This test is designed to stop you before completion. The average test-taker will not complete the test, but it's important to work as diligently as possible. For some questions, figuring out the relationship between the words is only part of the problem. You'll often have to know critical information about historical events, geography, and word etymology in order to arrive at the correct answer.
The verbal analogy question is widely considered to be one of the most accurate measures of general intelligence and of reasoning ability. Those possessing a strong verbal intelligence tend to have highly developed skills for reading, speaking, and writing. This test is designed for those whose first language is English.