Verbal reasoning is a test of conceptual relationships. In each item, two pictures are presented on the screen, separated by six words. The student’s task is to identify the word that provides the best conceptual link between the two pictures: this is the target word; the other five are distractors. The student can choose to hear the words by clicking or tapping on them, so reading competence is not necessary. The student starts by attempting some ‘probe’ items to determine the level at which they should start the subtest. Their progress through the subtest depends on their performance and the subtest is discontinued when the student fails a certain number of items within a level.
Figure 22. Verbal reasoning subtest