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OLSAT Verbal Reasoning

There are seven types of OLSAT questions in the Verbal Reasoning category. Learn about the skills needed to master these questions and solve a sample question below. Good luck!
OLSAT Verbal Reasoning Sample Questions

Try a sample of OLSAT Verbal Reasoning questions in the gallery on the right.


Within the Verbal section of the OLSAT is a subsection called Verbal Reasoning. This section assesses the ability to understand relationships. Specifically, it tests the ability to:

  • Find and deduce relationships between words
  • Understand and draw conclusions from new situations
  • Make comparisons and observe differences or similarities

Verbal Reasoning Question Types

The following table demonstrates the seven Verbal Reasoning question types that appear on the OLSAT Verbal:

Type LevelDescription
Aural ReasoningA-C

These questions test a child’s ability to visualize and understand a situation on both a large and small scale. They focus on the ability to piece together and infer relevant information from smaller details to form an understanding of the bigger picture. Aural Reasoning questions are read aloud by the instructor, additionally testing children’s ability to hear, understand and follow verbal instructions.”

Arithmetic ReasoningA-G

These questions test problem solving abilities. Questions focus more on numerical reasoning and logic than they do on computational abilities. These questions assess the child’s ability to use numbers in order to infer relationships, deduce computational rules, and predict outcomes.

Logical SelectionD-G

Logical Selection questions assess the ability to complete sentences and statements about everyday scenarios using simple logic.

Word/Letter MatrixD-G

These questions are similar to fill-in-the-blank type questions and test a child’s ability to fill in the missing piece of the puzzle. Given a matrix of words or letters, a child has to be able to use basic logic to figure out the missing portion of the matrix.

Verbal AnalogyD-G

Verbal Analogy questions test the ability to find the relationship between two words, and find a second pair of words that are related in the same way.

Verbal ClassificationD-G

Verbal Classification questions test the ability to look at a group of words and figure out which one does not belong in the group, based on similarities or differences within the set of words.


These questions test the ability to infer the correct conclusion given a syllogism. A syllogism is a logical argument based on multiple propositions that are given and assumed to be true. A classic example of a syllogism is as follows: “All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates is mortal.” On the test, children will be given the basic propositions and will have to infer the correct conclusion.

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Verbal Reasoning Sample Question

The following is a sample Arithmetic Reasoning test item from the Verbal Reasoning section.

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is A.

First, count how many frogs Francesca has. By looking at the picture in the beginning of the row, we see that Francesca owns three frogs. Since Chris has twice the number of frogs, it means he has two times Francesca's three frogs, or 3+3=6 frogs.

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OLSAT Question Types



Verbal Comprehension

Pictorial Reasoning

Following Directions

Picture Classification


Picture Analogies

Sentence Completion

Picture Series

Sentence Arrangement

Figural Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

Figural Classification

Aural Reasoning

Figural Analogies

Arithmetic Reasoning

Pattern Matrix

Logical Selection

Figural Series

Word/Letter Matrix

Quantitative Reasoning

Verbal Analogies

Number Series

Verbal Classification

Numeric Inference


Number Matrix

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