Verbal Reasoning Exam Tips | Victoria Police Practice Exams

How to Pass the Verbal Reasoning Exam

Specific skills you need to know:

Quick Tips

  • Answer easier questions first
    By the time you have completed the Acer Practice Exams or the practice exams found on this website, you will have a good idea of what types of questions you find difficult. When it comes to the entrance exam, skip these and come back to them later.
  • Read the questions carefully
    Some questions, especially the logic-based questions, require careful reading of the question to ensure you don’t miss out on important information. Try not to rush it, take your time.
  • How hard is the Verbal Reasoning section on the entrance exam?
    It is the same difficulty as the Acer Practice Exam as well as the 5x Practice Exams found on his website.

There are 4 different types of questions asked in this exam including:

1| Logic-Based Questions

E.g. Which two statements together prove that the cricket player wearing the red jersey was in the team that lost the grand final?

A. the cricket player on the losing side wore yellow
B. Rick is a cricket player and he wears a blue jersey
C. Rick’s cricket team was runners up in the Grand Final
D. the cricket team which Rick’s team played in the Grand Final wore red jerseys
E. Rick’s pants are also white

This type of verbal reasoning question requires working out whether the statements (in bold above) support or don’t support the claim in the question.

Usually, several of the answers can be quickly ruled out as they clearly have information different to the question.

The key is to take your time reading the question to identify the key words of what you are trying to prove.

Rushing through the question may result in missing crucial information and time-pressure can cause mistakes.

Let’s look at an example. In the practice question above, what are we trying to prove are the key words that are highlighted in bold:

 cricket player wearing the red jersey was in the team that lost the grand final?

Looking at the answers, we can rule out options A & B straight away:

A. the cricket player on the losing side wore yellow
B. Rick is a cricket player and he wears a blue jersey

Why? Because we are trying to prove the losing team wore red. Answer ‘A’ mentions yellow and ‘B’ mentioned blue.

We don’t need any info on the pants so we can rule out answer ‘E’ below.

E. Rick’s pants are also white

The answer is C & D.

In this example, the answer can be found by deduction or you can simply look for the answers by scanning the words for the key info you need. 

In the practice exams we offer on this website, you will find plenty of examples of this type of question to get the extra practice if you need it.

2| Word Associations #1

E.g. Which word is most similar in meaning to particular

A. special
B. simple
C. careful
D. specific
E. obvious  

It’s harder to prepare for these sort of verbal reasoning questions. 

In the official Acer exam preparation guide, they mentioned the importance of reading a lot, yet how much reading do you have to do? and it doesn’t mean you’ll come across the words in the exam. 

With that said, we can use the method of deduction to help us answer this type of question. 

Usually there are 2-3 words that are clearly not the answer, leaving a couple of potential ‘maybe’s’. 

Looking at the example above; we can rule out ‘simple’ and ‘careful’ as they are not even close to the meaning of ‘particular’.

‘Special’ is something with more emphasis so it isn’t quite the same as ‘particular’.

This leaves ‘specific’ and ‘obvious’. 

If your not sure on the answer, a 50% guess rate is pretty good, so go with your gut and move on. 

In this case, ‘specific’ is the answer.

3| Word Associations #2

E.g. Which two words do not belong with the rest of the group?

A. operating
B. planned
C. process
D. technique
E. method
F. procedure

For these types of verbal reasoning questions, we have to identify what four of the words have in common.

Looking at the example above, what do the words mean? what do they have in common? can you see a pattern? 

If nothing comes to mind, you can create a sentence using the above words and see if the sentence makes sense swapping out each key word. 

For example, ‘he had an excellent [insert key words]’. 

If you go through the list, the sentence makes sense with the bottom 4 words but not with ‘operating’ and ‘planned’. The word ‘plan’ would be similar to the bottom 4 words, but ‘planned’ is past tense, so its not the same.

This type of question can be hard. 

You are either going to know the answer or not, and some guessing may be involved. 

As always, do plenty of practice and if your struggling to pass these practice exams, then you probably need some extra tutoring.

4| Comparisons

E.g. Lion is to flesh as cow is to:

A. snake
B. grass
C. worm
D. animal
E. butter

These comparison questions can either be really simple or a nightmare. 

It’s better to take your time if you are unsure as speed can be your enemy here. 

Similar to Word Association questions, there are usually a couple of potential answers we can rule out quickly.

In the example above, we are looking for the relationship between lion and flesh
In this case, the relationship could be either, A) the lion eats flesh or B) lion’s have flesh. Both are true.
So moving onto cow, what does a cow eat or have? 
Well it certainly doesn’t eat or have snakes, animals or worms, so let’s rule them out. 
It doesn’t produce butter either, so that’s gone. 
Leaving our answer, grass.

Final Takeaway

If you struggled with the Acer Practice Exam, then I highly recommend getting more practice. 

After all, the difficulty level for the Verbal Reasoning exam on the Entrance exam is the same as the Acer Practice Exam.

I offer 5x verbal reasoning practice exams on this website, which will help provide you with the extra practice you may need.

If you would like extra help on a question, drop me an email. If you are struggling with the Verbal Reasoning section, then I recommend seeking the services of a tutor. 

Good luck with the prep!

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