Over the years we’ve learnt a thing or two about passing the verbal reasoning test. Here are our top 10 tips to pass your verbal reasoning exam.

  1. Before you take the real verbal reasoning tests, practice as many questions as you can. The greater the number of questions you practice, the more confident you will be and the more exposure you’ll have had to a wide array of questions.

  2. Practice in a nice, pleasant environment - ideally long before your actual tests. Find a place where you won’t get disturbed so you can give them your full attention.

  3. Don’t be afraid to contact the assessor and request info on the type of test you’ll be sitting. You have the right to ask what sort of aptitude test you’ll be expected to sit, how long it will be and where you’ll have to sit it.

  4. If you can find the specific publisher of the test you’ll be sitting, practice these questions even more closely. Before sitting aptitude tests you’ll often be given practice questions to have a go at. They’re normally called worked example, have a go at those to get a flavour for the type of questions you’ll be given.

  5. Don’t be tempted to ask a friend to sit your aptitude test in your place. If you’re asked to sit an aptitude test at home you may be asked to sit one when you go for interview so it’s no good trying to cheat the system. Also these tests are for your benefit as much as your prospective employer you both need to be comfortable your skills are up to the required standard to do the job you’re applying for.

  6. Read any guidance provided before sitting your assessment. Make sure you make a note of how much time you have and roughly how long you should be spending on each question.

  7. Don’t worry too much about individual questions. If you get stuck, don’t let the clock run down, move on, you might find the next question easier and you’ll pick up more marks by moving on.

  8. Don’t just guess. Your aptitude test score will be made up of a combination of speed and accuracy. It’s important not to haphazardly guess to try and finish all the questions. Work carefully and as quickly as you can. The more questions you practice the quicker you will get.

  9. Before you start, get familiar with the test. Make sure you know the top-level information such as how long you have, how many questions you’ll face etc.

  10. After your test, feel free to request feedback from your assessor. Only by establishing your performance can you really hope to improve moving forwards.

So there you go - 10 pretty simple verbal reasoning tips which will help you pass your next exam.