Verbal reasoning psychometric tests are among the most common tests applicants face when applying for a new job. Verbal reasoning is the name given to a range of tests that use written texts to measure your ability to understand, analyse, and interpret information.
Verbal reasoning tests examine you on a range of English language skills. These skills can be broken down into the following groups:
Your understanding of the words that are used in your line of work. This is measured through various assessments, such as mixed sentences tests, complete the sentence tests, spelling tests, and more.
These tests examine your understanding of English grammar and your ability to recognise good or bad grammar. Grammar is measured through questions that ask you to complete a sentence or identify the correct next sentence in a paragraph.
Comprehension means your ability to understand written information, analyse it, and interpret what you have read to answer questions.
Critical reasoning is a measure of how you analyse the information in front of you. 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 provided isn’t sufficient to come to an answer.
Verbal reasoning tests focus on drawing logical conclusions from verbal information. These tests automatically assume you understand the meanings of the words and phrases used in the 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.
Learn more about these tests on our What is Verbal Reasoning page.
Reading comprehension, 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 passage followed by questions on the contents of the text. These written sections can be long, consisting of a few paragraphs, or short, comprised of only a few sentences. This test measures 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.
Learn more about reading comprehension tests for job assessments.
English language tests are used to assess native and non-native English-speaking job candidates. For positions in which excellent English 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.
Yes. There are various verbal aptitude tests given, and there are different tests for different job levels, as well as specific tests for positions such as police officers, firefighters, and sales agents. See below for more information.
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.
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 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, and sales representatives are all required to have good verbal skills.
The assessment company that produces the test says a lot about what you are up against. Each company produces tests with 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 listed below.
Verbal ability—namely, comprehension, vocabulary, and interpretation—can be improved through practice. Simply taking practice tests and gaining 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 will contribute even more to your success. The key elements to keep in mind when preparing for a verbal reasoning test are as follows:
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