Verbal reasoning

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Verbal reasoning is understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words. It aims at evaluating ability to think constructively, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.

reasingly using verbal reasoning tests (verbals) to distinguish between applicants. The types of verbals candidates face in these assessments are typically looking to assess understanding and comprehension skills. As an applicant you will be presented with a short passage of text and will need to answer a True, False or Cannot Say response to each statement.[1]

Criticism of verbal reasoning tests[edit]

Some have criticised verbal reasoning tests due to their lack of precision - many questions arguably having more than one answer. For example, a question which asks: "When will Joe Bloggs retire?" may expect the testee to respond with the answer "Joe Bloggs will retire at 65" based on the following two sentences (taken from a preceding paragraph - the format of most verbal reasoning tests): "Joe Bloggs currently works as a civil servant" and "Those in the civil service generally retire at 65"

However, though the two sentences make it probable that Joe Bloggs will retire at 65, it is still a logical possibility that he will continue to work beyond this point, or that he will retire early and live off savings. As a result, ironically, it is possible to be penalised for having too discerning a critical faculty. Additionally, a number of questions ask testees to decide what the central focus of the preceding paragraph is however, the options provided often afford more than one arguable response. As such, critics suggest that standard IQ tests; or numerical reasoning tests, are preferable due to their precision .[citation needed]

Verbal reasoning suits only certain types of people, and most say they are not intelligence tests, but mind-type tests.[citation needed]


  1. ^ James, David. "Verbal Aptitude Tests". Practice aptitude tests. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 

External Links[edit]

Verbal Reasoning - an outline that introduces the fundamental concepts of logic in the terms of ordinary English.

Demo test on verbal reasoning [1](methodology, tests and corrected tests)

verbal reasoning contains loads of synonyms and styles of writing.