What is a Verbal Reasoning Test?
Verbal reasoning tests are a form of aptitude test used by interviewers to find out how well a candidate can assess verbal logic. SHL is perhaps the most well known producer of verbal reasoning tests, and the most widely used.
In a verbal reasoning test, you are typically provided with a passage, or several passages, of information and required to evaluate a set of statements by selecting 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.
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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):
If that was useful, you may also like to try our Aptitude Tests, which include 10 numerical reasoning tests and 8 verbal reasoning tests. These have been designed to simulate the questions typically used in online assessments. Although they do not contain any questions from the real tests, they are based upon them, and designed to provide practice to help you through. Each test is automatically marked at the end and you are given your percentile, which shows how you did in relation to everybody else who took the test.
Assessment Day 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). There are 17 verbal reasoning tests to practise, comprising over 450 questions, in a structured professional format just like the real thing. Click below to find out more.