Information for parents

What is verbal reasoning?

Verbal reasoning questions measure basic reasoning processes such as identifying similarities and relationships between words or concepts. Scores in verbal reasoning usually reflect students' ability to use words as a medium of thought. 

What is in the verbal reasoning test?

The verbal reasoning test is split into two parts, Verbal Classification and Verbal Analogies. 

In the Verbal Classification test, each question presents three words that are all similar in some way. Students need to identify the conceptual link between the three words and then select from a list of five further words the one which best fits with the first three. 

In the Verbal Analogies test, each question presents a verbal analogy in the form of 'A➡B: C➡_'. Students need to work out how the first pair of words is related to each other, and then select from five answer options the one that completes the second pair. 


Key information

  • Each student will complete the test on their own on an individual device. Students can use their own device if the school allows this normally. 
  • Students will sit two test parts (Verbal Analogies and Verbal Classification), one after the other. Each test part will for 20 minutes. 
  • The total time for both tests, including instructions will be approximately 60 minutes. 
  • Each test includes practice questions and instructions to inform the student how they can answer and navigate the test. 
  • There is no audio, headphones are not required.