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About the test:

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
  • Word meanings and relationships
  • Critical reasoning
  • Using accurate grammar
  • Analyzing detailed written information
  • Comprehension of real-world text

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Verbal Reasoning Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Business Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Verbal Reasoning Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Thorough understanding of foundational vocabulary
  • Demonstrating accurate grammar usage
  • Applying knowledge of analogies and inferences
  • Analyzing detailed written information effectively
  • Identifying word meanings and relationships
  • Demonstrating comprehension of real-world text
  • Applying critical reasoning skills
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.

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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.

How we design questions

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
Inferential Reasoning
Reading Comprehension
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
Economic reasoning
Cost analysis
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
Reading comprehension
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.
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ Skill


Overseas office
Inferential Reasoning
Reading Comprehension

2 mins

Verbal Reasoning


China manufacturing
Economic reasoning
Cost analysis

2 mins

Verbal Reasoning


Commerical Premises
Reading comprehension

2 mins

Verbal Reasoning
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› Time
Overseas office
Inferential Reasoning
Reading Comprehension
Verbal Reasoning
Easy2 mins
China manufacturing
Economic reasoning
Cost analysis
Verbal Reasoning
Medium2 mins
Commerical Premises
Reading comprehension
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.

Science behind Adaface tests
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.

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Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

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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.

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Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

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About the Verbal Reasoning Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Verbal Reasoning Test?

The Verbal Reasoning Test makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Demonstrating strong foundational vocabulary skills
  • Applying accurate grammar in written communication
  • Understanding and analyzing analogies and inferences
  • Analyzing detailed written information effectively
  • Interpreting word meanings and relationships
  • Comprehending real-world text with accuracy
  • Utilizing critical reasoning in problem-solving
  • Adapting verbal communication style to different contexts
  • Constructing coherent and coherent arguments
  • Synthesizing information from various sources

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the Verbal Reasoning Test?

  • Foundations of Vocabulary:

    This skill measures a candidate's knowledge and understanding of words, their meanings, and how they are used in context. It is important to assess this skill as a strong vocabulary is essential for effective communication, comprehension, and interpretation of written information.

  • Using Accurate Grammar:

    This skill assesses a candidate's ability to apply correct grammar rules in written communication. Accurate grammar is crucial for conveying ideas clearly and effectively, as well as for ensuring proper understanding and interpretation of written text.

  • Understanding Analogies and Inferences:

    This skill measures a candidate's ability to identify and comprehend relationships between words, concepts, or ideas. An understanding of analogies and inferences is important for critical thinking, problem-solving, and drawing logical conclusions from given information.

  • Analyzing Detailed Written Information:

    This skill evaluates a candidate's capability to examine and interpret detailed written information. It is essential to assess this skill as it reflects one's ability to extract key information, analyze complex data, and make informed decisions based on the provided text.

  • Word Meanings and Relationships:

    This skill assesses a candidate's understanding of different word meanings, as well as the relationships between words. It is important to measure this skill as it aids in effective communication, comprehension, and interpretation of textual content.

  • Comprehension of Real-World Text:

    This skill measures a candidate's ability to understand and interpret written information that relates to real-world scenarios. Assessing this skill is crucial as it demonstrates one's capability to comprehend practical, context-based content that may be encountered in various professional environments.

  • Critical Reasoning:

    This skill evaluates a candidate's capacity to analyze, evaluate, and generate reasoned arguments or claims. Assessing critical reasoning is significant as it reflects the ability to think logically, evaluate evidence, identify inconsistencies, and make informed decisions based on sound reasoning.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for Verbal Reasoning Test to be based on.

    Subject-Verb Agreement
    Sentence Structure
    Reading between the lines
    Drawing conclusions
    Recognizing patterns
    Identifying cause and effect
    Summarizing information
    Vocabulary in context
    Making inferences
    Recognizing main ideas
    Identifying supporting details
    Comparing and contrasting
    Sequencing events
    Identifying author's purpose
    Fact vs. opinion
    Logical reasoning
    Identifying assumptions
    Evaluating arguments
    Identifying rhetorical devices
    Drawing logical conclusions
    Analyzing evidence
    Identifying logical fallacies
    Critical thinking
    Reading comprehension
    Understanding passages
    Understanding timelines
    Understanding graphs and charts
    Understanding tables
    Understanding diagrams
    Understanding maps
    Understanding instructions
    Understanding non-fiction texts
    Understanding fiction texts
    Understanding persuasive texts
    Understanding informational texts
    Understanding technical texts
    Understanding scientific texts
    Understanding historical texts
    Understanding legal texts
    Understanding business texts

What roles can I use the Verbal Reasoning Test for?

  • Business Analyst
  • Content Writer
  • Marketing Professional
  • Consultant
  • Translator
  • Customer-facing roles
  • Marketing Associates

How is the Verbal Reasoning Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Conducting thorough research for supporting evidence
  • Identifying logical fallacies in arguments
  • Developing clear and concise written responses
  • Organizing information in a structured manner
  • Recognizing and resolving ambiguities in text
  • Evaluating the credibility and reliability of sources
  • Applying effective strategies for reading comprehension
  • Identifying cause-effect relationships in text
  • Drawing accurate conclusions from given information
  • Recognizing bias and assumptions in written content
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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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Verbal Reasoning Hiring Test FAQs

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. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

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
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

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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