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The verbal reasoning online test uses 15 scenario-based MCQ questions to evaluate a candidate's ability to understand and comprehend workplace text. The test screens for verbal ability skills and shortlists candidates who can write and articulate clearly and concisely. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of written English and be able to communicate effectively in business situations.

Covered skills:

  • Foundations of vocabulary
  • Understanding analogies and inferences
  • Using accurate grammar
  • Analyzing detailed written information
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Verbal Reasoning Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Content writers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Verbal ability online test contains 15 MCQ questions to assess a candidate's linguistic and logical abilities and takes ~20 minutes. The reports are automatically generated, and recruiters can use the generated insights to identify the candidates with the best verbal reasoning skills.

The pre-employment verbal reasoning test measures how fluent candidates are in English and how good they are at articulating ideas and concepts. Verbal ability skills are essential for a variety of roles. They are often included as part of a broader application process, where the candidates are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and workplace etiquette. The questions in the test evaluate critical verbal reasoning skills candidates are expected to have:

  • Language and comprehension skills
  • Understanding business language
  • Comparing different written texts to each other
  • Analyzing written information to make logical and reasoned deductions
  • Communicating the inferences with colleagues
Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

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Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Verbal Reasoning Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Overseas office
Your company recently opened a second office overseas. Some of the people from the original office will be relocating. All the people hired in the last six months will continue working in the original location where they were hired. Which of the following statements can be true regarding employees relocating?


China manufacturing
The cost of manufacturing phones in China is twenty percent lesser than the cost of manufacturing phones in Vietnam. Even after adding shipping fees and import taxes, it is cheaper to import phones from China to Vietnam than to manufacture phones in Vietnam. Which of the following statements is best supported by the given information. 
A: The shipping fee from China to Vietnam is more than 20% of the cost of manufacturing a phone in China.
B: The import taxes on a phone imported from China to Vietnam is less than 20% of the cost of manufacturing the phone in China. 
C: Importing phones in Vietnam will cut 20% of the manufacturing jobs in Vietnam.
D: It takes 20% more time to manufacture a phone in Vietnam than it does in China.
E: Labour costs in Vietnam are 20% higher than in China.


Commerical Premises
A large real estate company conducted a recent study of their customers. The study was designed to uncover insights regarding the main criteria for choosing to invest in a residential property. A majority of the customers surveyed stated the 'returns profile' was their main priority, followed by 'development potential' and 'stability of income'. 'Portfolio legacy' ranked at the bottom in the list of factors. It was interesting to note that respondents were less likely to have residential holdings that formed part of mixed-use assets i.e. as an add on to commercial investment. One might assume that more investors are proactively investing in residential real estate rather than having incidental exposure via business investments. 
Based on the given passage, what can we say about the following statement?

Business owners having commercial premises often have a residential property as part of their portfolio.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Overseas office
2 mins
Verbal Reasoning


China manufacturing
2 mins
Verbal Reasoning


Commerical Premises
2 mins
Verbal Reasoning
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Overseas office
Verbal Reasoning
Medium2 mins
China manufacturing
Verbal Reasoning
Easy2 mins
Commerical Premises
Verbal Reasoning
Medium2 mins
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Verbal Reasoning Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Verbal Reasoning Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

What kind of questions are used in Verbal Ability Tests?

There will be 15 scenario-based MCQ questions in the standard MCQ format. Candidates are presented with a short passage of text which they will have to interpret and pick the correct options among a set of possible answers. The questions will require candidates to:

  • Read and comprehend written information
  • Understand the relationships between words
  • Draw logical conclusions from given information
  • Solve problems using verbal reasoning skills

This test does not require candidates to have any previous knowledge or require any preparation before appearing for the test. It focuses on testing mainly for:

  • English proficiency - Candidates must know business level English to do well
  • Verbal critical reasoning and reading comprehension - The questions are simulated to represent workplace text. Candidates must be able to digest written information and pick the correct answers quickly and accurately.

Can I evaluate aptitude skills along with verbal ability skills?

Yes. You can evaluate other cognitive ability skills along with verbal ability skills such as numerical reasoning, spatial reasoning, and situational judgement. For roles focused on data crunching, you can evaluate data interpretation skills in the same test. You can read more about how Adaface aptitude tests are designed and review a few sample aptitude questions.

What roles can I use the Verbal Reasoning Test for?

  • Content writer
  • Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Graduate
  • Intern
  • Customer-facing roles
  • Marketing Executives

What topics are covered in the Verbal Reasoning Test?

Spelling and Grammar
Assertion and Reason
Coding and Decoding
Direction and Distance
Decision Making
Situational Judgement
Data Sufficiency
Synonyms and Antonyms
Sentence Correction
Effective Summary
Cause and Effect
Sentence Equivalence
Date and Time (Clocks and Calendars)
Reading Comprehension
Selection and Logical Order of Words
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.

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What is a verbal ability test?

Verbal ability tests measure how quickly and accurately a person can read and understand written information. The candidates will be given a short text, followed by a question about what was just read. To answer correctly, candidates need to identify the main points within the text and then link them back to the original question. Some verbal reasoning questions will require the candidates to do this in reverse. The verbal reasoning tests evaluate the understanding of language and the level of verbal comprehension and logic. The verbal reasoning tests are designed for different roles and jobs in an organization's hierarchy. Depending on the experience level and the job description, the following vary from test to test:

  • The topic of the questions
  • The scenario the questions are based on (reflective of workplace communication and real-world examples)
  • The difficulty level of the reasoning questions

How many types of verbal reasoning tests are there?

There are 21 types of verbal ability reasoning tests. Some have subtle differences, while a few have significant variations in the format and structure. Most of these differences arise because of:

  • Length of the written information to analyze
  • Context, topic and style of the presented information
  • Question type and presentation format

These 21 types are conceptual and are not attuned to hiring. Here are the 21 types:

  • Letter Code
  • Letter Series
  • Letter Sentence
  • Compound Word
  • Missing Letter
  • Move a Letter
  • Missing Three-Letter Word
  • Create Words in the Same Way
  • Letter Sums
  • Number Series
  • Hidden Four-Letter Word
  • Words Closest in Meaning
  • Related Words
  • Word Links
  • Facts and Riddles
  • Antonyms
  • Completing the Sum
  • Missing Number
  • Number Code
  • Completing the Third Pair
  • Double Meaning

We have analyzed these long-researched types and translated these test types into workplace verbal reasoning tests. These verbal reasoning tests are used for various jobs in technical, placements, mid-level, managerial, administrative and leadership hiring.

How is the verbal reasoning test customized for freshers?

For graduates and fresher roles, the questions will be of more manageable levels. The scenarios used to create questions will be easy to understand without workplace jargon while ensuring that the questions capture core reasoning skills. You can also check our campus recruitment aptitude test, which evaluates verbal reasoning and other crucial analytical thinking skills.

How is the verbal reasoning online test customized for senior candidates?

For mid-level and senior candidates, the test is customized in the following ways:

  • The difficulty level of questions is from medium to hard
  • The written information provided for each question will be based on workplace scenarios
  • Along with verbal comprehension and reasoning, the questions will judge for situational judgement and communication skills

Does the verbal ability test screen for English comprehension?

Yes. There will be ~7 MCQs to evaluate a candidate on English vocabulary. If you'd require a test focusing more on English and less on verbal reasoning, you can check the English proficiency test with 12 English MCQs and 8 Verbal reasoning MCQs.

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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