How to prepare for your verbal aptitude test

The verbal aptitude test is one of the most commonly used psychometric (or aptitude) tests in the UK to measure candidates suitability and 'fit'. There are several types of verbal aptitude tests:

  • The basic (and also the easier) verbal aptitude test asks you to identify word analogies, complete sentences, or identify word synonyms/antonyms. It measures your ability to use the English language in the workplace – i.e. to communicate or understand information.
  • The more complex verbal aptitude test asks you to make logical decisions based on one or more statements. This type of verbal aptitude test measures your ability to process information quickly and draw accurate conclusions in a logical manner.
  • The most complex and difficult verbal reasoning test asks you to make a decision about a statement based on a written passage. This verbal aptitude test type measures your ability to efficiently identify critical issues from written material, convey information to others in a clear and simple manner, think logically, and produce effective reports.

Click to see some verbal aptitude test questions examples.

What employers seek to learn from your verbal aptitude test

The result of your verbal aptitude test assists employers to discover the extent to which you can:

  • identify critical business-related issues and logically draw conclusions from business-related reading material, such as company manuals and reports.
  • produce clearly written reports and documents.
  • articulate business-related issues in a clear and simple manner to colleagues, managers and customers.