There’s only so many new and novel ways you can entertain yourself when your world has shrunk to the size of your four walls. So allow us to introduce something new – aptitude tests! If you’re starting to think about what you want to do with your future, getting ahead by working on aptitude tests such as the numerical reasoning test is a great way to ensure at least some of your time spent inside is in support of your future.

What is a verbal reasoning test?

Verbal reasoning tests are designed to examine your understanding and comprehension skills by presenting you with passages of text that you’ll answer multiple choice questions on. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is needed, because you’re being tested on your ability to extract crucial information and show you know the difference between what has been said and what has merely been inferred. Literacy and communication skills are important to most employers, so the verbal reasoning test is a popular aptitude test used by companies in a wide range of industries.

What is the format of a verbal reasoning test? 

You’ll be required to read through passages of text in order to answer several multiple choice questions, usually with ‘true’, ‘false’, or ‘cannot say’. The passages you’ll read through are quite long and dense as the point is to make sure you can read through a lot of information quickly, while simultaneously filtering out what’s important, what’s fact and what’s just inference. It can be hard to silence what you think you know to be correct in order to just focus on what’s in front of you – but this is an important skill when it comes to successfully completing verbal reasoning tests. That’s why we recommend practising verbal reasoning tests, and as many as you can, before you sit the one that really matters. 

Why do employers use verbal reasoning tests?

Employers use verbal reasoning tests to help them decipher which applicants have the required verbal, literacy and communication skills needed to do the job they’re applying for. As communication is so important, it’s a test taken in a huge range of different industries. So it’s certainly one that’s worthwhile practising at home, even if you’re still not sure about what you want to do.

How can I prepare? 

First things first, we recommend reading up on the company or companies you’ll be applying for. Learning more about their values and their goals will help you to get a better sense of whether you’d be a good fit for that company, and will help you prepare good answers for your interview and assessment day.

It’s also really important to practice as many verbal reasoning tests as you can. When you do go through a test, you’ll get the most out of it if you prepare your work area first. That means locating a quiet room, getting everything you need together before you start the test, and making the time afterwards to go through your answers. 

Verbal reasoning skills are universally sought after and will help you on the path to career success, even if you’re still not totally sure of what it is you want to do. And you never know, by practising these tests – it might just become clear. 

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