Learn About The SHL-style Reading Comprehension Test

SHL-style reading comprehension tests evaluate your understanding of the English language across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Find out more about these tests and begin practising online with JobTestPrep.

SHL Reading Comprehension
  • 16 SHL-style verbal tests
  • 26 verbal tests
  • 2 video tutorials and study guides
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Inside this PrepPack™ find 15 SHL-style examinations broken down into 9 verbal reasoning, 3 verbal application and 3 verbal analysis. To further help you in terms of verbal comprehension, find 10 verbal true/false/cannot say separate tests. There are an additional 12 vocabulary exams that cover topics such as 'odd word out', synonyms vs. antonyms, word completion and a separate test that strictly focuses on synonyms. As a featured bonus we have included 2 study guides to further help you comprehend how to respond to true/false/cannot say questions and verbal comprehension. Lastly, we will give you 2 video tutorials to further assist you with the 'true meaning of true/false/cannot say' tests and how to solve verbal reasoning questions.

A Little More Background

SHL-style reading comprehension tests measure a person's ability to read and comprehend written materials in English and in other languages. Reading comprehension tests are given at many different industries and job levels. This test is very important in almost any industry, especially in those which require employees to read, understand, follow instructions or use written material for the completion of a particular job. Although the questions in this test are rather easy and straightforward in comparison to other SHL-style tests, the strict time frames turn it into a quite challenging test.

Test Characteristics

The greatest obstacle of these tests is their limited time frames. Each question is timed individually, and you cannot return to unanswered questions.

  • Average testing time: 10-30 minutes
  • Average number of questions: 10-30 questions
  • Question format: Multiple-choice, randomised, adaptive
  • Abilities measured: Measures a candidate's ability to read and understand written materials

Test Content

SHL-style Reading Comprehension Tests are comprised of written passages followed by questions. Usually, each paragraph is related to one question only, which means there is more to read and less time to digest the passage's content. The answers may come in a multiple-choice form or require the candidate to write a short written answer. The test requires no prior knowledge, with candidates instructed to use only information given in the passage to answer questions. The types of questions asked may be specific or general. Questions asking for dates, names or places are all specific questions which the reader can find inside the passage. In contrast, the answer to general questions can only be determined by fully absorbing the meaning of the whole passage.

Practice Samples

Example 1

Although Britain would not use African troops in Europe, as this would "undermine the dignity of the white man", to Britain’s horror and disapproval, France used some 160,000 Africans from its west African colonies in Europe, with another 65,000 used elsewhere. Britain used some 50,000 African troops and about one million ‘carriers’ in the African campaigns and some 1,000 were used in Mesopotamia. The death rates were high: in the east African campaigns, over 11,000 African soldiers and around 100,000 carriers died; some 22,000 were wounded and/or missing-in-action.

As opposed to Britain, where did France use African soldiers?

  1. in Europe
  2. in Mesopotamia
  3. in the African campaigns
  4. in India

The answer is a.

Example 2

Germany’s GDP grew at a mere 0.1% in the second quarter of 2011, compared with 1.3% in the first. The national statistics office said that whereas exports continued to be strong, consumer spending and construction activity were notably weak. The slowdown in Germany, the euro zone's largest economy, brought the growth figure for the whole euro area down to 0.2% in the second quarter, compared with 0.8% in the first quarter. The disappointing news on Germany came a few days after new figures showed France's economy flattening in the second quarter.

Low Consumer spending contributes to:

  1. growth
  2. stagnation
  3. slowdown
  4. cannot say

The answer is c.

To sharpen your verbal abilities, you are welcome to use our SHL-style Verbal practice packs.