Verbal Reasoning Test | Revelian Platform

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The Revelian Verbal Reasoning Test (RVRT) is a traditional 10-minute timed assessment that measures verbal problem-solving skills.

Measure verbal reasoning ability

Assess the ability to reason using words and understand verbal relationships.

Predict verbal aspects of job performance

Results from the Verbal Reasoning Test predict each candidate’s capacity to effectively solve verbal problems.

35 questions

Candidates will complete up to 35 questions that assess their ability to accurately process verbal information.


The Verbal Reasoning Test is timed and will take candidates 10 minutes to complete.

Request a demo

You can try the assessment for yourself. Simply request a demo here.

Please note: Demos are un-scored and a report will not be generated.

Defining verbal reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning Test (RVRT) measures a person’s ability to understand relationships and concepts framed in words, and to reason and solve problems using words. Verbal reasoning has strong links to job performance in a variety of roles: generally, any roles that require the ability to work with words.

Why use the RVRT?

Many roles require a high level of verbal ability. In certain roles, successful employees need to understand highly technical reports, or draw conclusions based on written information and quickly grasp concepts framed in words and written information. Verbal reasoning becomes more important as a predictor of job performance as the complexity of the job increases.

Generally speaking, people who score well in the verbal reasoning test can:

  • Quickly grasp written concepts
  • Effectively solve problems using verbal information
  • Make sound logical decisions involving words and verbal information.

The candidate experience

The test has 35 questions and candidates have 10 minutes to complete as many questions as they can.

In the example question below, the candidate needs to determine which two words are unlike the other four. Other questions ask them which two statements prove a statement, and how different words relate to each other. All questions become more difficult as the candidate progresses.


Once candidates complete the RVRT, their raw score out of 35 is compared to one or more normative comparison groups to provide you with percentile scores, that indicate how their scores compare to those of the selected normative groups.

Normative comparison groups

Depending on your configuration, you may be able to compare your candidates to one or more of the following normative groups:

  • General population - individuals from a broad range of industries and management levels
  • Industry group - an accounting & finance group and public service industry group are available for the RVRT
  • Management level - a graduate group is available for the RVRT
  • Company benchmark - a benchmark of your own employees, which can be selected from a specific department, location or role.


Individual report

You'll usually receive a candidate's RVRT report within 10 minutes of them completing the assessment. Depending on your configuration, you may receive a summary version of the report (which includes a link to the full version) or the full version of the report. The content below refers to the full version.

Position report

You may also receive an overall position report that allows you to compare all of your candidates' performance on the assessment.

Feedback reports

Unless you specify otherwise, your candidates will receive a feedback report once they complete the RNRT, which gives them a very high level overview of their results. You can view an example candidate feedback report here.

Please don't provide copies of the individual or position reports to your candidates. They contain content, or links to content, about the performance of other candidates and how the candidate ranks against them, so it's not appropriate to provide this information to candidates. The only report that is suitable for candidates to view is the feedback report, which they may receive automatically once they complete the assessment.

Understanding the RVRT report

When a candidate completes the test, they’ll get a raw score out of 35, which is then compared against other people who’ve also completed the test.

In the example below, the candidate has been compared against two different groups, which gives you a tiered perspective of their performance.

RVRT results

Score verification

When a candidate is retested under supervised conditions for verification purposes, a 'V' will appear beside the candidate's score (as shown in the results table above). The verification test includes different questions, which were matched in format and difficulty to the questions in the original test that the candidate completed. This process is used to confirm the validity of the candidate's original test scores. If a candidate's score was confirmed when retested, then their original score is verified and retained in the report.


  1. Although verbal reasoning tests are accurate, a candidate's results may be influenced by such things as the environment in which the test was taken and their comfort with the testing process. Therefore, the candidate's test score should be considered as an approximation of their level of verbal reasoning ability.
  2. It's important to note that this assessment requires a year 10 level of Australian English. The results of candidates who do not possess a year 10 level of Australian English may be adversely affected by their English proficiency. In such cases, the candidate's score will reflect a combination of their English skills and verbal reasoning ability, and will not provide an accurate approximation of their level of verbal reasoning ability.

Additional RVRT resources

Technical manual (Information brief)

Example individual report (summary version)

Example individual report (full version)

Example position report

Example candidate feedback report

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