Brief Description of the Test


The PhiLSAT consists of subtests on communications and language proficiency, critical thinking skills, and verbal and quantitative reasoning.

COMMUNICATIONS AND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY. This subtest measures the ability to recognize grammar and usage errors and determine the appropriateness of words and phrases in given sentences. This subtest consists of three question types— identifying sentence error, sentence completion, and improving sentences.

CRITICAL THINKING. This subtest measures the ability to analyze and evaluate reasoning in written materials and to draw conclusions about given propositions. This subtest consists of two question types—logical reasoning and analytical reasoning.

VERBAL REASONING. This subtest measures the ability to understand written materials and make conclusions based on their content. This subtest consists of reading passages followed by questions about the passage.

QUANTITATIVE REASONING.  This subtest measures the ability to apply basic mathematical skills to the analysis and interpretation of real-world numerical information to draw conclusions. This subtest consists of three question types—pattern recognition, data sufficiency, and data interpretation. The items in this subtest involve basic mathematical concepts and the four fundamental operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The items do not require difficult computations hence the use of a calculator is not needed. Some questions can be answered more quickly by reasoning and estimating.