Measure verbal reasoning ability

Assess the ability to reason using words and understand verbal relationships.

Predict verbal aspects of job performance

Results from the Verbal Reasoning Test predict each candidate’s capacity to effectively solve verbal problems.

35 questions

Candidates will complete up to 35 questions that assess their ability to accurately process verbal information.


The Verbal Reasoning Test is timed and will take candidates 10 minutes to complete.

Why use a verbal reasoning test?

Verbal reasoning has strong links to job performance in roles requiring the ability to comprehend and analyse written information.

Comprehension is key

Many roles require a high level of verbal ability. In certain roles, successful employees need to understand highly technical reports, or draw conclusions based on written information and quickly grasp concepts framed in words and written information. Verbal reasoning becomes more important as a predictor of job performance as the complexity of the job increases.

Generally speaking, people who score well in the verbal reasoning test can:

  • quickly grasp written concepts
  • effectively solve problems using verbal information
  • make sound logical decisions involving words and verbal information.

Experience the Verbal Reasoning Test

Uncover your candidate’s ability to solve written and verbal problems

The value of verbal reasoning

For roles requiring the ability to use and work with written information.

Specific aptitude theory suggests that specific abilities such as verbal reasoning are important in employee selection as performance in different jobs requires different specialist abilities. Research has demonstrated verbal reasoning to be an excellent predictor of job performance and training success. Therefore, the verbal reasoning test is vital when choosing candidates for roles requiring strong comprehension and communication skills.

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Varied reasoning questions and randomised streaming

Our assessment includes a diverse mixture of question types, delivered using randomised streaming.

Each candidate sits a unique test with 35 randomly generated questions, delivered through our Linear-on-the-Fly (LOFT) item-streaming software. With this system in place, candidates cannot copy other people or memorise the correct answers. This ensures the results you receive are a fair and accurate representation of each applicant’s ability to work with verbal information.

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Vigorous assessment

The assessment accurately assesses each candidate’s verbal reasoning skills.

Most candidates won’t complete all 35 questions within the 10-minute time limit. To do well in the test, the candidate must absorb information and then use their understanding of that information to answer questions correctly. Therefore, the results of the assessment can easily distinguish the candidates with the strongest verbal reasoning skills.

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Easy, informative and powerful results

The reports indicate each candidate’s level of overall verbal reasoning ability.

Although our assessments have been developed and reviewed by registered psychologists, our reports are designed for easy interpretation by managers.

You’ll receive a position report that includes a ranked list of candidates based on their assessment scores, which makes it quick and easy to identify who to progress to the next round in your recruitment process.

For further insight into each candidate, you’ll also receive an individual report outlining their performance.

Select the most relevant comparison groups

Comparison groups give results meaning and context.

On its own, a candidate’s assessment score doesn’t give you much information about how they compare to other candidates, your own employees, or a relevant industry or job level cohort.

For this reason, you can select from a number of different comparison groups to give you a clearer picture of how each candidate stacks up against others. For Revelian Express customers, all candidates will be compared to a general comparison group. For our Enterprise customers, you can choose up to three of the following groups:

  • a group of your own employees (via a benchmarking exercise conducted by Revelian)
  • a relevant industry group, such as engineering, call centre, legal profession and HR
  • a specific job level, such as graduates, entry-level managers and senior managers
  • a general group of employed adults.

Invest in the future of your organisation today

You can try the Verbal Reasoning Test today with Revelian Express or contact us to find the right solution for you.


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