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How do Verbal Analogies work?

Does your job application require you to pass a verbal analogy test? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! offers realistic test simulations developed by psychologists with years of experience designing tests for large publishers such as CEB/Gartner, Talent Q, Kenexa and TalentLens.

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Example of a Verbal Analogies question.

The answer in the example above is "Flatterer". Slander and defame are synonym words referring to a false and defamatory statement or charge, sycophant and flatterer are synonym words used to describe someone who praises people.

What does a Verbal Analogy Test assess?

Ability tests are a typical part of the selection process, or for development within the workplace. Verbal analogies tests are standardized psychometric assessment tests (also used on SAT, GRE and other professional exams) that provide the employing organization with information about a candidate’s general verbal acuity and insight. Verbal analogies tests are designed to measure a candidate’s ability to recognize relationships between ideas, think methodically and fluency in the English language.

What you should know about Verbal Analogy Tests

Employers choose to use psychometric testing during their recruitment process to help give a better overall evaluation of candidate’s and their suitability for the job that they’re applying for. Psychometric testing could help to gauge the future performance of candidate's and also improve employee retention by making successful hiring decisions. 

The most common way for employers to use aptitude tests such as verbal analogies, is online. Traditionally, aptitude tests have taken the form of pen and paper but due to benefits such as saving valuable time and money, online testing is used more and more frequently. Undertaking aptitude tests is usually the follow-up action after an employer has accepted your CV or initial job application form.  

If you pass the online test in some cases you are invited to an assessment centre, which is usually done by larger employers. The term assessment centre is used due to the fact that employers conduct these extended assessment in a single centre, either an office of the employers themselves or at a third party venue. The assessment centre is often (but not always) a day that constitutes the final stage of the application process. At the assessment centre they will ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre to verify your earlier test scores, therefore don’t get your friends or family to help you out during the online test! 

Preparing for an assessment centre or online aptitude test can be stressful due to the fact that you don’t know what to expect. The best way to familiarize yourself is with practice aptitude tests that mimic the tests used by employers and recruiters. has prepared thousands of candidates for their assessments and aptitude tests by offering realistic test simulations with fully worked solutions. 

By practicing verbal analogies tests you can improve your performance during the real test by familiarizing yourself with the format and time-pressure. 

A verbal analogy is a word problem comprised of two different pairs of words. There are different types of verbal analogies that we will discuss in further detail. The first one is the ‘single verbal analogy’. In this version of the verbal analogy test, the word problem is set up to reveal one set of words first. This pair of words is related to each other in some way. Then the problem gives you the first word of the second pair and it is up to you to complete the second pair by choosing the second word out of the answer options. However, this second word must be related to the first word in the second pair in the same manner that the first pair of words is related to each other. In order to solve a verbal analogy, you need to find that relationship. 

Several relationships between pairs of words are possible. For instance, expect relations such as:

  • Antonyms: words that have opposite meanings.

  • Synonyms: words that have similar meanings, such as Buy – Purchase.

  • Descriptive: in which one word describes the other word, such as Blue – Ocean.

  • Part to Whole: in which one word is a part or piece of the other, such as Head – Body.

  • Steps in a Process: such as Cooking – Serving.

  • Cause and Effect: such as Fire – Scorch and Blizzard – Freeze

  • Things and Their Functions: such as Scissors – Cut.

  • Item to Category: in which one word names something that falls into the group named by the other, such as Lemonade – Beverage.

  • Implied Relationships: such as Clouds – Sun.

  • Symbol and What it Represents: such as Heart – Love.

Tips and tricks to ace your Verbal Analogy Test

Doing some research about the tests that you need to take is the most important step in preparation for any aptitude test. If you know what to expect you will increase your chances of performing well due to the fact that you’re familiar with the formats. Also, by practicing aptitude tests you will reveal your own strengths and weaknesses that you can work on in preparation for the actual assessment. 

Therefore, we advise you to find out the test publisher and exact name of the tests that you are about to take, and then search or contact us to get more details about this test. 

These effective test-taking strategy tips and tricks are well worth remembering before you take the actual verbal analogies tests:

  • Practice, practice and practice some more to ace your assessment and aptitude tests!

  • Take your time to carefully read the instructions before the test starts.

  • Try to determine the relationship between the first pair of words.

  • Turn the analogies into sentences. Read the analogy problems as sentences, even if they aren’t actually written that way.

  • Go through tough problems systematically.

  • Read all of the answer choices first before making a decision. This might sound obvious, but candidates commonly stop reading the answer choices once they’ve found what seems like a strong match.

  • Eliminate any pairs in the answers that do not have a similar type of relationship.

  • If the meaning of a word is unknown, then try to recollect the context in which you have come across the word.

  • Also, consider alternative meanings of words.

  • Take another look at the relationship possibilities as described above and try to look for them when trying to solve analogies.

  • If all else fails, eliminate the unlikely answers and make an educated guess.

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Verbal Analogies

Two related words are given + another word without its pair. Select the word that has the same relationship to the given word as the first pair.
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