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How to prepare for the Verbal Reasoning Test

‘’The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration’’

So you’ve completed the first stage of our application process and have just been given seven days to complete your online Verbal Reasoning Test. Before you give it a go, why not check our top tips for taking the test! 

Before the Test

  1. You have seven days to complete the tests. Take time to practise some Verbal Reasoning Tests, such as with the free preparatory resources at www.trytalentq.com. This will help you become more comfortable with the format, and allow you to practice working quickly and accurately under timed conditions.
  2. Practise reading some academic texts to help you get used to digesting and comprehending complex language and arguments. The Economist and the Financial Times have a blend of statistics, figures and pithy language that can be useful for preparation.
  3. There is no need to brush up on general knowledge. Everything you need to answer each question will be specific to the text included in the test.
  4. Plan when you are going to take the test to fit in with when you feel most alert and focused. For some people this is in the morning, for others it’s the evening.

Taking the Test

  1. Try to find a quiet space to the take the test to avoid distractions.
  2. Ensure you have a suitable device to take the test on (a large screen can allow you to see the whole text without scrolling) and a good internet connection.
  3. Take time before sitting the test to get in the zone and focus on what you are going to do. Clear your mind of clutter as you would for a job interview. 
  4. Read the instructions carefully. Make sure you know how long you have for each question, understand the structure of the test overall, and how you will navigate through it.

During the Test

  1. Some people find it helpful to read the question before reading the passage of text so they know what they are looking for. Use the practice test to see what works for you! 
  2. Double check the exact command word in the question. For Example, it may say doesn’t rather than does.
  3. You may want to read the whole extract through. This will save you from rereading it when you have further questions on the same extract.
  4. Sometimes you may be asked to define a particular word.  If you are not familiar with the word look at the context and tone of the sentence, and the words around the particular word to help you decipher its meaning.
  5. Keep an eye on the time to ensure you don’t get timed out. You will be told when you are getting low on time for each question. 

Finally, stay calm and focused throughout the whole process of preparation and testing to help ensure that you perform to the best of your ability. Remember that we want you to do well.

If you have any questions about Frontline’s psychometric tests, or any other stage of the recruitment process, please get in touch: recruitment@thefrontline.org.uk 

Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to the Assessment Centre!