Verbal Reasoning Tests

Verbal reasoning tests examine your ability to quickly read, understand and pull out key information from dense passages of text.

  • What are verbal reasoning tests?

    Verbal reasoning tests are used by employers to assess candidates' reading and communication skills. If you are about to take one of these tests, you can expect to read through long passages of text on a variety of different subjects before answering questions related to the content.

    Being able to read and extract important information from dense pieces of writing is a crucial skill - and one that’ll serve you well in the public sector.

    You won’t need any prior knowledge of the subjects you’re reading about because verbal reasoning tests analyse your ability to process the information in front of you.

  • Why do employers use verbal reasoning tests?

    There are many jobs within the public sector that require excellent communication skills - because reading and extracting important information is something you’ll do every day.

    As a result, public sector employers often use verbal reasoning tests as part of the hiring process. They’ll be looking for candidates who are able to answer questions efficiently and accurately, and show examples of differentiating between fact and fiction.

    The best way you can prepare yourself for the test is to practice verbal reasoning tests beforehand - and as many as you can.

  • What is the verbal reasoning test format?

    Most tests contain multiples passage of long-form text, and require candidates to answer multiple-choice questions on the text.

    More often than not, the form these answers take are a choice between, ‘true’, ‘false’, or ‘cannot say.’ Multiple choice may sound easy, but learning to differentiate between solid facts and suggested ideas is a skill that takes practice to hone.

    However, the good news is that reading up on the subjects you’ll encounter on the test isn’t necessary - all the answers will be right there in front of you!

  • What skills does verbal reasoning test?

    Your reading and processing skills will be put to the test. Employers are looking to find people who can read through dense blocks of text under considerable time pressure, while extracting the information needed to correctly interpret each question’s meaning.

    A successful verbal reasoning candidate will show that they can take instruction, remain calm under pressure and demonstrate solid communication skills.

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Verbal Reasoning Tests FAQs

How are verbal reasoning tests scored?

Your individual result will be compared to the results of everyone who took the test. It’s then up to the employer to determine which candidate(s) to take forwards to the next stage.

What are verbal reasoning tests used for?

In the public sector, verbal reasoning tests are used to establish how strong your communication skills are.

What do verbal reasoning tests involve?

The verbal reasoning test involves reading long pieces of writing in order to answer a series of questions. You’ll normally select a multiple choice answer such as, ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘cannot say.’

What do verbal reasoning tests measure?

As well as your language skills, verbal reasoning tests also measure how good you are at reading and processing information against the clock.

Where can I practice verbal reasoning tests?

You can practice verbal reasoning tests on our website. Here you’ll also find tips on how to make the process as easy as possible.

Which employers use verbal reasoning tests?

Employers from all different industries use verbal reasoning tests to filter out applicants with strong communication skills. You’ll often see these tests used in the hiring process for public sector jobs, because such skills are tested on a daily basis.


What our customers say about our Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Nigeria

    April 11, 2023

    You need to avoid distractions to maximise concentration!

    I like the fact that there are some tricky options there and you need to read and understand before being able to answer.

  • Rwanda

    April 11, 2023

    Always think twice and analyze questions

    I liked the verbal reasoning questions because it challenges your mind to think.

  • Nigeria

    June 12, 2023

    Good and worth it

    I liked that it made me adjust my thinking and required fast responses when having to read the different passages in the shortest possible time.

  • Botswana

    November 03, 2023

    A good test of deducing correct meaning

    Tricky questions, need you to pay attention to the stem and what the passage is saying rather than what you think you know.

  • Kenya

    November 03, 2023


    Being the first time I have taken this kind of test, it felt like i was on a mad rush to finish. Very good way to practice.

  • Kenya

    November 03, 2023


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  • India

    November 03, 2023


    Before start of test , there should be instruction that how the questions are come and how to answer them. But overall nice.

  • Kenya

    November 03, 2023

    Cognitive ability

    I liked the test as it measures the generally cognitive, verbal reasoning and guidelines for a professional in a work environment.

  • Kenya

    November 03, 2023

    Be timely and keen

    Time and keenness are of the essence to the test. You need to be keen to read and understand the question so that you can give the correct answer and time yourself to avoid delays.

  • United Kingdom

    November 03, 2023

    Pretty Good

    The practice test gave me an opportunity to reflect on the corrections and errors I made and hopefully I have rectified them in the timed version