Verbal reasoning tests are the second most common psychometric tests and are typically included in your assessment, regardless of the role you’re applying for. As such, it’s worth reading our top verbal reasoning tips to give you the best possible chance of success.

Here are our top verbal reasoning tips to get you started

Know about your verbal reasoning assessment

Find out what type of verbal reasoning assessment you’re going to be asked to sit. The traditional format is a short passage of text followed by true, false, cannot say questions. You can normally find this out from information received from your perspective employer.

Practice verbal reasoning questions

Practice as many verbal reasoning questions as possible. Start your preparation today, get ahead of the competition and start practicing questions. Practice will improve your speed, accuracy and timings helping you to perform to the best of your ability on the day of your real assessment.

Take verbal reasoning tests in exam conditions

Practice in exam conditions. This means in a quiet environment where you are not going to be disturbed for the duration of the test. This will make your real assessment less daunting as you’ll be used to working in exam conditions.

When practicing questions always invest time reviewing the questions you get wrong, you will learn more from these than the questions you get correct.

Be ready for your assessment centre

Get a good night’s sleep before your assessment and try to relax before you sit your test. Taking a deep breath before hitting start can really help to calm your nerves and boost your performance. Think about the assessment as an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge rather than a hurdle you have to jump over.

Use only the information in your verbal reasoning questions

During your assessment make sure you read the passage and questions carefully. If you don’t understand the question re read it. Only use information provided in the passage to answer the questions. Do not use any of your own knowledge even if you are a subject matter expert on the content of the passage!

Follow the instructions given before you sit your test carefully. This means taking note of how long the assessment will last and how many questions you’re going to have to answer in that time. Do a quick calculation of the amount of time you have to answer each question. This will help you stick to timings. If you get stuck on a question move on, sticking to timings is of paramount importance in your verbal reasoning assessment.

Lastly, get practicing now

Make use of our learning resource. We’ve got lots of verbal reasoning tests for you to practice as well as articles with hints and tips on how to prepare effectively and improve your performance.