Legal firms in particular are drawn to the Watson Glaser tests when they’re looking to hire new employees. That’s because Watson Glaser is an assessment provider that focuses on drawing out a candidate's ability to think outside the box. Their assessment consists of 40 questions that need to be completed within 20-30 minutes. There is an older version that is 80 questions long (you have to answer it in 60 minutes), but this is rarely used anymore.
The Watson Glaser test
The test itself is split into the following five sections:
Section 1 – Inference
In this section you will be given a passage of information and a related statement. You will then need to decide whether the statement is true, false or if you cannot say, based on the information you’ve read.
Section 2 – Recognising assumptions
Again, you’ll be given a short passage of information and a statement which is more of an assumption. You will then need to decide whether the assumption can be made from the information provided. This is to test your ability to separate fact from fiction.
Section 3 - Deduction
After reading through some information, you'll have to decide whether the associated conclusions are justified or not.
Section 4 - Interpretation
Here, you’ll need to look at the weight of various arguments relating to a particular issue. The passage of text will follow with a conclusion, and you will be asked to determine whether this conclusion is accurate, given the information provided.
Section 5 – Evaluation of arguments
Determining the strength or weakness of an argument is what you’re being assessed on here. You’ll read a question followed by an argument, and then you’ll need to decide whether the argument is directly related to the question and if it’s important or not.