Verbal Aptitude Tests: Full Prep, Guides and Videos

Welcome to JobTestPrep’s verbal test section, the best place online for finding practice materials for verbal tests. The JTP advantage gives you expertly designed practice resources available by job level, test provider, and job type. Featuring practice tests, answer explanations, video guides and more, our practice materials are bound to help you succeed on your upcoming job assessment. Get started with your preparation today!

What is a Verbal Test?

Verbal tests are just one of the various types of tests which assess different skills associated with verbal abilities. The chart below can help explain the three major sections of verbal tests.

Types Of Verbal Aptitude Tests

Verbal Reasoning Tests

Verbal reasoning tests are all about drawing logical conclusions from verbal information. These tests automatically assume you understand the meanings of the words and phrases used in the text. Rather, verbal reasoning is the name given to a whole range of tests that use words and paragraphs to test your ability to understand, analyse, and interpret information in a written text.

Verbal reasoning tests can go by many names including verbal critical reasoning and verbal analysis. One of the most difficult verbal reasoning tests is the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal. It is used to assess lawyers and other high-level job candidates.

On verbal reasoning tests, you are generally required to identify whether a statement is true or false based on the information provided, or whether the information isn’t sufficient enough to form an answer. 

Learn more about these tests on our What is Verbal Reasoning page.

Reading Comprehension

Reading or verbal comprehension tests are often used in job assessments for operational level and support roles or for positions in which a large portion of the work involves reading and deciphering texts. No matter what level of language the test is, the format is always the same: a text followed by questions on the contents of that text. These written sections can be long, consisting of a few paragraphs, or short, comprised of only a few sentences. This test is a measurement of your ability to understand written information, analyse it, and interpret what you have read to answer questions. Often, you will be asked about specific vocabulary used in your field of work to make sure you are familiar with specific terms and concepts.

Find out more about reading comprehension tests for job assessments on our dedicated page.

English Language Skills

English language tests are used to assess native and non-native English-speaking job candidates. For positions in which excellent communication skills are crucial, these tests help employers decide who to hire. These tests cover vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and general language use.

Familiarise yourself with this area of testing with the help of our English language skills page.

Other Verbal Tests And Question Types

  • Critical Thinking Tests - Specific tests, such as the TSA for Oxford and Cambridge, are used in university admissions.
  • Analogies - This is a test of your understanding of what words mean and their relationships with other words. This can be included in a mix of verbal questions or can be it’s own test.
  • English Proficiency Tests - A measurement of how you follow instructions, vocabulary and spelling. Similar to the English language Skills test.
  • Verbal Application - This skill is usually tested through sentence completion, assessing your reading comprehension and ability to identify missing words.
  • Mixed Sentences - In this question type, words in a sentence are mixed up, and you have to identify the words in the wrong place.

Verbal Aptitude Tests by Job Level

Operational/Support Level Tests

This level of verbal aptitude tests is designated for general staff or operational and business support roles. This refers to sales positions, customer service, administrative, and any other roles that do not require a great deal of experience. Take a look at our practice tests for this level.

Graduate/Management/Senior Management Tests

Verbal aptitude tests for graduate programmes and management applicants are used to assess a candidate's ability to utilize and interpret written language. They may also be used to assess a candidate's ability to evaluate logic within arguments or to critically interpret complex data. Prepare for your verbal test by trying out our graduate/management-level tests.

Verbal Tests by Position Type

Verbal tests can also vary depending on the position or field they are intended for. This allows employers to assess if applicants have the specific verbal knowledge needed for a particular job. For instance, professional positions such as police officers, firefighters, plumbers, and sales representatives are all required to have good verbal skills.

Major Assessment Companies

The assessment company that produces the test says a lot about what you are up against. Each company has a different test format, question style, time limit, and level of difficulty. The most common assessment companies providing verbal reasoning tests for job assessments today are:

  • CEB’s SHL - CEB's SHL offer tests at a range of levels depending on the job you are applying to. Verbal reasoning tests are usually 18 questions long, and are usually multiple choice or true/ false/ cannot say. Tests are time limited, but the time allocation per question depends on the level of the test. CEB's SHL also offer verbal application tests measuring usage of English such as spelling, grammar and vocabulary. Find out more about CEB's SHL’s verbal reasoning tests on our site.
  • Kenexa - Kenexa provide verbal reasoning tests tailored to the employer’s recruitment. These verbal reasoning tests are usually true/ false/ cannot say format, and they are time limited. The Kenexa Infinity Series verbal reasoning test allocates 20 minutes to answer 24 questions. Learn more and prepare for Kenexa’s verbal reasoning tests with JobTestPrep.
  • Talent Q - Talent Q tests are adaptive, meaning that the questions change depending on whether you get the previous question right or wrong. There is no overall time limit for the test, rather each question has a time limit of 75 seconds for the first question of each set, and 60 seconds for each subsequent question. Questions are multiple choice, and you may be asked to choose more than one answer, sometimes you may be asked to determine whether a statement is true or false. Start practising for Talent Q verbal tests with JobTestPrep.
  • Cubiks - Cubiks provide tests at a variety of levels. In these tests you are given a short passage to read containing four to six facts and a statement on this passage. Your task is to decide whether the statement is true, false, or you are unable to deduce (cannot say) from the information provided in the text. For more information about Cubiks Verbal Reasoning Tests, see our dedicated page.
  • Saville - Saville offer tests at three levels depending on the position. Tests are time limited, usually offering three minutes per set of four questions, or less than one minute to answer. Saville offer verbal reasoning tests and comprehension tests, in a short or long format. Questions in the Saville verbal tests are multiple choice or true/ false cannot say based on a passage. Read more about Saville’s verbal reasoning tests on our dedicated page.
  • cut-e - cut-’s verbal reasoning tests have a very different from structure from other verbal tests. You are given a number of different texts at once, each giving different information on the general topic. The general topic may be a clothing brand and each text, shown on it’s own specific tab, contains information on a marketing strategy, a monthly report, plans for advertisements and review of competitors. There are 49 true/false/cannot say questions and to answer them you must find the right tab and make the correct decision regarding the statement provided. Learn more about these tests on our cut-e verbal reasoning page.

How Can I Improve At Verbal Tests?

Verbal ability, or your comprehension, vocabulary, and interpretation can be improved through practice. Simply taking practice tests and having exposure to the types of questions you will experience on the real test can relax you, improve your confidence, and increase your speed and accuracy.

However, understanding the underpinning principles of the tests and what you are doing right and wrong on the tests will contribute even more to your success in these tests. The key elements to prepare for when preparing for a verbal reasoning test are:

  • Accuracy in answering questions.
  • The speed at which you answer (most verbal reasoning tests are time limited).
  • Understanding the passage and how to answer the questions.

How Can JobTestPrep Help Me Prepare?

JobTestPrep has created practice tests along the same format as the main test providers, thus enabling you to prepare for the tests employers use. We constantly revise our tests to ensure they are up-to-date with the most recent trends. Use all the information provided by your recruiting employer to choose the correct product to buy and guarantee your success.

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