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What you should know about verbal reasoning tests
What you should know about verbal reasoning tests

This article describes all you need to know about verbal reasoning tests.

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Written by Ingmar
Updated over a week ago

Employers choose to use psychometric testing during their recruitment process to help give a better overall evaluation of candidate’s and their suitability for the job that they’re applying for. Psychometric testing could help to gauge the future performance of candidate's and also improve employee retention by making successful hiring decisions.

The most common way for employers to use aptitude tests such as verbal reasoning, is online. Traditionally, aptitude tests have taken the form of pen and paper but due to benefits such as saving valuable time and money, online testing is used more and more frequently. Undertaking aptitude tests is usually the follow-up action after an employer has accepted your CV or initial job application form. 

If you pass the online test in some cases you are invited to an assessment centre, which is usually done by larger employers. The term assessment centre is used due to the fact that employers conduct these extended assessment in a single centre, either an office of the employers themselves or at a third party venue. The assessment centre is often (but not always) a day that constitutes the final stage of the application process. At the assessment centre they will ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre to verify your earlier test scores, therefore don’t get your friends or family to help you out during the online test! 

Preparing for an assessment centre or online aptitude test can be stressful due to the fact that you don’t know what to expect. The best way to familiarize yourself is with practice aptitude tests that mimic the tests used by employers and recruiters. has prepared thousands of candidates for their assessments and aptitude tests by offering realistic test simulations with fully worked solutions. 

By practicing verbal reasoning tests you can improve your performance during the real test by familiarizing yourself with the format and time-pressure. 

Verbal reasoning tests are usually written as one paragraph, section or passage followed by several questions and/or theses. These questions and/or theses need to be answered with “True”, “False”, or “Cannot say”, meaning there’s no way of telling. When doing verbal reasoning, it is important to understand the concepts well enough to score as high as possible.

  • True: The thesis is follows logically based on the information given in the passage.

  • False: The thesis does not follow logically based on the information given in the passage.

  • Cannot say: It is impossible to determine anything based on the information given in the passage (for example, you need extra information to provide an answer with certainty).

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