Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking AppraisalFirst published in 1952, the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal helps in assessing critical thinking skills in five areas:1
- Making accurate inferences
- Recognizing assumptions
- Engaging in sound deductive reasoning
- Interpreting information (i.e., determining what conclusions one can draw, beyond a reasonable doubt, from available information)
- Evaluating arguments (i.e., determining whether an argument is both important and relevant to the question at hand)
You can see sample questions here (pdf).
1 Goodwin Watson and Edward M. Glaser, Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (Yonkers, New York: World Book Company, 1952).
2 Harcourt Assessment is part of Pearson, Inc. as of January 30, 2008.
3 Norms are indicators of what a particular group of individuals with specified characteristics a "norm group" did when confronted with the test items. For example, the norm group of accountants showed a somewhat different profile of scores on the Watson-Glaser instrument from the norm group of bank tellers.
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