Top Tips for Verbal Reasoning
1 April 2015
Verbal Reasoning can be tricky as a wide range of skills are tested, from logic problems to number equations. Here are some ways to focus your preparation:
- Read the question carefully. This is crucial: answer what the question is actually asking, not what you expect.
- Learn vocabulary. Though this is also important for the English questions, it can be central to Verbal Reasoning. A difficult word may trip you up, but it is a simple aspect to improve: always look in a dictionary any unfamiliar words that you may come across. Getting into this habit is a sure way to gain marks!
- Think outside the box. After reading the question closely, the answer may still be not what you first expect, so look carefully over all the possible answers.
- Focus on the relevant information. Questions may try to distract you with unrelated details. Try to recognise this and concentrate on the main parts.
- Read the question very carefully. If you have been reading carefully, you might have seen this tip already!