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I scored low marks in the verbal reasoning skills test, despite taking it in my mother tongue.

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The verbal reasoning test is not a language test, so a low score does not imply a lack of proficiency in that language; it simply measures reasoning skills. Reasoning tests play a critically important role in assessment because the daily work of EU officials relies heavily on their ability to reason and understand complex information. The difficulty levels of multiple-choice computer-based tests are decided by the selection board of each competition, and thus can vary from competition to competition, so one should not compare one's score year on year.