OLSAT® Question Type:Verbal Classifications

In this post, we start with an overview of "Verbal Classifications" question types. We also provide a sample question, accompanied by tips and strategies that every student can use to perform successfully on "Verbal Classifications" questions during the official OLSAT® exam.

Verbal Classifications: What To Expect?

With these questions, students must look at a series of words or concepts and identify which one does not fit with the others. In answering this type of question, students must be able to evaluate the relationships among words.

The amount of Verbal Classification questions on the test depends on the age of the student and the test level.For example, 4th and 5th grade students taking the OLSAT®Level E (for admission into 5th and 6th grade) are asked approximately four of these types of questions.

Verbal Classifications: Sample Question

Which word does not go with the others?

A. chair

B. sofa

C. recliner

D. table

E. bench

Correct Answer: D

Each of the words in this question are items that can be sat upon. Since you cannot sit on a table, option D is the correct answer.

Verbal Classifications:Tips and Strategies

Ask your student, “What do most of these words have in common? Which word doesn’t fit?” Like analogies, answering these questions requires an understanding of the relationship between words. Practice finding similarities and describing the relationship between words and concepts with your student in real-life situations.

Remind your student that if he’s stuck on a question during the test, he should move on to easier questions without wasting too much time. Advise him to make an educated guess, remind himself, “I can do this,” and head to the next question.

What's Next?

Learn more about other verbal reasoning question types on the OLSAT, including Aural Reasoning, Word/Letter Matrix, Verbal Analogies, Logical Selection, Inference and Arithmetic Reasoning.

Also try some sample questions and see critical teaching tips that cover other areas of the OLSAT, including the sections on verbal comprehension, pictoral reasoning, figural reasoning, and quantitative reasoning.

If you think you need more information and guidance about the OLSAT, check out our in-depth article on the test, as well as our posts on the verbal and non-verbal section.

Also, learn everything you need to know about other tests that measure a child’s potential to learn in school, like the NNAT or the COGAT.