Verbal Reasoning Practice Pack

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Perfect your practice for the Verbal Reasoning Test with our updated Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Pack, which covers all the sections on the actual exams. This book provides valuable insights into what to expect and will be of great help in helping you develop effective study strategies. Kick off your preparation with our Verbal Reasoning Practice Test


With detailed step-by-step explanations on every question, and hints on how to solve them faster.

About Verbal Reasoning Practice Test

A verbal reasoning test assesses your ability to make deductions from text. The format is typically a written passage followed by a statement, and you must decide whether the statement is true, false or that you cannot say. They evaluate your understanding of language and level of verbal comprehension and logic.

Depending on the role you are applying for, questions may range from basic reading comprehension to more advanced reasoning. There are also a number of different test providers used by recruiters, offering a range of verbal reasoning assessments for different industries and job levels. We will look at these in more detail later in this article.

What to expect:

Critical thinking is used in several stages of the problem-solving and decision-making process. They include;

  • Defining the problem.
  • Selecting the relevant information to solve the problem.
  • Recognizing the assumptions that are both written and implied in the text.
  • Creating hypotheses and selecting the most relevant and credible solutions.

Sample Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions

Question 1

1. Choose the combination of words that is most suitable to fill in the blanks:

Work-life balance schemes in the workplace have been __________ by employees and increase morale and ________ at work.

A. Commended, Motivate
B. Celebrated, Discourage
C. Condemned, Inspiration
D. Applauded, Motivation
E. Criticized, Inspired

Answer: Option D – applauded, motivation.

Work-life balance schemes in the workplace have been applauded by employees and increase morale and motivation at work.


Question 2

Just as the sun’s rays can be focused on by a magnifying glass to burn a piece of paper, high-intensity ultrasound waves can be concentrated to burn human tissue. The waves are harmless until they converge at the focal point, so a surgeon can operate deep inside the body without harming the surrounding tissue.
HIFU requires no cuts to be made, and many operations don’t even need an anesthetic so that the patient can be in and out of hospital within a day

How can HIFU enable the early release of patients from the hospital?

A. Ultrasound waves can be very focused
B. It allows for very deep penetration to the body
C. It is harmless
D. No cuts are required

Answer: is Option (D).

The answer can be found in the first sentence of the paragraph: “HIFU requires no cuts to be made, and many operations don’t even need an anesthetic so that the patient can be in and out of hospital within a day.” Answers (A) and (B) are mentioned in the passage, but not as HIFU enables the patient to be released early. Answer (C) is incorrect, as the passage notes that “the waves are harmless until they converge at the focal point” – they are not always harmless.


Question 3
Choose the word among the answers that can best replace the underlined word in the sentence:

The new CEO pledged to deal with the company’s environmental issues.

A. Implicated
B. Negated
C. Affirmed
D. Engrossed

Answer: is Option (C) – Affirmed.

A pledge is (1) A binding promise or undertaking to do, give or refrain from doing something, or (2) Holding something as security or guaranty for the fulfillment of a contract/payment.
The closest option is affirmation – a solemn declaration that confirms something publicly, as well as an expression of dedication to upholding the stated goal/s.
If the CEO affirmed his plan to deal with environmental issues, he promised to work to achieve this goal.


Question 4
4. Butterfly → caterpillar : toad →________

A. Tadpole
B. Frog
C. Swamp
D. Fly
E. Lizard

Answer: is Option (A) – tadpole.

A butterfly develops from a caterpillar-like a toad develops from a tadpole.


Question 5
5. Please identify which type of error appears in the sentence below:

The heat of the desert affected the traveler greatly, and he regretted not leaving with the professor who had offered him a ride to the city.

A. Grammar
B. Spelling
C. Punctuation and Capitalization
D. None of the above

Answer: is Option (A).

According to the English language’s grammar rules, ‘whom’ should be applied when the noun refers to objects rather than the sentence’s subject. If you can replace the word with “she” or “he,” use “who.” if you can replace it with “her” or “him,” use “whom.” In this part of the sentence – “the professor… had offered him a ride” – the professor is the subject, and the traveler is the object.


Question 6
6. Please select a pair of words that have a similar relationship

Sand : Glass

A. Cotton: Wool
B. Tree: Paper
C. Seed : Flower
D. Stove : Oven

Answer: is Option (B) – tree: paper.

‘Sand’ is processed and turned into ‘glass’ just as ‘trees’ are processed to make ‘paper’. A ‘flower’ grows from a ‘seed’, but there is no artificial processing involved.

The answer is ‘tree’ : ‘paper.’


Question 7
7. NEUTRAL means the same as…

A. Beige
B. Territory
C. Flag
D. Bland
E. Noncommittal

Answer: is Option (E) – Noncommittal.

(A) Beige is a colour
(B) Territory is a location
(C) Flag is an object
(D) Bland describes a taste

Both Neutral and noncommittal refer to having no strong opinions or feelings on a subject.


Question 8
8. Select the word that is spelled incorrectly:

A. Apprehensive
B. Deduction
C. Retrieve
D. Misspell

Answer: is Option C.

The correct spelling of the word is ‘retrieve.’ The letter I usually comes before E. An exception is when these two letters follow the letter C, in which case the letter E will come first, as in the word “receive.” Another exception is the word “weird.”


Question 9
The new health and safety regulations state that helmets should be worn and fastened and the head torch operating at all times whilst working within the mine. Other safety devices would be prioritised according to the previous depth regulations and following the mine’s security engineer’s daily instructions. On dates of detonations, maximal safety wear should be implemented inside and within a 500 meters external diameter outside the mine, with no exception.

The mine’s security engineer is the only source of authority to decide which safety gear is worn by miners.

A. True
B. False
C. Cannot say

Answer: is Option (B) – False.

The text states that “The use of other safety devices are prioritized according to previous depth regulations and following the daily instructions provided by the mine’s security engineer”. So the use of safety devices is determined both by past regulations and by the engineer”.

The answer is False


Question 10
10. IMPERIOUS is the opposite of…

A. Arrogant
B. Moody
C. Subservient
D. Quiet
E. Stormy

Answer: is Option (C) – subservient.

(A) Arrogant is showing an offensive attitude of superiority.
(B) Moody is unpredictable changes of mood, especially sudden bouts of gloominess.
(D) Quiet is making little or no noise.
(E)Stormy is full of angry or violent outbursts of feeling.

Imperious means “assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering”, so the antonym is subservient – “prepared to obey others unquestioningly.”

Arrogant is a similar word but not a synonym. Quiet and stormy are not related.


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