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ABOUT VERBAL REASONING TESTS

This type of verbal reasoning test consists of a series of passages, each of which is followed by several statements. Your task is to evaluate each statement, given the information or opinions contained in the passage, and to select the appropriate answer following the rules given below:

TRUE: the statement is true given the information or opinions contained in the passage.
FALSE: the statement is false given the information or opinions contained in the passage.
CANNOT SAY: you cannot say whether the statement is true or false without further information.

HOW TO ANSWER VERBAL REASONING TESTS


 

Take a look at the following sample Verbal Evaluation Test:

Sample verbal reasoning test question

Read the following passage before answering the questions as true, false or cannot say.

An automobile (also known as a motor car or simply car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, tohave seating for one to seven people, to typically have four wheels, and to be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods.

Question 1
An automobile is also known as a motor car.

Question 2
An automobile is constructed principally for the transportation of goods rather than people.

Question 3
The motor of an automobile is available in many different sizes.

Answers to sample question

Question 1
True – the passage clearly states that the automobile is also known as a ‘motor car’.

Question 2
False – the passage states that the automobile is constructed principally for the transportation of people rather than goods so therefore the statement in question 2 is false.

Question 3
Cannot say – based on the information provided in the statement you cannot say whether the motor of an automobile is available in many different sizes.

Use an approach that suits you

I have found that the vast majority of people who take verbal reasoning tests approach them by reading the entire passage through once before turning to the questions. Personally, I prefer to read the question first and then scan the passage for 'keywords' and 'phrases' which match the question. The bottom line is this: there are no hard and fast rules for approaching the questions. Choose a method that works for you.

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HOW TO PASS VERBAL REASONING TESTS


Advice for improving your scores when sitting verbal reasoning tests

Develop an action plan

- When preparing for your verbal reasoning tests implement an action plan of preparation. I recommend carrying out at least 30 minutes practice per day/evening in the fortnight before the test. The reason why I state a fortnight is simply because this is an approximate amount of time that the employer will give you to prepare before your test date. If you get longer to prepare, use the time wisely.

Time yourself from the offset

- Prepare for the tests by using 'time' from the outset. This means timing yourself even when carrying out practice tests. Get used the feeling of the clock ticking down and the pressure that you will be under. Many people do not carry out practice tests under timed conditions. When it comes to real test day they suffer as a result. It is also important to be aware that you should time yourself from the point that you start reading the verbal comprehension passage. Some people believe that the test only starts when you study the answer options; this is incorrect.

Have an organised mind-set

- Develop an organised mind-set. There is a difference between a 'seasoned' test taker and a novice test taker. A seasoned test taker will approach the test in a formalised manner, whereas the novice will bluff his or her way through the test. Your approach to verbal reasoning tests should include the following:

1. The only way to gain high scores is to ensure that your mind and body are at their best. In the fortnight before the test avoid alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and junk food. Make a conscious effort to eat healthily, drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep/rest.

2. A large percentage of test takers fail to follow the instructions provided at the commencement of the test. Listen to what the test administrator tells you. Most candidates are more concerned about the other test-takers in the room rather than being concerned about the rules of the test. Focus on your own performance only and do not worry about anyone else in the room. Listen to what is being said and follow all instructions carefully. If you are unsure, ask.

Accurate marking is crucial

- The vast majority of verbal reasoning tests are multiple-choice in nature. The main reason for this type of test is because it allows the employer/assessor to score a large number of tests quickly. Because if this fact it is essential that you complete the marking sheet accurately. If you miss a question be sure to leave a space on the marking sheet. I have known of people to fail an entire test because they failed to leave a space on the marking sheet after missing out a question.

Pace yourself according to the allocated time

- Just before the test commences the test administrator will inform you of how many questions there are within the test and also the time limit you have to complete it. This is your opportunity to provide yourself with an 'approximate' time to answer each question. For example, if you are informed that there are thirty questions in the test and you have 20 minutes to complete them, this gives you an average of forty seconds per question. If you find yourself spending up to two minutes on a question then you are probably spending far too much time trying to answer it.

Concentrate fully on the verbal reasoning test question

- During the test concentrate fully on the passage of text you are reading. It is pointless reading the passage unless you are concentrating fully on the content. It is very easy to get distracted, either by other test takers or by the time remaining.

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