Full Guide to The Recognition of Assumptions Watson Glaser Test
Shlomik Silbiger

Shlomik, Watson Glaser Test Expert at JobTestPrep.

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What is Included in this Section?

A statement and a proposed assumption will be presented to you for each question on the Recognizing Assumptions section of the Watson Glaser Test.

Your job is to decide whether a statement is made on the basis of a reasonably assumed assumption - that is, whether it is legitimately assumed.

There is no requirement that these assumptions be in accordance with reality or reason - your job is not to evaluate their common sense, but simply whether they are true or not.

Example Question

“We predict that the completion of supercomputer development will lead to a shortage of people capable of making use of all its capabilities.” 

There is only a short time left until the construction of supercomputers is accomplished.


Assumption Made
Assumption Not Made
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Let's use the Negative Test algorithm to see why the assumption wasn't made.

The first step is to negate the assumption that the construction of supercomputers will never be finished.

The second step is to evaluate whether the original statement still holds true. The given statement doesn't apply here, since it is merely a hypothetical claim, and doesn't relate to the likelihood of developing supercomputers.

Third step - if the statement continues to make sense, no assumption has been made.

For more practice questions see the Watson Glaser sample test.

Recognition of Assumptions: Solving Tips


Tip #1 – Use the Negative Test

Using the Negative Test will help you uncover hidden assumptions. This is the technique we used in the example question above, but be sure to practice it until you are proficient with it.

A complete discussion of the Negative Test technique is included in the Complete Watson Glaser Prep.


Tip #2 – Go to Absurdity

Similarly, this trick can often prove useful when dealing with Watson Glaser Recognition of Assumptions.
As an example, let's take the question from above again:

“We predict that the completion of supercomputer development will lead to a shortage of people capable of making use of all its capabilities.”

We can now turn this into an absurd statement and see whether the proposed assumption holds up:

“We predict that an alien invasion will lead to a world crisis.”

In other words, the statement does not assume an invasion is inevitable, only that if it occurs, a world crisis will ensue.

As for the supercomputer example, the same applies. Watson Glaser’s Assumptions section does not require statements or assumptions to make sense – they just need to be in harmony.

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