Interesting how these test are used. I’m still not convinced these tests should be used for recruitment purposes.
SHL Verbal Reasoning Tests
SHL’s verbal tests are used by many employers as part of their recruitment process. The tests allow the employer to assess a candidate’s aptitude for comprehension, understanding and evaluation of written passages, and compare that score to those of other applicants.
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Free example SHL verbal questions
Answers and explanations follow beneath the questions.
Verbal critical reasoning
Statement: The passage suggests that it is safer to spread your savings across a range of different investments.
- A) True
- B) False
- C) Cannot say
If more tourists come to this country, it will mean:
- A) Fewer jobs in some restaurants
- B) Fewer people wanting fast food
- C) More jobs in many hotels
- D) The government doesn’t worry about job creation
Which of the following would best replace the word ‘outstanding’ in sentence 3?
- A) Remaining
- B) Superb
- C) Multiple
- D) Supportive
Verbal critical reasoning: True – the third sentence explains that the very rich have been diversifying their portfolios to reduce the risk of sudden changes in share prices.
Reading comprehension: The second paragraph talks about the fact that if more tourists are encouraged to come to this country it will translate into more business for hotels and this will result in more jobs (‘Just think of the new jobs this will generate!’). This makes C) the only correct response.
Word analogy: The use of the word ‘outstanding’ suggests that customer service has to be really great. Option B – superb – is the best word to replace outstanding in this case.
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Are SHL verbal tests difficult?
SHL verbal tests are not difficult once you are familiar with the format, and are confident assessing whether the question bears any relation or relevance to the contents of the passage of text. SHL verbal tests are pitched at an appropriate level for the job applied for – a graduate role will be harder than an apprentice level role, for example.
How are SHL verbal tests scored?
SHL verbal tests are scored by awarding one mark per correct answer. There is no pass mark as such, as it will depend on the scores of the other candidates also interviewing for the same role. Candidates should aim to be in the top 20% of scores to succeed, which at a graduate assessment centre is likely to mean scoring 27 or higher out of 30.
How long is an SHL verbal test?
An SHL verbal test will take between 17 and 19 minutes to complete and you will need to answer 30 questions.
What if English isn’t my first language?
If English is your second language, you will find an SHL verbal test harder. You will need to practice more, concentrating as much effort on practising reading different publications about different subjects, as much as you practice set format tests.
Where can I practice verbal reasoning tests?
How can I improve my verbal reasoning?
We recommend finding as many practice questions and answers as you can, and familiarising yourself as much as possible with different written passages and styles of questions. Once you have a good idea of what to expect and how to answer the types of questions posed, you will be able to practice answering the questions faster.
SHL Verbal Reasoning Tests Tips
This is always our number one tip, as we know that candidates who have spent time preparing and practising – and are familiar with the style and format of the SHL verbal test – will perform better than those who don’t.
2Keep an eye on the time
When you take the test, it’s no good getting all the answers right if you don’t finish the test, as you will automatically get no score for the answers you don’t complete. Make sure that you keep practising to a timer, and that when you sit the test, you keep to the time you’ve allocated per question (just over 30 seconds per question).
Read widely and about subjects outside of your area of interest, so that you are used to reading unfamiliar text. Turn reading into more practice by identifying themes and concepts; try explaining what you have read to someone else.
4Understand where you go wrong
When assessing the answers to your practice tests, try to understand whether your issue is in inaccurately reading the passage or question (e.g. skim reading), making assumptions or perhaps introducing additional knowledge. Take time to eliminate each of these errors.
Make sure you know where you are taking the test and that your brain is in the right state. Sounds obvious, but ensure you’ve had sleep and are not thirsty, as both of these can affect your ability to read and think under pressure.
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Reviews of our Verbal Reasoning tests
What our customers say about our Verbal Reasoning tests
June 16, 2021
Not as scary as I thought
June 13, 2021
Verbal reasoning is important for knowledge
Though the questions were tough, it was the higher-level questions which helped me get an idea about the test.
June 13, 2021
Actually when I started this assessment I was afraid to face this.But while I proceeded with the assessment, I felt more comfortable and with no need to be afraid any more. Thank you guys.
June 12, 2021
Understanding the meaning of each sentence
Those taking the test must carefully read the passage first and then answer accordingly. The answers are provided in the paragraphs if they are read carefully.
June 11, 2021
It gave me good insight about the exam. Anyone who wants to increase their skills should take these practice tests.
June 09, 2021
Understanding the passage given
You have to read the passages given very carefully and ensure that the question really matches with your understanding.
June 07, 2021
Understanding the passage
Need to read the passage several times to understand it better. Reading the questions in advance helps you to pick the crucial points.
June 06, 2021
It's the second time I've taken one of these tests and it's been insightful as to the method used to evaluate this type of reasoning.
June 06, 2021
The questions were a bit confusing and I’m yet to understand how to answer verbal reasoning questions.
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June 06, 2021
Definitely under a lot of pressure with the timer in the corner. Finished before the timer was even close to running out.