About Barclays Verbal Reasoning Tests
Barclays use verbal reasoning tests as part of their recruitment process to help them select the best candidates for a particular role.
Verbal reasoning tests are used by Barclays to measure applicants' ability to comprehend written information and use reasoning skills to answer questions relating to a passage of text. If you require strong verbal reasoning skills in a role at Barclays, a psychometric test is a good way for Barclays to objectively quantify your verbal skills and compare them with the skills of other job applicants.
Barclays wants to be sure that the people it recruits have the ability to perform well in the role for which they are applying, and psychometric tests have been shown to be a better predictor of future job performance than traditional indicators such as degree qualification. So if you've been asked to sit a verbal reasoning test don't resent it, just remember that it is a fair and objective measure of your verbal skills. Also, if you are not suited to a particular role, a psychometric test will probably highlight this to Barclays and save you the dissatisfaction of struggling in a role for which your skills and traits are not best suited.
The most common format of verbal tests used by recruiters such as Barclays adopts the style of 'true, false, cannot say' questions. With these, you are asked to read a passage of text (typically 100 to 200 words) and within a fixed time limit you must decide whether certain statements relating to the text are either:
- True based on the information contained within the passage;
- False based on the information contained within the passage or;
- Cannot say whether it is true or false without further information.
The important thing to remember with this type of verbal reasoning test is to base your answers on only the information contained within the passage. A common mistake often made by Barclays applicants is to jump to conclusions or make assumptions about what they are reading.
Barclays Verbal Reasoning Test Questions
Verbal comprehension tests are similar to verbal reasoning tests in that there is a passage of text to critically analyse with multiple choice answer options. The subtle difference is that the questions are not asking whether something is true, false, or not possible to say; they ask different questions about your understanding of the passage. Again with this type of test you will have to work both quickly and accurately.
For verbal ability testing, Barclays will use the services of a test publishing company. Test publishers employ occupational psychologists to design psychometric tests which are a fair and reliable measure of potential job performance. Lots of research goes into designing psychometric tests which are accurate and do not discriminate against any group of people. If you do have a disability which you think should be taken into account, make sure you inform Barclays in advance of your test so that everyone has an equal chance to demonstrate their true verbal reasoning ability.
The online verbal test used by Barclays will randomly draw upon questions from a large central database of questions, so the chance of any two candidates seeing a test containing exactly the same questions is very slim. This way, Barclays guards against the security of their test questions being compromised.
Why practise Verbal Reasoning Tests?
If you are invited to take an online verbal test, you will have to achieve a minimum score before being selected to progress to the next round in the recruitment process. After you have passed this initial sifting stage you are likely to be assessed further in a number of ways including work simulations (for example role play exercise, in-tray exercise, case study exercise). You may also be asked to take a second verbal reasoning test. This second test is to verify that the score you achieved online was in fact achieved by you and not someone else.
During the recruitment process, Barclays will want to search through a large pool of applicants quickly but efficiently. They don't want to let a star candidate slip through the net but equally they'd rather not spend months interviewing each candidate face to face. This is where psychometric tools play an important role, particularly aptitude tests such as numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning.
You can improve your changes of performing your best in the Barclays verbal test by practising some example questions. Practice will allow you to become familiar with the format and style of the tests and calm your nerves before starting the real Barclays test.
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