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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trotman; 1 edition (6 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844552454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844552450
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best coach for verbal reasoning

From the Publisher

Are you looking for essential information on how to pass a verbal reasoning test? Practise and Pass - Professional: Verbal Reasoning Tests is essential reading for anyone who wants to shine during any recruitment process that includes the verbal reasoning test.

Companies increasingly use verbal reasoning tests to help narrow down shortlists of job applicants so it is vital you are prepared to pass this test to increase your chances of getting the job.

This book is written by business psychologists who specialise in recruitment and is packed full of hundreds of real-life test questions so you know what to expect and can practise the verbal reasoning tests yourself to maximise your chances of passing.

The tests are supported with tips and advice so that you are completely at ease with the process and can take the test feeling confident and capable.

Don't let the verbal reasoning test jeopardise your job application; with the advice and tips in this book you'll be well-prepared to perform at your very best and win the job you deserve.

Practise and Pass Professional is a new series from Trotman that ensures you prepare for and pass key recruitment selection tests. Each workbook is packed with hundreds of real test questions used in graduate and professional recruitment, as well as insider advice and tips on how you can practise and pass. Written by assessment specialists, you will find all the answers at your fingertips so you pass with flying colours.

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There are many problems with this book:

1 - The number of questions is small
2 - The questions are too easy even for what is billed as the most complex section.
3 - The explanations do not actually help that much, particularly as the answer is or isn't in the text. In real tests, the situation is more complex and in many cases you have to cross match information from different paragraphs.
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I found this book very disappointing and I am prepared to bet that most of the positive reviews posted here are fake. Indeed many were posted just 3 weeks after publication date - very odd.

Here are my comments on the book:

1 - The author makes a distinction between verbal comprehension, verbal reasoning and verbal critical reasoning. Yet when you look at the exercises, there isn't that much difference at all. This is just a gimmick to make the book look like more than what it actually is.

2 - Most of the exercises are actually too simple compared to what you would find in real tests. For example in many real tests, you have to cross match information from several paragraphs to come up with an answer. In this book, the vast majority of the answers are based on one line in the text. This makes the exercises too easy and certainly one would have expected the critical reasoning exercises to be far more complex than they are.

3 - The author was lazy in his approach. At one stage he states: "These practice questions are equivalent to those in real verbal critical reasoning tests except that in the real test there would be more verbal information..." So that is NOT equivalent then, is it! The texts should be far longer and more complex.

4 - The book contains only about 115 practice questions. That is peanuts.

The low number of questions, combined with the low level of difficulty means that you can use this book as no more than an introduction to verbal reasoning.

On the plus side, the explanations are reasonably good, but no more than you would find for free online.
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I bought this book along with its 'Numerical Reasoning Tests' to help me practice for job selection tests. Both have had some success.

Starting with the good points, the early chapters explaining what the tests are for, how they are conducted, and test-taking strategies are fairly useful if you aren't already in the possession of a test-taking skill set (I am certainly not anymore!). However, for those of you at universities, I dare say you could get this information from your careers service.

The final chapters, what happens after and the "why you shouldn't cheat" section are also quite useful if you're unfamiliar with these tests.

There are also a good number of examples for you to practice with.

However, this is where I am having doubts. The biggest issue is that in the verbal critical reasoning tests (the hardest, and for me, most important) there is an actual mistake in the statement we are asked to evaluate, in that the 'question' statement is different to the 'answer' statement on the following page. So how am I meant to know which is the correct option? If the wording of the 'answer' statement was used in the 'question' I would have chosen a different option.

There are also a few spelling mistakes and silly typos in the book that lead me to question its accuracy overall and the attention to detail it was given by the author and/ or publisher.

In summary, yes it is useful, and cheap (thankfully!) but take the answers with a pinch of salt and try to develop your own sense of reasoning rather than rely on the information in the book. The strategies and advice given is good, but for the tests there are test-taking websites out there that offer some free practices, and for graduates, your University careers service may help you too.
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I bought this book and the numeracy book. This one was excellent and the numeracy one was terrible.. The first two chapters of both books are identical, just substitute numeracy for verbal reasoning in the appropriate places. Both books emphasize the need for a wide range of questions and point out that a primary reason for failure includes practicing only one type of question. The numeracy book the goes on to provide pages and pages of one type of question (see my other review) Fortunately for me my maths is good and I scored well no thanks to the numeracy book. The verbal reasoning book however was actually very good and was a definate help! The 'tests' are very short and consist of a paragraph of text followed by 5-6 questions. You can check your answers after each 'test'. There is a clear explaination of each answer and you can see where you have gone wrong if you answer incorrectly. This book really helps you think in the right type of way to take a numerical reasoning test. Unlike the numeracy book I really do credit this book with the result I obtained in the test I took. I would recommend this book.
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The examples are good to practice on but he doesn't really give you any real tips. He/she just keeps stating the obvious and saying not much about anything really. It's not only that but I would have preferred tips that help me get the tests done quicker as time is an issue in these tests. Also the online tests info isn't great either. It's a waste really. I gave it a three because there are some examples.
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