Talent Q's Elements Verbal test contains different features than other verbal tests that you may have encountered in the past. The Talent Q Elements verbal reasoning test is designed to assess your ability to understand information in a written form, evaluate arguments based on what you have read, and then answer questions accordingly.

Talent Q Elements Verbal Test

  • Target audience: graduates, professionals, and managers
  • Number of questions: 15
  • Time allocated: 75 seconds for the first question on each text, 60 seconds for each of the remaining questions
  • Question types: statements on a passage of text

The Talent Q Elements verbal test consists of five passages and three multiple-choice questions per passage (15 questions in total). For every question, the time allocated to both read the passage and answer the question is limited – either 60 or 75 seconds per question.This means that the system will move you on to the next question when the time runs out regardless of whether you have answered the question or not. 

When answering questions, you are presented with a range of possible answers from which to choose. You are usually asked to decide which statement best suits the content of the text. The passages can be quite long and contain an abundance of detailed information covering regulations, finance, or other subjects relevant to the corporate sphere.

Unlike other verbal tests, you may occasionally be asked to choose two correct answers. Make sure you read the question carefully as it is always made clear whether you have to make one or two choices; and unlike most verbal tests which have four answer choices, Talent Q has six answer options, making the test more difficult and time consuming. 

Additionally, Talent Q's elements series is adaptive, meaning that each new question is assigned on the basis of how you performed on the previous question. If you get the question right, the next question will be a little more difficult. Your final score will indicate the difficulty level of the questions you have answered. 

Talent Q Sample Question

Europe has long benefited from a dense railway network and is the world leader in the supply of railway systems. Employing 1 million people in rail operations and another 250,000 in manufacturing, the European railway sector has a 60% share of the world market and an annual turnover of €95 billion.

Rail transport offers a viable and competitive means of shifting more cargo traffic away from the continent’s crowded roads, thus improving traffic circulation and cutting vehicle-emitted pollution. The EU places particular emphasis on stimulating new investment in trans-European transport infrastructure such as rail, and supports research efforts to create new methods of interoperability, higher safety standards and the reduction of rail-related noise levels.

One of the main advances in the EU's railway system is the recently launched MODTRAIN project. The project brings together, for the first time, all the main European rail system manufacturers, sub-system suppliers and rail operators. Working towards interoperability of national rolling-stock systems, MODTRAIN offers a radical approach to rolling-stock construction. Its goal of reducing the number of single components in a railway carriage from 1,200 to 120 parts and cutting construction time by more than 50% should give a huge boost to the sector’s competitiveness.

(Adapted from europa.eu)


Which one of the following is NOT a feature of the railway system?

  • Reduces vehicle-emitted pollution
  • Provides large-scale employment
  • Reduces traffic from roads
  • Creates competition
  • Stimulates new investments
  • Generates high revenue


This sample question asks which of the answers is NOT mentioned in the text as a feature of the railway system. This negative phrasing means that instead of looking for information mentioned in the passage, we should determine which piece of information is missing from it.

How should you solve this type of question? Here, we will start with the answer choices instead of the paragraph and try to eliminate them one by one until we are left with just one answer we cannot eliminate. But we’ve got very little time to eliminate five answer choices. One great tip is to avoid reading the entire text and scan for keywords instead.

For example, take a look at the first answer choice: the main word here is 'pollution'. Briefly, scan through the passage and search for this word or other closely related words. This way, you can locate the information relatively quickly: the first sentence of the second paragraph says 'Rail transport offers […] thus improving traffic circulation and cutting vehicle-emitted pollution.' This confirms the first answer choice. Since you are looking for something we cannot confirm based on the text, you can now eliminate the first answer choice and move on to the next one. The same can be done for the second answer choice: scan for the word 'employment'. You’ll find this word on the first paragraph – 'Employing 1 million people'. So this answer choice can be eliminated as well. Repeat this process until you are left with the one answer choice that isn’t mentioned in the text – answer choice 4.

How Can I Pass This Test?

The Talent Q Elements verbal test can be very stressful. It includes several challenging elements, including the time limit, length and complexity of the questions, and the small number of questions. It is important to understand what each question is asking while keeping the time limit in mind.

One of the best ways to deal with this stress is to practise. JobTestPrep offers a Talent Q PrepPack™ designed to create a unique practice environment aiming to simulate the real test experience. Our updated pack now contains more questions and a study guide offering many tips and useful strategies that will help you improve.

Talent Q Practice & Preparation

Our customised Elements verbal test practice pack includes three full-length tests that follow Talent Q's verbal reasoning tests in question format and design. We offer a range of difficulty levels within each test session in order to expose you to the variety of difficulty levels that adaptive testing offers. Each question is individually timed to help you acclimate to answering all questions within a strict time frame.

The pack also contains additional tests that will enable you to rehearse verbal reasoning concepts (true/false/cannot say, multiple choice questions and more) as well as a dedicated study guide, giving you additional preparation for your Talent Q test.

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What's Included

  • 3 Talent Q-style Elements Verbal practice tests
  • 7 Additional verbal analysis practice tests
  • 2 Verbal reasoning video tutorials
  • Includes answers and comprehensive solving tips
  • Timed tests with score reports
  • Dedicated Elements Verbal study guide
  • Secured payment
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