Verbal Reasoning Practice Test with Questions, Answers, and Explanations

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Free Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions

Sample Question 1

1. Choose the combination of words that is most suitable to fill in the blanks:

Work-life balance schemes in the workplace have been __________ by employees and increase morale and ________ at work.

A. Commended, Motivate
B. Celebrated, Discourage
C. Condemned, Inspiration
D. Applauded, Motivation
E. Criticized, Inspired 


The correct answer is (D) - applauded, motivation.

Work-life balance schemes in the workplace have been applauded by employees and increase morale and motivation at work.


Analogies ask to show the connection or relationship between two words. After that, you must select another pair of words that share the same relationship. Press to practice more Analogy questions. Other preparations that include Verbal Reasoning practice tests: CAT4, Wonderlic, CCAT, Cut-e.


2. Just as the sun’s rays can be focused on by a magnifying glass to burn a piece of paper, high-intensity ultrasound waves can be concentrated to burn human tissue. The waves are harmless until they converge at the focal point, so a surgeon can operate deep inside the body without harming the surrounding tissue.
HIFU requires no cuts to be made, and many operations don’t even need an anesthetic so that the patient can be in and out of hospital within a day

How can HIFU enable the early release of patients from the hospital?

A. Ultrasound waves can be very focused
B. It allows for very deep penetration to the body
C. It is harmless
D. No cuts are required


The correct answer is (D).

The answer can be found in the first sentence of the paragraph: "HIFU requires no cuts to be made, and many operations don’t even need an anesthetic so that the patient can be in and out of hospital within a day." Answers (A) and (B) are mentioned in the passage, but not as HIFU enables the patient to be released early. Answer (C) is incorrect, as the passage notes that "the waves are harmless until they converge at the focal point" – they are not always harmless.


Reading Comprehension. A verbal ability test may also include a basic reading comprehension section designed to determine how well you comprehend written information. You can find preparation for this part of the test in the JobTestPrep Preparation pack and in the SHL Reading Comprehension preparation.


3. Choose the word among the answers that can best replace the underlined word in the sentence:

The new CEO pledged to deal with the company's environmental issues.

A. Implicated
B. Negated
C. Affirmed
D. Engrossed


The correct answer is (C) - Affirmed.

A pledge is (1) A binding promise or undertaking to do, give or refrain from doing something, or (2) Holding something as security or guaranty for the fulfillment of a contract/payment.
The closest option is affirmation – a solemn declaration that confirms something publicly, as well as an expression of dedication to upholding the stated goal/s.
If the CEO affirmed his plan to deal with environmental issues, he promised to work to achieve this goal.


Grammar/Syntax. A grammar test will most likely ask you to choose one sentence out of several grammatically correct or incorrect sentences. Other question types may include sentence completion. Improve your Grammar skills by solving more Verbal Reasoning practice questions. Other preparations that include Verbal Reasoning practice tests: Wonderlic, CCAT, Cut-e.


Sample Question 4

4. Butterfly → caterpillar : toad →________

A. Tadpole
B. Frog
C. Swamp
D. Fly
E. Lizard


The correct answer is (A) - tadpole.

A butterfly develops from a caterpillar-like a toad develops from a tadpole.


Synonyms/Antonyms: Here you must find an additional word that means either the same or the opposite of the word you are given. You can find more Synonyms/Antonyms sample questions in the following practice pack. Other preparations that include Verbal Reasoning practice tests: Wonderlic, CCAT, Cut-e.


Sample Question 5

5. Please identify which type of error appears in the sentence below:

The heat of the desert affected the traveler greatly, and he regretted not leaving with the professor who had offered him a ride to the city.

A. Grammar
B. Spelling
C. Punctuation and Capitalization
D. None of the above


The correct answer is (A).

According to the English language's grammar rules, 'whom' should be applied when the noun refers to objects rather than the sentence's subject. If you can replace the word with "she" or "he," use "who." if you can replace it with "her" or "him," use "whom." In this part of the sentence – "the professor… had offered him a ride" – the professor is the subject, and the traveler is the object.


Spelling/Punctuation/Capitalisation. In these tests, you may be asked to choose a word that is spelled correctly or incorrectly, to complete blanks with the correct word and to demonstrate your knowledge of the language in general. More interactive test versions will require you to correct text passages in real-time. Practice more Verbal Reasoning sample questions to get a better idea of what to expect.


Sample Question 6

6. Please select a pair of words that have a similar relationship

Sand : Glass

A. Cotton: Wool
B. Tree: Paper
C. Seed : Flower
D. Stove : Oven


The correct answer is (B) - tree : paper.

'Sand' is processed and turned into 'glass' just as 'trees' are processed to make 'paper'. A 'flower' grows from a 'seed', but there is no artificial processing involved.

The answer is 'tree' : 'paper.'

Sample Question 7

7. NEUTRAL means the same as…

A. Beige
B. Territory
C. Flag
D. Bland
E. Noncommittal


The correct answer is (E) - Noncommittal.

(A) Beige is a colour
(B) Territory is a location
(C) Flag is an object
(D) Bland describes a taste

Both Neutral and noncommittal refer to having no strong opinions or feelings on a subject.


Many subtle and major variations can be found in Verbal Aptitude Tests in terms of test format and structure, such as: 1. Length of text (long or short) 2. Style of text and content (pseudoscience, history, business, rules, conversational, etc.). 3. Question type (reading comprehension, reasoning about the text's purpose, determining the validity of claims, etc.)


Sample Question 8

8. Select the word that is spelled incorrectly:

A. Apprehensive
B. Deduction
C. Retrieve
D. Misspell


The correct answer is C.

The correct spelling of the word is 'retrieve.' The letter I usually comes before E. An exception is when these two letters follow the letter C, in which case the letter E will come first, as in the word "receive." Another exception is the word "weird."

Sample Question 9

9. The new health and safety regulations state that helmets should be worn and fastened and the head torch operating at all times whilst working within the mine. Other safety devices would be prioritised according to the previous depth regulations and following the mine's security engineer's daily instructions. On dates of detonations, maximal safety wear should be implemented inside and within a 500 meters external diameter outside the mine, with no exception.

The mine's security engineer is the only source of authority to decide which safety gear is worn by miners.

A. True
B. False
C. Cannot say


The correct answer is (B) - False.

The text states that “The use of other safety devices are prioritized according to previous depth regulations and following the daily instructions provided by the mine's security engineer”. So the use of safety devices is determined both by past regulations and by the engineer”.

The answer is False



Aptitude tests or psychometric tests based on verbal reasoning are commonly used in job recruitment. Their main purpose is to assess your ability to understand, analyse, and interpret written information. Practice more Verbal Reasoning questions so you'll know what to expect. Other preparations that include Verbal Reasoning practice tests: Wonderlic, CCAT, Cut-e, Korn Ferry/Talent Q.


Sample Question 10

10. IMPERIOUS is the opposite of...

A. Arrogant
B. Moody
C. Subservient
D. Quiet
E. Stormy


The correct answer is (C) - subservient.

(A) Arrogant is showing an offensive attitude of superiority.
(B) Moody is unpredictable changes of mood, especially sudden bouts of gloominess.
(D) Quiet is making little or no noise.
(E)Stormy is full of angry or violent outbursts of feeling.

Imperious means "assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering", so the antonym is subservient - "prepared to obey others unquestioningly."

Arrogant is a similar word but not a synonym. Quiet and stormy are not related.

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