A 2020 Guide to Verbal Reasoning Tests
Whether it’s learning Spanish, mastering new recipes or taking on the latest dance challenge, people are collectively turning off Netflix and making the best use of lockdown time. Because when all of this is over and life goes back to the new normal, imagine how good you’ll feel if you’ve got yourself job ready (while enjoying a little Netflix on the side of course!). If you’re about to start job hunting, looking into your chosen career path, researching the verbal reasoning test and practising some mock papers will ensure you stay one step ahead of the rest.
What is a verbal reasoning test?
To put it simply, verbal reasoning tests assess your communication skills. In the test you’ll be presented with long passages of text containing information which you’ll have to answer questions on. But don’t worry, prior knowledge of the text you’re reading isn’t needed. Instead, you’re being tested on your ability to extract important information, to separate fact from inference, as well as your verbal logic and your literacy skills – all of which are very important skills in most job roles, but especially those with a requirement for high levels of communication.
What is the format of a verbal reasoning test?
Verbal reasoning tests can vary in format, but these principles should always be followed:
- Read through the text quickly but carefully
- Extract information based on the questions being asked
- Answer the question being asked, most commonly it’s multiple choice and you’ll have to select ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘cannot say’
Setting yourself up for success is easier if you’ve practised a verbal reasoning test beforehand. Not only will you get used to the kinds of questions you’ll be asked, you’ll also get quicker and better at answering each one.
Why do employers use verbal reasoning tests?
Employers that use verbal reasoning tests in the hiring process are looking for individuals with excellent communication skills. And as strong communication skills are universally sought after, the verbal reasoning test is used by employers across a huge range of industries. So it’s certainly an important test to get to grips with if you’re about to start job hunting.
How can I prepare?
As with most things in life, practice makes perfect. The more tests you’ve taken the better you’re going to be at answering the questions correctly, working through the test quickly and feeling confident in your ability to show off your skills and prove you’re the right person for the job you’re applying for. You can do this!
Setting up a workspace that’s not too dissimilar to one you’d find in a test can really help you get into the right mindset. If possible, find a quiet, well-lit space, get everything you need together before you start and make sure you time every test you take.
2020 will always be remembered as a stange year; when everything changed dramatically and our world shrunk to the size of our homes. But there are positives to be drawn from all of this unsettling change, and more time to focus on yourself and your career is certainly one of them!