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Table 2. The VARK questionnaire.
Choose the answer which best explains your
preference and circle the letter(s) next to it.
Please circle more than one if a single answer
does not match your perception.
Leave blank any question that does not apply.
1.You are helping someone who wants to
go to your airport, the centre of town or a
railway station. You would:
a) go with her.
b) tell her the directions.
c) write down the directions.
d.) draw, or show her a map, or give her a map.
2. You are not sure whether a word should
be spelled 'dependent' or 'dependant'. You
a) see the words in your mind and choose by
the way they look.
b) think about how each word sounds and
c) find it online or in a dictionary.
d) write both words down and choose one.
3. You are planning a vacation for a group.
You want some feedback from them about
the plan. You would:
a) describe some of the highlights they will
b) use a map to show them the places.
c) give them a copy of the printed itinerary.
d) phone, text or email them.
4. You are going to cook something as a
special treat. You would:
a) cook something you know without the
need for instructions.
b) ask friends for suggestions.
c) look on the Internet or in some cookbooks
for ideas from the pictures.
d) use a good recipe.
5. A group of tourists want to learn about the
parks or wildlife reserves in your area. You
a) talk about, or arrange a talk for them about,
parks or wildlife reserves.
b) show them maps and internet pictures.
c) take them to a park or wildlife reserve and
walk with them.
d) give them a book or pamphlets about the
parks or wildlife reserves.
6. You are about to purchase a digital camera
or mobile phone. Other than price, what
would most influence your decision?
a) trying or testing it.
b) reading the details or checking its features
c) it is a modern design and looks good.
d) the salesperson telling you about its
7. Remember a time when you learned how
to do something new. Avoid choosing
a physical skill, e.g. riding a bike. You
learned best by:
a) watching a demonstration.
b) listening to somebody explaining it and
c) diagrams, maps, and charts -- visual clues.
d) written instructions -- e.g. a manual or book.
8. You have a problem with your heart. You
would prefer that the doctor:
a) gave you a something to read to explain
what was wrong.
b) used a plastic model to show what was
c) described what was wrong.
d) showed you a diagram of what was wrong.
9. You want to learn a new program, skill or
game on a computer. You would:
a) read the written instructions that came with
b) talk with people who know about the
c) use the controls or keyboard.
d) follow the diagrams in the book that came
10. I like websites that have:
a) things I can click on, shift or try.
b) interesting design and visual features.
c) interesting written descriptions, lists and
d) audio channels where I can hear music,
radio programs or interviews.
11. Other than price, what would most
influence your decision to buy a new
a) the way it looks is appealing.
b) quickly reading parts of it.
c) a friend talks about it and recommends it.
d) it has real-life stories, experiences and
12. You are using a book, CD or website to
learn how to take photos with your new
digital camera. You would like to have:
a) a chance to ask questions and talk about the
camera and its features.
b) clear written instructions with lists and
bullet points about what to do.
c) diagrams showing the camera and what
each part does.
d) many examples of good and poor photos
and how to improve them.
13. Do you prefer a teacher or a presenter
a) demonstrations, models or practical
b) question and answer, talk, group discussion,
or guest speakers?
c) handouts, books, or readings?
d) diagrams, charts or graphs?
14. You have finished a competition or test
and would like some feedback. You
would like to have feedback:
a) using examples from what you have done.
b) using a written description of your results.
c) from somebody who talks it through with
d) using graphs showing what you had
15. You are going to choose food at a
restaurant or cafe. You would:
a) choose something that you have had there
b) listen to the waiter or ask friends to
c) choose from the descriptions in the menu.
d) look at what others are eating or look at
pictures of each dish.
16. You have to make an important speech
at a conference or special occasion. You
a) make diagrams or get graphs to help
b) write a few key words and practice saying
your speech over and over.
c) write out your speech and learn from
reading it over several times.
d) gather many examples and stories to make
the talk real and practical.
The VARK Questionnaire scoring
Use the following scoring chart to find the
VARK category that each of your answers
corresponds to. Circle the letters that
correspond to your answers.
E.g. If you answered b and c for question 3,
circle V and R in the question 3 row.
Calculating your scores
Count the number of each of the VARK
letters you have circled to get your score
for each VARK category.
Total number of Vs circled =
Total number of As circled =
Total number of Rs circled =
Total number of Ks circled =
Calculating your preferences
Your preference(s) is indicated by which
of the V, A, R or K categories you scored
Source: Fleming N. VARK -- A guide to learning styles: The VARK questionnaire. 2012. At: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire
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