Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (W-G CTA)

Identify and develop decision-making ability in your managers, high-potential individuals and leaders

How long will your company survive if your staff makes bad decisions?

The Watson-Glaser 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.

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
  • 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 foundation of better decision making, problem solving, and career success in the 21st century.

The test 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 thinking, reasoning and intelligence
  • Predicts judgment, problem solving, creativity, and more
  • Classifies individuals as low, average, and high
  • Suggests critical-thinking based job behaviours
  • Actionable reports – Profile, Interview, and Development
  • Simplified 3-factor model
  • Questions separate “bright” from “exceptional”
  • Long history of use by major corporations, consultants
  • Correlations with leading personality and intelligence tests
  • Multi-lingual versions
  • Online and paper administrations

Product Benefits

  • All-in-one test for identifying high potential across many jobs and applications
  • Aligns with multiple 21st century skills identified by a public/private consortium
  • Percentile and raw scores show you how an individual ranks
  • Reveals how someone might act on the job in specific situations
  • Three views of individual let you see the score, conduct an interview, and develop skills
  • Logically appealing and easy-to-interpret model provides a framework for critical thinking
  • Distinguishes across high ability levels to see shades of critical thinking
  • Extensive norm groups from around the world, including India, and validation studies across industries and markets
  • A richer picture when used together with other instruments
  • Flexible administration formats to suit your needs and your test takers


  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