Cognitive Ability Test

Verbal Reasoning Test

A quick and easy way to test candidates' verbal ability.

Clevry Verbal Reasoning Test

Easily assess a candidate’s verbal reasoning ability and see how they work with written and verbal information.

The Clevry Verbal Reasoning Test makes it easy to assess your candidates’ verbal reasoning ability, see how they interpret verbal and written information at any level.

Developed by our team of in-house business psychologists, all Clevry tests are built to adhere to rigorous guidelines published by the British  Psychologists’ Associations (BPA), meaning our verbal tests can be trusted to have high validity.  

Select from one of our off-the-shelf norm groups to easily compare your candidates against global benchmarks, or create your own.

Time limit:

10 minutes



Ave. completion time:

7 minutes

Verbal Reasoning Test

Verbal testing for every level

Gain a fairer and more objective measure of candidates' ability to work with written and verbal information across all levels, from graduates and apprentices to managers and C-Suite.

Gain deeper insights into how they interact with verbal information in a workplace context and make better hiring decisions.

Clevry verbal reasoning tests can be used across a range of roles and situations from initial hiring to development.

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Improve the candidate experience by adding your own company logo and branding to our platform to give your candidates a seamless recruitment experience.

Easily build your own assessment campaigns by choosing from our library of off-the-shelf psychometric assessments, or work with our team of occupational psychologists to develop custom built assessments tailored to your organisational framework or specific roles.

Verbal reasoning tests led by science

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The Clevry assessment platform provides powerful insights into your candidates’ personality, ability and motivational drivers within the workplace. Gain a more well-rounded view of your future talent and their ability to perform in the role.

Choose from a range of psychometric reports including personality profiles, onboarding reports, team strengths and leadership reports so your new recruits can hit the ground running.

Our assessment division was originally founded as Criterion Partnership in 1991 by Richard Hunter, who prior to this co-built the OPQ at SHL.

Clevry’s personality and cognitive ability tests are based on rational model which means all our psychometric assessments have the highest predictive validity of different psychometric tests.

  • Measuring distinct elements of personality (traits), not broad domains. Shows “strength of preference” on a scale, rather than categorising people on one side or another.
  • Find our scale library here.
  • Candidates’ responses are always compared to a norm group.
  • High levels of reliability and validity.
  • Accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Verbal reasoning tests empower recruiters to streamline the initial stages of the hiring process by more effectively screening candidates. This saves time and resources and also helps organisations identify individuals possessing the right language comprehension and analytical skills to succeed in the role.

With automated scoring, the need for manual effort is minimised, ensuring a consistent and unbiased evaluation process. This automation frees up recruiters to concentrate on result interpretation and engagement with candidates who showcase the right skills.

The scalability of verbal reasoning tests allows organisations to assess a considerable number of candidates without incurring a substantial rise in recruitment expenses. This scalability enhances the efficiency of the assessment process while maintaining cost-effectiveness.

Verbal reasoning ability tests offer an impartial and equitable method for evaluating candidates based on their language comprehension and analytical skills.

Automated scoring minimises the risk of bias linked to gender, ethnicity, or other demographic elements, fostering a hiring process that is both fair and impartial.

Verbal reasoning tests provide a predictive way of assessing and selecting candidates based on their verbal skills. 

Verbal reasoning tests gauge a candidate’s ability to comprehend and analyse written information. Strong communication skills, including the capacity to interpret complex written data, are vital for success in most jobs today. Assessing this skill helps predict how well candidates can articulate and understand information relevant to their job responsibilities.

Clevry complies with UK GDPR and stores all data with UK datacentres. Our GDPR compliance is driven by our internal data security policies and experience with data protection laws since 1992. 

Our data security policies are ISO27001 certified, ensuring high standards for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving our information security management system.

It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks.

Our accreditation is subject to external audit on an annual basis. 

ISO certification can be checked by visiting the QMSUK website here and entering our certification number 291682018.

For organisations

Verbal reasoning test FAQs

A verbal test is for roles where candidates will need to comprehend, analyse, and draw conclusions from written information.

Under timed conditions, candidates will be presented with a paragraph of text about a given topic and must decide if the statements are ‘true’, ‘false’, or ‘cannot say’, by evaluating the information using their critical reasoning skills.

Verbal reasoning tests are particularly beneficial for roles that require strong communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to interpret and analyse written information. These roles include:

  • Communication-intensive positions:
    Such as marketing, public relations, customer service, and roles that involve frequent written correspondence.

  • Management and leadership roles:
    Assessing verbal reasoning is crucial for individuals who need to convey information effectively and make informed decisions based on written data.

  • Analytical and research positions:
    Roles that involve synthesising information, conducting literature reviews, or interpreting complex written data, such as research analysts.

  • Legal and compliance roles:
    Given the importance of precise communication and the interpretation of legal documents, verbal reasoning tests are relevant for legal professionals and compliance officers.

Verbal reasoning tests evaluate a candidate’s proficiency in various skills, including:

  • Language comprehension:
    Assessing the ability to understand and interpret written information accurately.

  • Critical thinking:
    Evaluating the candidate’s capacity to analyse and draw logical conclusions from written data.

  • Inference and deduction:
    Testing the ability to make reasonable inferences and deductions based on the information presented.

  • Communication skills:
    Assessing the candidate’s clarity and coherence in expressing thoughts and ideas in a written format.

  • Problem-solving abilities:
    Verbal reasoning tests often include scenarios that require candidates to solve problems or make decisions based on the information provided.
  • Objective assessment:
    Verbal reasoning tests provide an objective and standardised way to assess candidates, reducing the influence of personal biases in the evaluation process.

  • Efficient screening:
    These tests enable recruiters to efficiently screen candidates in the early stages, saving time and resources by quickly identifying individuals with strong verbal reasoning skills.

  • Predictive validity:
    Success in verbal reasoning tests often correlates with success in roles that require effective communication, critical thinking, and decision-making.

  • Identification of top talent:
    By evaluating communication and analytical skills, verbal reasoning tests help identify candidates with the potential to excel in positions that demand strong verbal abilities.

  • Streamlined hiring process:
    Implementing verbal reasoning tests contributes to a more streamlined hiring process, allowing recruiters to focus on engaging with candidates who have demonstrated essential verbal aptitude.
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