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What is Verbal Intelligence?

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Updated June 17, 2014

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Definition: Verbal intelligence is the ability to analyze information and solve problems using language-based reasoning.

Verbal tasks may involve concepts such as:

Verbal tasks involve skills such as:

  • The ability to listen to and recall spoken information;
  • Understanding the meaning of written or spoken information;
  • Solving language based problems of a literary, logical, or social type;
  • Understanding the relationships between language concepts and performing language analogies or comparisons; and
  • The ability to perform complex language-based analysis.

Verbal reasoning is important in most aspects of school work. Reading and language arts tasks required verbal reasoning skills. Even the more abstract courses such as math and physics require verbal reasoning skills, as most concepts are either introduced orally by the teacher or introduced in written form in a textbook.

Verbal reasoning is typically assessed in a full intellectual assessment of IQ. Basic verbal reasoning may also be evaluated through brief intelligence tests and language assessment.

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Examples:
The ability to listen to a story and state its main idea requires verbal reasoning skills.

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