Verbal Reasoning Test Preparation

To help you pass verbal psychometric tests, use these preparation assessments, advice, and solutions to help you increase your score.

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Free Sample Verbal Reasoning Test 1

This sample verbal reasoning test contains 30 questions and has a time limit of 25 minutes. We rate this as medium difficult and is typical of the same level as graduate employer verbal reasoning tests.

Free Practice Verbal Reasoning Test 2

This sample verbal reasoning test contains 30 questions and has a time limit of 20 minutes.

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How do verbal reasoning psychometric tests work?

Are you due to take a verbal reasoning test for your job application? We provide advice, tutorials, and all the preparation you will need with our practice tests. The psychometric tests on AssessmentDay simulate the tests used by employers. You can attempt a sample verbal test above so that you can become familiar with the industry-standard style and layout. You are likely to only perform at your best in a psychometric test if you are familiar with the format of the test style, and typically know what to the process is like.

Helpful advice before taking your verbal psychometric test

When the number of job applicants becomes an expensive and burdensome task to choose from, employers typically will ise aptitude testing to make sure they are getting the best employees for the role. So why is it that employers use verbal reasoning tests? Verbal aptitude tests are one of the most common psychometric tests for employeres to use. They are much better at predicting the job performance of potential candidates than CVs, interviews, and other traditional methods of selection. Taking one of our sample tests above can help familiarise yourself with these tests.

By taking example verbal reasoning tests you will become familiar with the question format. Luckily for you most employers use a similar format of verbal reasoning test, which means it's easy to get some realistic practice beforehand.

Verbal psychometric tests used in selection usually take the form of a written passage followed by a series of questions with possible True, False or Cannot Say responses. Here is a useful explanation for the meaning of each of those responses. You will need to know this if you are to score highly.

  • True - The statement follows logically given the information contained within the passage.
  • False - The statement cannot logically follow given the information contained within the passage.
  • Cannot Say - It is not possible to determine given the information contained within the passage alone; i.e. more information would be required to say for certain.

As always, the best way to prepare for verbal reasoning tests is to use practice example questions and read the advice on this webpage.

The following video is a verbal reasoning masterclass, outlining some top tips to help you with your tests.

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What is the test really like?

Easily the most popular verbal psychometric test used by employers is a form of verbal reasoning test in which one is presented with a passage of text, typically of around 800 characters, and then asked statements relating to that text. One then has to state whether they believe the statement to be true, false, or impossible to say without more information. Some employers also use 'Probably True' and 'Probably False'. These answer options are deduced not logically, but inferred via the passage.

While this is the most common style of verbal psychometric test, it usually a good idea to find out the test provider via a human resources department of the employer to try to find out any information you can about the actual tests you will be taking. You might even find out what test publisher will be provided. This will help you know the precise test format that you will have for your psychometric test on your assessment day.

How does the test measurement system work?

Verbal psychometric tests are designed to measure your cognitive skills. These typically include logic, comprehension, and reasoning. This skills will be used when answering the questions. The more questions you get correctly, you will be displaying these skills. Your score will be measured against other participants in your norm group.

It is good to know that spelling is something that is not tested as part by the verbal psychometric test. The test is going to measure your cognitive ability, not your spelling. Vocabulary and spelling are things are that can be learned on the job, whereas verbal ability is an innate capability unique to each person.