What do Numerical Reasoning
tests measure?

Numerical reasoning tests (NR) are designed to measure your ability to make correct decisions from numerical or statistical data presented in tables, graphs and charts. You are required to use the information presented in such formats and ‘reason’ with it to select one of the 5 response options provided. This means each question is looking for you to correctly analyse and pull apart the data given in each scenario, and then apply basic mathematics. Usually only one option is the correct answer, unless stated otherwise.

Although a basic understanding of math is required as pre-requisite for Graduate and Professional tests, it is actually the reasoning and application of the data given that is being assessed. This is contrary to the popular belief that NR tests focus on measuring your math skills which is what one can expect if they were asked to complete a ‘Calculation’ assessment.

Key Facts

  • The purpose of these tests is to sift out candidates (usually scores below the 31st percentile), or to give additional information about their potential for a role before moving into more time and resource dependent stages like an interview or an assessment centre
  • Most employers use Numerical Reasoning (NR) tests along with other tests such as; Verbal or Logical reasoning. These can be used at any point during the assessment process but commonly appear at the start
  • Solving Numerical Reasoning Tests tests require some mathematical understanding on basic arithmetic, percentages and ratios. Calculators are typically allowed in NR tests
  • There is no negative marking in Numerical Reasoning Tests. Taking a guess on the questions you’re unsure of could work in your favour

5 Key Tips on how to pass
Numerical Reasoning Tests

Tip 1

Give yourself the best chance to pass, take the steps to familiarise yourself with basic mathematics such as;

  • Basic arithmetic
  • Percentages
  • Ratios
  • Fractions
  • Estimates

Data manipulation especially related to time, currency and measurement

Take the time to practice these areas before taking the test to help boost your chances of performing confidently on the test.

Tip 2

Once you have done this, start taking practice NR tests. As mentioned previously, NR tests measure how you ‘reason’ with the data provided so success on the test depends on how you apply the basic mathematics which you would have been working on up until this point.

Whilst research shows that practising may not significantly improve one’s aptitude or ability, it is however an accepted fact that unfamiliarity with psychometric tests can hinder you from performing at an optimum level.

Tip 3

Speed and Accuracy – practising can help you manage your time effectively as both speed and accuracy is essential for success. To perform well, it is important that you work quickly and accurately. Test takers who have practised have a much better chance of demonstrating their fullest potential, than those who have not practised.

Tip 4

Use GF Reporting to enhance your performance. Our reports provide data driven insights based upon your performance and make recommendations on how you can improve your performance in Numerical Tests. You can store your reports online and access them anytime whilst tracking your performance as you improve. By continuing to practice and applying the suggested recommendations, you can enhance your chances of a successful performance on your actual test.

Tip 5
  • Find a space where you will be able to complete the test without any interruption. You will have a limited amount of time to complete the test so make the most out of it.
  • Check that you have the right materials. NR tests involve using a calculator, so be sure to pick one that you’re comfortable using.
  • Check that you have a strong WiFi connection. Many tests can log you out and restrict you from accessing the assessment again.
  • Remember to work through the questions quickly and accurately. Read each question carefully and work through them with a level of speed to manage your time.
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