Verbal Reasoning Test

What is a Verbal Reasoning Test?

A verbal reasoning test is a form of aptitude test used by interviewers to find out how well a candidate can assess verbal logic. You are typically provided with a passage of text and required to evaluate whether each statement is true, false, or you cannot say.

SHL is perhaps the most well known producer of verbal reasoning tests, and the most widely used. In a verbal reasoning test, you will usually be asked to select one of the following possible answers:

True - (The statement follows logically from the information or opinions contained in the passage)

False - (The statement is logically false from the information or opinions contained in the passage)

Cannot Say - (Cannot determine whether the statement is true or false without further information)

You are to assume that all the information in each of these written passages is true, and you should only use the information in each passage to work out your answer. Candidates should not use prior knowledge when answering verbal reasoning questions.

Candidates should respond to each question by clicking on the answer that is correct. If you make a mistake or want to change an answer just click to go back, or forward, through the questions.

Verbal Reasoning Test Technique

  • Work out how much time you can spend on each question and make sure it does not take you longer than this.
  • Be very careful- the questions are designed to trick you.
  • If displayed, read the question(s) before you read the text, so you know what you are looking for.
  • Do not use any general knowledge when answering questions. Everything you need to answer the question is included in the passage.
  • Passages must be interpretted literally as written- assertions that are implied are not necessarily true unless explicitly stated.

SHL-style numerical and verbal reasoning tests can be practised here.

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Practising Verbal Reasoning Tests

WikiJob has a series of online tests you can take as practice for the real thing.

These tests consists of 40 questions to be answered in 20 minutes (although there is no timer on the test itself). Unlike the real the test, you are not permitted to change your previous answers, so be careful. Our test is slightly harder than the real thing, in order to make it challenging practice.

You can take the test as many times as you like. Here is a free sample test for you to get started with (you must be logged in to take it):

Verbal Reasoning Practice Test - Free!

JobTestPrep also offers a wide range of professionally constructed verbal reasoning questions, written in the same style as PSL and SHL tests (the tests most graduate employers use to assess candidates). The questions are structured in a professional format, just like the real thing.