Numerical Reasoning Tests – 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

You do not need to have a large variety of tests to improve – focusing on a handful of tests repeatedly using our breakdown of the solution will encourage deeper learning and understanding, which is better than spreading yourself thinly across say 15 Numerical Reasoning 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
  • Our tests are designed by previous SHL and Kenexa consultants and test developers. GF tests therefore give you a realistic experience of the real thing. Take a FREE test and get an expert personalised report with answers and fully worked solutions to aid your learning.

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 maths 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.

How to pass a Numerical Reasoning Test? 5 key tips.

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.

Practice and preparation is critical to your success!

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: Once you’ve practiced and you’re planning on taking the test, organise yourself in the following ways:

  • 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.

Here is an example of a Numerical Reasoning question that you can expect at the Graduate / Managerial level:

Numerical Reasoning Question Example

Numerical Reasoning Question Example

Numerical Reasoning Question Example

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Why practice with GF?

All of our results are based on ‘Normed’ scoring (see ‘Glossary‘). At GF, we provide the most detailed feedback reports available online with a breakdown of your performance across various types of questions so that you can identify which areas you may need to improve in.

Many organisations use SHL tests as they are the leaders in the design and development of psychometrics assessments worldwide. Whilst other online companies claim to offer ‘SHL style’ tests for practise, these are far from the real thing. Tests available online at GF have been designed by the same experts who have previously designed tests for SHL. We are confident that you will not get another SHL style experience anywhere else other than at SHL itself.

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