VERBAL TEST (Synonyms and Antonyms)


This test tests your knowledge of the English Language. by the use of synonyms and antonyms. Some employers use similar tests as part of their selection procedures and this test will give you some idea of what to expect.

The test has 39 questions and you will have 5 minutes to do them. At the end of the test (when 5 minutes have elapsed), you will be given a score. You can still continue answering questions for practice after this point, but your score will not change. In the test you will not be told which words are synonyms and which are antonyms.

The test will start with two example questions which will not be marked or timed. Look at the word and work out which of the three other words below it is either its synonym or antonym. Now click on the "First Question" button below to begin. Click on the button beneath your answer to answer it. You can change your answer by clicking on another button.You can also go back to the previous question, by clicking on the previous question button. When you have finished the test click on "Get Your Score"

The answers to the examples are as follows:



Time Left :



As mentioned before, this test is for practice only, so you should not regard your result as of importance chiefly because the test was not taken under proper test conditions e.g. in a silent room with no disturbances. Your performance can also be distorted if you have a cold, or have not slept well. Also, evidence shows that international students or those from ethnic minorities may be disadvantaged in this type of test, due to language and cultural differences. If your first language is not English, your score is likely to be lower on such verbal tests than native English speakers. Mature students may also sometimes be disadvantaged and you should remember that your degree subject may change your performance - for example scientists are likely to do better on mathematical tests and Humanities students on verbal tests. Even your ability to use a mouse may influence your score! Having said all this it is still natural for you to want some feedback on your performance.



For further example tests and help with tests , see our Aptitude Tests page including example tests on-line and tips on how to pass these. There are now several free practice aptitude tests available on the University of Kent careers web site. The tests are Numerical Reasoning , Numerical Test 2 slightly harder graphs and tables test, Verbal Reasoning , Verbal (Synonyms) , Letter Sequences (logical thinking) and Diagrammatic/Spatial

Also see our homonyms and CV spelling mistakes tests


The answers to this test are not confidential and are as follows:

Question Answer Question Answer
S = Synonym (Similar or identical meaning) A = Antonym (contrary meaning)
1 follow
2 lead A
21 conscious
2 insensible A
2 fresh
1 stale A
22 obscure
2 transparent A
3 cargo
1 freight S
23 gauge
3 measure S
4 fable
3 tale S
24 disparage
1 belittle S
5 respect
1 esteem S
25 misapprehend
3 understand A
6 juvenile
2 adult A
26 spurious
1 genuine A
7 leisure
3 work A
27 transient
2 temporary S
8 permit
2 prohibit A
28 disparate
3 different S
9 journal
1 magazine S
29 ostensible
2 apparent S
10 auspicious
3 promising S
30 undaunted
3 discouraged A
11 striped
3 plain A
31 saturnine
1 cheerful A
12 simple
3 complex
32 panegyric
3 eulogy S
13 sketch
2 drawing S
33 pacific
2 aggressive A
14 hollow
1 solid A
34 lachrymose
3 tearful S
15 doubt
2 certainty A
35 extirpate
1 destroy S
16 verse
3 prose A
36 felicity
2 sadness A
17 avenue
3 road S
37 vilify
2 revile S
18 piece
1 fragment S
38 sanguine
1 pessimistic A
19 infringe
3 violate S
39 contiguous
3 touching S
20 tidy
1 unkempt A


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