Watson-Glaser

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal II – WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:

The Watson-Glaser assesses:

  • Recognizing Assumptions
  • Evaluating Arguments
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Overall Critical Thinking

Watson-Glaser description:

  • The Watson-Glaser is comprised of 40 multiple choice items and, while untimed, can be completed in about 35 minutes.
  • It is useful for assessing an individual’s ability to recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments, and draw conclusions.
  • Many businesses use the assessment for selecting employees, as well as for measuring current employees’ strengths in judgment, problem solving, creativity, and openness to experience.
  • Employers in business, government, and education have been utilizing this assessment for decades.

At USF Sarasota-Manatee:

USFSM uses the assessment to help diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of incoming students. We give students opportunities to develop these skills throughout their education, and then measure critical thinking skills again prior to graduation so we can see any improvements.

A note about score comparisons: If you take the Watson-Glaser as an incoming freshman, your assessment score is based on the “high school” norm. If you take it as an incoming transfer student, your norm group is “1-2 years of college.” Then, when you are about to graduate and you take the Watson-Glaser as a part of your degree capstone course, your norm group is “3-4 years of college.” The implication is that it gets harder to get the same percentile score as you progress through college.

We have our Critical Thinking Commitments posted all over campus! These are important to all of us. Click here to learn more about Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking.