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  1. What is Talent-Q verbal Test?
  2. What Makes Talent-Q Verbal Test Unique?
  3. Free Test
  4. Expert Solving Method
  5. Sample Questions
  6. Top Tips
  7. How to Improve Your Score
  8. FAQs

 

What  is Talent-Q Verbal Test?

Talent Q Elements Verbal Test assesses your ability to understand and interpret written material - administered by Korn Ferry.

The test includes 15 questions and gives you 75 seconds time limit to solve the first question and 60 seconds for every subsequent question (15:15 minutes total).

Each question on the test includes a text passage followed by a multiple-choice question.

This test is adaptive (meaning the level of difficulty increases each time you get an answer correct and decreases when you answer incorrectly).

 

What Makes Talent-Q Elements Verbal Reasoning Test  Unique? 

1) Time limit per question: Most reasoning tests have a time limit for the whole test, which lets the test-taker manage their time by choosing which questions to answer first.

The Talent Q Elements Verbal test is different because a 60-75 time limit is designated per question.

 

2) Adaptive testing method: Most reasoning tests also provide a standard level of difficulty for the entire test.

However, the Talent Q Elements Verbal test takes your answer to a given question into account when determining the difficulty level of the next question.

Answering questions correctly will increase the level of difficulty, while answering incorrectly will decrease it.

 

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What Do the Test Questions Look Like?

The Talent Q Elements Verbal test consists of 5 different passages and 3 multiple-choice questions per passage (giving you 15 questions in total).

The passages are about 3 paragraphs long, and cover topics such as economics, business, politics, pseudoscience and technology.

For every question, you will have anywhere from 60-75 seconds per question.

This time limit means that you will automatically be moved on to the next question when time runs out, regardless of whether you answered the question or not.

 

What Will You Be Asked to Do on the Test?

First, you will be presented with a passage which you need to read. Afterwards, you will find a list of possible answers to choose from.

Usually, you are asked to answer which statement best suits the content of the text. But unlike other verbal tests, you may be asked to choose 2 correct answers.

For example: “which two of the following…”, in this case, the words “one” or “two” will not be bolded, so it’s up to you to pay close attention to the instructions in each question.

Additionally, you won’t find questions asking about explicit information in the text. Instead, you will be asked questions like:

  • “which of the following criticisms is found in the passage”
  • “which of the following best summarises the writer’s agenda?”
  • or “which of the following is implied in the passage?”

 

How to Solve Talent-Q Verbal Questions: 2 Solving Methods

When you approach the first question of each set, you have 2 solving method options you can use according to what works best for you:

  1. Read the passage first
  2. Read the question first

Both options are valid and have their own advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, it’s a question of personal preference.

To understand which method is best for you, try out both approaches when practising.

 


Talent-Q Elements Verbal Sample Questions

Let's start practicing a few sample questions, while applying one of the 2 methods stated above: read the passage first or read the question first.

 

Example 1

Bee Deaths

Wild species of bees are said by researchers to be responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world's crop production, performing an important role in preventing world starvation. Pollinating crops would be very costly without them. Lately, there has been great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have identified a number of risks posed to bees by neonicotinoid chemicals used in pesticides. Neonicotinoid pesticides are nicotine-like chemicals and act on the nervous systems of insects. The EFSA has found that these pesticides have acute and chronic effects on bee colony survival and development.

Although the European Commission is adamantly pushing towards restricting the use of neonicotinoid chemicals for crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators, and in some countries such restrictions are already in place, many farmers and crop experts argue that there is insufficient data to make such drastic restrictions that might harm food production. They argue that the report published by the EFSA last January specifically stated that in some cases it was ‘unable to finalise the assessments due to shortcomings in the available data’ since many of the studies it reviewed were conducted in a lab, and that other possible causes of colony collapse, such as the parasitic varroa mite, viruses that attack bees and neglect of hives, were not considered in the report.

A solution to this dispute may be found when examining the general principles of risk management. Apparently, in cases of action being taken under the precautionary principle, the producer/manufacturer may be required to prove the absence of danger from using their product, rather than waiting until hard evidence of the contrary has come to light.

Adapted from BBC News

 

Which two of the following are definitely correct in light of the text?

A) Only wild species are responsible for pollination
B) Bees prevent world starvation
C) Neonicotinoid is harmful for bees
D) The farmers' protest is money driven
E) The EFSA has banned the use of pesticides
F) Bee populations are in danger

✔️ The correct answer is both (B) and (F)

This type of question is not based on any specific section in the passage; rather it compels us to scan the entire text.

It is recommended in these cases to work with the statements themselves and try to locate them in the text (confirming or refuting them) instead of vice versa:


A) ‘Wild species of bees are said by researchers to be responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world's crop production’.

No one said that wild bees are the only species responsible for pollination- incorrect.


B) ‘Wild species of bees…perform[ing] an important role in preventing world starvation’- correct.


C) ‘They [the farmers] argue that the report published by EFSA last January specifically stated that in some cases it was "unable to finalise the assessments due to shortcomings in the available data".‘

Namely, it is not absolutely certain that neonicotinoid is harmful to bees – incorrect.


D) Although this might be the case, there is no evidence in the passage regarding the motives of the farmers and therefore we cannot evaluate the truthfulness of this statement- incorrect.


E) ‘European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have identified…risks posed to bees by neonicotinoid… [and] found that these pesticides have acute and chronic effects on bee colony survival and development.’

They did not prohibit the use of pesticides- incorrect.


F) ‘Lately there has been great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations.’

The collapse of a living colony means the endagerment of a species- correct.

Example 2

Generation without Frontiers

The current generation of young Europeans is the first to have grown up in a largely borderless and peaceful Europe, with all that implies in terms of mobility, multilingualism, and new cultural and economic opportunities. Whereas their parents and grandparents defined themselves along national lines, many young people today have added a European dimension to that description.

The EU’s Youth in Action programme aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance, as there is still a certain measure of political disengagement among young Europeans. The programme promotes non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue among European youth, as well as the inclusion of all young people, particularly those from less-privileged backgrounds. Its main goal is to bring young Europeans closer to the EU decision-shaping process by backing activities that encourage a sense of active European citizenship amongst them. Another important goal is promoting mutual understanding, by giving young people from different countries the opportunity to meet and learn from one another through intercultural youth exchanges. In addition, The Youth in Action programme encourages young people’s mobility within and beyond the EU borders, thus giving them the opportunity to expand their horizons and gain valuable life and work experiences.

Adapted from europa.eu

 

Which one of the following does the passage suggest about the older generation?

A) They lived in turbulent times
B) They were intolerant towards others
C) They were politically disengaged
D) They were multilingual
E) They received only a formal education
F) They never left their country

✔️ The correct answer is (A)

The question deals with the older generation. It is based on the introductory section in the passage.

Notice that the question is phrased: ’what does the passage suggest…?’

In other words, we can use the information in the passage to make inferences regarding the older generation.

Now that we understand the question and have identified the corresponding section in the passage, let us eliminate distractors:


A) ‘The current generation of young Europeans is the first to have grown up in a largely borderless and peaceful Europe’.

- We can infer that if the younger generation are the first to have lived in a peaceful Europe, then the older generation lived in times of turbulence and war.


B) Cannot be inferred from the passage. The Youth in Action programme might promote tolerance but this does not imply that the older generation were intolerant.


C) Cannot be inferred from the passage. The Youth in Action programme might promote political engagement but that has nothing to do with the older generation.


D) The text implies that today's generation live in a multilingual environment, so the opposite can be inferred from the text.


E) Cannot be inferred from the passage. The Youth in Action programme might promote informal learning among youth, but says nothing about the older generation.


F) Cannot be inferred from the passage. The Youth in Action programme might promote mobility within and beyond EU borders but doesn’t imply that the older generation didn’t leave their countries.

The only statement that is suggested by the passage regarding the older generation is statement A.

Example 3

Fire Resistant Furniture

The Upholstered Furniture Regulations (1983) impose requirements in relation to domestic furniture. All upholstered furniture sold in the UK must meet fire resistance standards. New furniture must be permanently labelled. Any second-hand furniture made after 1950 must be fire resistant. This includes sofas, beds, garden furniture, cushion fillings and all other types of upholstered household furniture.

The standards all furniture must adhere to are: (a) filling materials must meet standards so they don’t catch fire easily; (b) upholstery must be cigarette resistant; (c) covers must be match resistant; (d) a permanent label must be fitted to every item of new furniture.

The UK Fire Safety Advice centre advises that should a piece of furniture not meet the fire safety standards, this furniture should not be used anymore. If a proof of purchase such as a receipt or credit card receipt is available, a complaint should be made to the trader. In the complaint, it should be stated that this item isn't fit for purpose under the Sale of Goods Act. A refund or other goods that do meet the standards should be supplied.If a piece of furniture isn't fire resistant for certain, a report should be filed to Trading Standards against the trader.

These Regulations apply to all persons in the business supply chain from the supply of materials for use in furniture, through to the supply of the finished article as well as re-upholstery and re-covering. They affect all persons who supply furniture, furnishings or re-upholstery services including manufacturers, retailers and importers, and they also apply to persons who hire out furniture in the course of a business.

As manufacturers and importers are exposed to consumers’ complaints, they need to retain the information about the relevant ignitability test for a period of five years from the date on which the furniture is supplied to the retailer.

Adapted from legislation.gov.uk

 

Which of the below is NOT mentioned as required to meet fire resistance standards?

A) Furniture that was constructed or imported before the year 1950
B) All furniture that include upholstery
C) All covers and cushions that have filling
D) Furniture that was hired from a shop
E) Furniture that carries a permanent label
F) Furniture that was supplied five years or longer before the date of the complaint

✔️ The correct answer is (A)

This question deals with the type of furniture that must be fire-resistant.

Note that this is a negative question, so we need to find five types of furniture that are obligated to be fire-resistant and one that isn’t.

Also, the text includes a list of furniture that must meet the standards: “sofas, beds, garden furniture, cushion fillings and all other types of upholstered household furniture.”


A) The text specifically mentions that “furniture made after 1950 must be fire resistant”. This is the correct answer.


B) “All types of upholstered household furniture” is mentioned in the list above.


C) Specifically mentioned in the list above.


D) It is mentioned later in the text that all standards apply to people who hire out furniture.


E) Any piece of furniture sold needs to have a permanent label, as mentioned in the second paragraph, but that only means it was tested and proven to be fire resistant.


F) Manufacturers should retain proof of the relevant tests for five years, but after that period furniture is still expected to remain fire-resistant.

So, the only statement that is NOT mentioned as required to meet fire resistance standards is statement A.

 

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Talent-q Verbal test tips

4 Top Talent-Q Verbal Test: Solve Faster & with Better Accuracy

1) Pay attention to the instructions: As seen above, some questions only ask for 1 answer while others ask for 2.

Make sure to read the instructions so that you don’t waste your time searching for 2 answers when only 1 is correct, and vice versa.

 

2) Approach each question with fresh eyes: Don’t approach each question in the set as if it were the first.

Remember, Talent Q verbal test questions come in sets of 3 (i.e. 3 questions per passage).

Use your increasing familiarity with the passage; read each question first, then find the answer in the passage. If you do this, the second and third questions in each set should be easier for you and should take you less time than the first.

 

3) Once you answer a question, there’s no going back: Don’t skip over questions thinking that you’ll get back to them later - the strict time constraints in Talent Q verbal tests make this impossible to do.

If you think a question is taking you too long, take your best guess and move on to the next.

 

4) Don’t underestimate the inherent challenge in verbal reasoning: While job-seekers often find numerical reasoning tests intimidating, some have the opposite approach towards verbal reasoning tests.

But be careful not to fall into complacency. Verbal reasoning tests are not easy, and especially this Talent Q Elements test can cause you considerable trouble.

 

Note: If you decide to take your preparation seriously, know that we've got you covered.

We compiled tailored practice materials with the specific goal in mind to give you an accurate simulation of your Talent Q tests.

Using our test prep will provide you with the advantage of having previous experience and knowledge of your coming test and the unique challenge it represents.

 

How to Significantly Improve Your Score Within 2-3 days

There's a way you can use the short time you have left before your Talent-Q test to prepare efficiently and effectively using our prep materials to see results fast.

Just stick to the 6 day plan we've provided countless other job-seekers before you with great results:

 

Day 1:

I) Start off by 'Elements Verbal Test #1' from the ‘Elements Verbal’ section: This should serve you a a diagnostic test and help you locate your weak-points.

So, go over your answers, read the explanations carefully, and identify the specific aspect of the questions that you find most difficult.

Some people find locating the needed information in the text hardest. Other have trouble separating the relevant from the irrelevant. Some people read slow so they need to develop their scanning ability.

Whatever your sticking-points may be. Take your 'diagnostic' test and try to highlight what slows you down.

 

II) Go over the study guides and video tutorials: Read the 'Solving Tips for Elements Verbal' study guide in full.

It contains invaluable information about the question types, the typical wrong answers and how to spot them, different solving methods, and much more.

You should go back to the guides during your preparation to refresh your memory and make sure you are using all the tools they provide. 

 

III) Do some drills from the 'Verbal Analysis' tests: Apply what you’ve learned from the guide and video tutorials while solving your drills.

Go over your answers and read the explanations (to questions you answered correctly as well) – they might include a useful tip to help you save time or eliminating answers.

*The type of questions you have your drills are not the same type you will encounter on your Talent Q test, but they build the same skill and ability that you need for your test.

We advise that you practice them, as they can prove very beneficial to improving your performance.

 

Day 2:

I) Drill tests with time limit ("Verbal Analysis' tests" section): Complete each drill, then review your answers to learn from your mistakes (you should start to time yourself at this point to feel the heat).

 

II) Take your full 'Elements Verbal Test #2': Practice in timed mode to feel the pressure of time constraint. It will give you an idea of how you perform under a time limit and will help you get a rhythm. 

Review your test and try to take in and fully understand what you got wrong and what you can do to get it right (look to the explanations and guides).

 

III) Take your final test simulation: After a few hours rest (go do something fun and refreshing that doesn't involve taking in more information) take the 'Element Verbal Test #3'.

Then review your performance like you did in item II.

 

Day 3:

 If you have enough time, you may get better results if you take your final simulation (item III above) the day after your second simulation.

This way more of what you learned on day 2 will sink in over night (you'll be amazed what sleep can do for your learning curve!).

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FAQs

Although this test is not pass or fail, your score will be ranked according to where it falls in the benchmark score determined by the comparison group’s test results.

Normally, you won’t get a chance to take this test a second time because other job applicants will be after the same job position.

When taking this exam, you will be given a strict time-limit of 60-75 seconds for each of the 15 questions provided.

This test consists of 5 passages, with three multiple-choice questions per passage (for a total of 15 questions). Each of the passages are around 3 paragraphs long.

If you’re doubting whether practice makes perfect, then trust us when we say that the more you familiarise yourself with the test’s structure, questions and format, the better you will get at answering questions quickly and correctly.

Korn Ferry, the company that administers the Talent-Q tests say as much on their website:

"Putting time into practising the kinds of questions you may face in ability tests is the best way of maximising your performance and boosting your confidence."

The Talent Q Elements verbal test can be challenging due to the time-limit and the small amount of questions.

There are a wide range of employers who use this test during the hiring process.

Some well-known companies include; Coty, Genmab, Apvma and Betfair.

You will be given an open forum to ask questions regarding the test before taking it. Use this chance to ask any questions you may have.

You will most likely not be given nay breaks during the course of the test.

 

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