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

  • Kenya

    February 03, 2023

    Be Keen

    The test is challenging the mind, one must be very keen with the questions. The test is nice though the time is limited for comprehension of passage and answering the questions

  • United Kingdom

    February 03, 2023

    Read carefully

    They make you think and you have to be careful when choosing as the options are written in a way that you have to analyse the text. Like the replace the word questions. Good for vocabulary and context reading.

  • India

    February 23, 2023


    the best part of the test is it tests your comprehension and assimilation skills, remembering & accordingly answering the closest correct option

  • South Africa

    February 23, 2023

    Test review

    the test was very insightful in terms of reasoning and case study breakdowns. it was reasonable to take and very clear to understand. the test taught me a lot about taking your time to read and understand. it was a great test overall.

  • India

    March 14, 2023

    Understanding the text

    For me understanding the text was not so difficult but we need to think about the answers and solve thoughtfully

  • Austria

    March 14, 2023


    I was a bit rush off at the end. Was not expecting that the test will be so thorough. It was nice to have a timer in a right position on the screen so it was not too invasive but a the same time easy to observe.

  • Nigeria

    April 11, 2023


    An awesome verbal reasoning test

  • 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.