SHL Verbal Reasoning Test

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SHL-Style Verbal Reasoning Test

This is a practice SHL-Style verbal reasoning test that simulates the real test. 

The test has 14 questions and you should aim to complete the test within 10 minutes.

All questions are multiple-choice. 

Make sure you read a question in full before answering.

Answers and explanations to the questions are provided at the end of the test.

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SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 1 of 14

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In the past few years, the government has turned to shock tactics to fight the battle against smoking and the burden smokers pose to the country's economy—manifested in sick days and health issues. The latest anti-smoking campaign showed tumours growing from a cigarette. Needless to say, this advert was contentious. On the one hand, the advert has become a viral sensation since its launch and has attracted plenty of attention to the subject. The government estimates approximately 300,000 people will attempt to quit smoking because of the campaign. One the other hand, some argue that using a hard-hitting approach is not the best way because people become very afraid. If someone thinks they might have cancer or a symptom of cancer, they're likely to push it out of their mind. Health experts claim the new campaign is not effective in targeting all smokers and recommend using it alongside other measures.

The advertisement is not effective because it scares people.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 2 of 14

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In the past few years, the government has turned to shock tactics to fight the battle against smoking and the burden smokers pose to the country's economy—manifested in sick days and health issues. The latest anti-smoking campaign showed tumours growing from a cigarette. Needless to say, this advert was contentious. On the one hand, the advert has become a viral sensation since its launch and has attracted plenty of attention to the subject. The government estimates approximately 300,000 people will attempt to quit smoking because of the campaign. One the other hand, some argue that using a hard-hitting approach is not the best way because people become very afraid. If someone thinks they might have cancer or a symptom of cancer, they're likely to push it out of their mind. Health experts claim the new campaign is not effective in targeting all smokers and recommend using it alongside other measures.

The advert was controversial.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 3 of 14

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In the past few years, the government has turned to shock tactics to fight the battle against smoking and the burden smokers pose to the country's economy—manifested in sick days and health issues. The latest anti-smoking campaign showed tumours growing from a cigarette. Needless to say, this advert was contentious. On the one hand, the advert has become a viral sensation since its launch and has attracted plenty of attention to the subject. The government estimates approximately 300,000 people will attempt to quit smoking because of the campaign. One the other hand, some argue that using a hard-hitting approach is not the best way because people become very afraid. If someone thinks they might have cancer or a symptom of cancer, they're likely to push it out of their mind. Health experts claim the new campaign is not effective in targeting all smokers and recommend using it alongside other measures.

The anti-smoking ad is funded by the Department of Health.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 4 of 14

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People who drink coffee appear to live longer, as drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. People who consume a cup of coffee a day are 12 per cent less likely to die, compared to those who do not drink coffee. This association is even stronger for those who drink two to three cups a day—18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality is present regardless of whether people drink regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine.

Adapted from: https://www.sciencedaily.com

Drinking coffee lowers the risk of dying of cancer.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 5 of 14

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People who drink coffee appear to live longer, as drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. People who consume a cup of coffee a day are 12 per cent less likely to die, compared to those who do not drink coffee. This association is even stronger for those who drink two to three cups a day—18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality is present regardless of whether people drink regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine.

Adapted from: https://www.sciencedaily.com

The more coffee people drink, the more they are linked with longer lives.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 6 of 14

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People who drink coffee appear to live longer, as drinking coffee is associated with lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. People who consume a cup of coffee a day are 12 per cent less likely to die, compared to those who do not drink coffee. This association is even stronger for those who drink two to three cups a day—18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality is present regardless of whether people drink regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine.

Adapted from: https://www.sciencedaily.com

People who drink two or three cups of coffee a day have a 6 per cent higher chance of living longer compared to people who drink one cup of coffee a day.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 7 of 14

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A growing body of research suggests that the regular, high-level use of more than one language may actually improve early brain development. According to several different studies, command of two or more languages aggrandizes the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as ‘executive function’ and research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children. While no one has yet identified the exact mechanism by which bilingualism boosts brain development, the advantage likely stems from the bilingual’s need to continually select the right language for a given situation.

The research suggests that ‘executive function’ increases with the number of languages mastered.


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 8 of 14

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A growing body of research suggests that the regular, high-level use of more than one language may actually improve early brain development. According to several different studies, command of two or more languages aggrandizes the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as ‘executive function’ and research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children. While no one has yet identified the exact mechanism by which bilingualism boosts brain development, the advantage likely stems from the bilingual’s need to continually select the right language for a given situation.

Which of the following is most accurate based on the passage?


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 9 of 14

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A growing body of research suggests that the regular, high-level use of more than one language may actually improve early brain development. According to several different studies, command of two or more languages aggrandizes the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as ‘executive function’ and research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children. While no one has yet identified the exact mechanism by which bilingualism boosts brain development, the advantage likely stems from the bilingual’s need to continually select the right language for a given situation. What is not an example of an ‘executive function’?


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 10 of 14

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A growing body of research suggests that the regular, high-level use of more than one language may actually improve early brain development. According to several different studies, command of two or more languages aggrandizes the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as ‘executive function’ and research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children. While no one has yet identified the exact mechanism by which bilingualism boosts brain development, the advantage likely stems from the bilingual’s need to continually select the right language for a given situation.

Which one of the following provides the best summary of the main point of the passage?


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 11 of 14

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Employees working within organisations have a legislative obligation to monitor the content of e-mails sent to external bodies and to eliminate potentially sensitive internal information regardless of the perceived importance of that information. To guarantee that employees fulfil their legislative obligation and to prevent the possible leak of exclusive information, employers have prepared mandatory contracts stipulating this responsibility, to be signed by all employees, and additionally, inserted a copyright section to every external e-mail that emphasises the confidentiality of the information provided. Employees’ carelessness in handling information circulated via email may result in serious punitive action.

Which statement does not follow from the passage?


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 12 of 14

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Employees working within organisations have a legislative obligation to monitor the content of e-mails sent to external bodies and to eliminate potentially sensitive internal information regardless of the perceived importance of that information. To guarantee that employees fulfil their legislative obligation and to prevent the possible leak of exclusive information, employers have prepared mandatory contracts stipulating this responsibility, to be signed by all employees, and additionally, inserted a copyright section to every external e-mail that emphasises the confidentiality of the information provided. Employees’ carelessness in handling information circulated via email may result in serious punitive action.

Which one of the following would best replace ‘stipulating’ while maintaining the meaning of the passage?


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 13 of 14

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Employees working within organisations have a legislative obligation to monitor the content of e-mails sent to external bodies and to eliminate potentially sensitive internal information regardless of the perceived importance of that information.

To guarantee that employees fulfil their legislative obligation and to prevent the possible leak of exclusive information, employers have prepared mandatory contracts stipulating this responsibility, to be signed by all employees, and additionally, inserted a copyright section to every external e-mail that emphasises the confidentiality of the information provided. Employees’ carelessness in handling information circulated via email may result in serious punitive action.

Which one of the following provides the best summary of the main point of the passage?


SHL Verbal Reasoning Test: question 14 of 14

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Employees working within organisations have a legislative obligation to monitor the content of e-mails sent to external bodies and to eliminate potentially sensitive internal information regardless of the perceived importance of that information. To guarantee that employees fulfil their legislative obligation and to prevent the possible leak of exclusive information, employers have prepared mandatory contracts stipulating this responsibility, to be signed by all employees, and additionally, inserted a copyright section to every external e-mail that emphasises the confidentiality of the information provided. Employees’ carelessness in handling information circulated via email may result in serious punitive action.

Which one of the following provides the best summary of the main point of the passage?