstated or directly stated. The ability to recognise assumptions in presentations, strategies, plans, and ideas is a key element in critical thinking. Being aware of assumptions and directly assessing their appropriateness to the situation helps individuals evaluate the merits of a proposal, policy, or practice.

Arguments are assertions that are intended to persuade someone to believe or act a certain way. Evaluating arguments is the ability to analyse such assertions objectively and accurately. Analysing arguments helps in determining whether to believe them or act accordingly. It includes the ability to overcome a confirmation bias – the tendency to look for and agree with information that confirms prior beliefs. Emotion plays a key role in evaluating arguments as well. A high level of emotion can cloud objectivity and the ability to accurately evaluate arguments.

Drawing conclusions consists of arriving at conclusions that logically follow from the available evidence. It includes evaluating all relevant information before drawing a conclusion, judging the plausibility of different conclusions, selecting the most appropriate conclusion, and avoiding over-generalisation beyond the evidence.


W-GCTA is an online assessment delivered through our Talent Assessment Platform (TAP). Pricing for online assessments is determined by a sliding scale, based on the quantity purchased.


The Watson-Glaser
“The Watson-Glaser is an insightful and highly relevant tool for both career advancement decisions and the selection of right talent in organizations. We have been deploying this tool alongside our current assessment methodologies in various scenarios. The Watson-Glaser has helped us in generating effective critical thinking information about candidates.”
– Lokesh Nigam, Consultant, Price Waterhouse Coopers
“As a consultant who partners with organizations to select the right people for the right roles, the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal has been predictive in determining whether people have the problem-solving skills to be successful in today’s, fast-paced environment.”
– Hay Group