Numerical Reasoning Test Practice

 

We think that the best order of priorities for practising any sort of numerical reasoning test is to ensure you have the basic mental maths skills…

Then to move on to some 11+ numerical reasoning practice.

Then, practice with psychometric test publisher Websites.

Our verbal reasoning test practice book

Thus, see Author’s Amazon page.

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Our numerical reasoning test practice book

Secondly, our Passing Numerical reasoning Tests book.

Numerical Reasoning Tests

Many medium-sized and large companies now use Numerical Reasoning Tests as part of their standard recruitment processes. For example, well-designed numerical reasoning tests are typically used by many graduate employers and also post-graduate university admissions offices to assess a large number of applicants in a standardised way. A standardised Numerical Reasoning Test gives everyone the same numerical reasoning questions.

Why test numerical reasoning tests?

Numerical Reasoning Tests need to accommodate the very wide difference in mathematical ability from school leavers to senior managers.  Correspondingly there is a range of increasingly difficult Numerical Reasoning Tests from the basic Numeracy Tests (which only require mathematical knowledge of the 4 basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to the most complex and numerical reasoning involved in the interpretation of complex statitistical data.

Numerical reasoning test use in managerial roles

Many managerial roles require an overall confidence in working with numbers. Line managers need to quickly and effectively digest statistics for their functional area or team. Many will need to understand profit and loss figures, as well as needing to manage their own budgets effectively.

Let’s look at a few other jobs that involve more numerical reasoning than you might expect.

Retail sales

Selling isn’t just about slick presentation skills and a flair for customer relations. At the entry level, retail sales jobs require the ability to handle money correctly and to deal with customers’ transactions competently. Mistakes here could be very costly. At a more senior level, numerical reasoning is used to analyse sales figures, produce account sheets and balance budgets.

Teacher

To teach maths it makes sense that you would need to be proficient yourself. But many other academic subjects also require dexterity with numbers. For example, all the sciences use mathematical calculations. Music, design, ITC: all of these fields involve an element of numerical reasoning. Even home economics involves working with measurements. Teachers also need numerical reasoning abilities to calculate students’ grades, to understand performance targets, and to comply with school and departmental budgets.

Psychometric test publisher Websites

Firstly, try test publisher websites

Visit the test publisher Website once you know the type of psychometric tests you will be taking. Since most test publisher Websites offer practice questions.

For example, practise sample questions from Kenexa-IBM TalentQ and SHL sites. Reputable test publishers will send you some sample questions for you to practice in advance.

Secondly, familiarise yourself 

Read the instruction and introduction sections carefully for each psychometric test you will take. This should ensure you are familiar with the test format.

Third, try to work efficiently without rushing

Each question is worth the same so don’t spend too long on a single question. You may find subsequent questions easier to answer. With the end of the test you can return to any unfinished questions. Although you may not finish the test, the best strategy is to answer as many questions as you can in the time available.

Fourth, stay positive

If you find yourself struggling with a question, remember that every question is worth exactly the same point. You won’t be expected to get every question right, or even to complete every question. To pass the test – just do your best and try to answer as many correctly as possible.

Fifth, learn from your mistakes

You will probably get some of the practice questions wrong. Review the correct answers so that you fully understand where you went wrong. You should learn how to approach such questions next time around.