Verbal reasoning prep

There’s a lot you can do for your verbal reasoning prep.

Verbal reasoning test preparation

Of course, the best way to improve your performance is always through practice. You’ll get the most benefit if you practise with questions that mirror the exact test you are preparing to take.

There are many skills that you can practise in advance. The test-taker needs to concentrate, pay attention to detail and interpret the meaning of individual words and phrases as well as analysing the overall meaning of a text passage. When answering individual questions the test-taker needs to focus on extracting the relevant verbal information. Imagine yourself as an eagle, circling over the overall passage and then swooping down to zero in on your prey – i.e. the bit of information needed to answer the question correctly.

Different types of verbal reasoning test

Broadly speaking, the earlier in an assessment process that you are being asked to complete a verbal reasoning test the more important it is to pass. Candidates who do not pass are sifted out of the process, allowing employers to focus on applicants whose skills are most suitable for the job.

Effective verbal reasoning skills are also one of the selection criteria for certain professions and postgraduate degree courses in which it is essential to work effectively with verbal information (e.g. medicine’s UKCAT, teaching’s QTS and the legal sector’s LNAT). We offer practice verbal reasoning tests for each of these verbal reasoning admissions tests:

UKCAT verbal reasoning practice test

LNAT practice test and LNAT practice test tips

Verbal reasoning tests allow employers and university admissions officers to assess such skills of a large number of applicants in a standardised way. The same verbal reasoning test is given to a large number of applicants, which increases the fairness of the application process – whilst also making the process more efficient.  A well-designed verbal reasoning test offers both a reliable and a valid means of assessment.

There are many, many different types of verbal reasoning test. These can be aimed at a general level (e.g. graduate tests) or for a specific career path (e.g. for medical school or law school). There is a corresponding range in difficulty from a basic test (e.g. measuring the understanding of words) to tests such as the LNAT. THE LNAT measures the comprehension of each part of an argued case, and appear towards the more difficult end of the verbal reasoning test spectrum.