SHL VMG

The VMG is a series of verbal reasoning tests aimed at the managerial and graduate level which belong to a test battery known as MGIB – Managerial and Graduate Item Bank. There are 6 verbal reasoning tests labelled VMG1-6, with VMG 6 reflecting the latest version. The VMG tests are often taken online but have been used by many organisations for supervised re-testing (assuming an online version has previously been completed) at an assessment centre stage. This verification process adheres to fixed question booklets although the organisation can use any version they wish. However, the online tests vary in terms of the content to prevent candidates sharing answers to questions.

For the online assessment, a test is produced for each candidate using a number of items selected from an item bank; a pool of items. The items are chosen based upon their difficult levels such that each candidate is given a test of comparable difficulty. Candidates are required to answer questions which require verbal reasoning using information contained in passages of text. There are 3 options to choose from; ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Cannot Say’ which is determined based upon the information contained in the passage. Only 1 of the options is correct. Those with English as their first language may have an advantage over others; however the low cut-offs or requirement criteria to pass will ensure that no one is disadvantaged over others. It is advised that candidates practise as much as possible.

The results of each test are compared against a relevant ‘norm’ group, which consists of similar individuals who have previously completed the same test; this helps to benchmark a candidate’s response against others to see how well they have done in comparison.

The Verbal reasoning tests consists of 24 questions with around 12 minutes in which to complete them. You are advised to work both quickly and accurately. For more information, see ‘Ability Tests’ under the ‘Psychometrics’ tab.

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