Key Tips

  • Most employers tend to use Numerical Reasoning tests in conjunction with either a Verbal or Logical test at the onset of an Assessment Process.
  • These tests are used to sift out individuals who do not meet a specific criteria (30th to 50th percentile) from the later more time and resource extensive Interviews and Assessment Centres.
  • The tests do not require much mathematical skill, other than as a pre-requisite, but you should know how to conduct basic arithmetic, ratios and percentages. Calculators are provided.

You do not need to have a large variety of tests to improve – focussing on a handful of tests repeatedly will encourage deeper learning and understanding, which is better than spreading yourself thinly across say 15 Numerical Reasoning tests.

  • Guessing any questions that you cannot answer before the time runs out is likely to work in your favour as there is no negative marking on these tests.
  • Our tests are developed by previous SHL and Kenexa test developers and give you first-hand experience of the real thing. Take a FREE test now, and get an expert report with fully worked solutions. Click on the button at the top-left of this page now.

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical reasoning tests are designed to identify an individual’s level of ability to reason with information provided in tables, charts and figures, in order to obtain a correct answer. A test taker is advised to look at each chart or table provided for each question, and use the information in these to work out the correct answer. The questions are provided in a multiple choice format with 5 response options to choose from. Only one option is the correct answer.

Contrary to the belief that these tests measure your mathematical skill, numerical reasoning tests do not assess this knowledge. Although a basic understanding of mathematics is required as a pre-requisite for a graduate, managerial or professional test, it is the reasoning aspect of the information provided that is being assessed.

How to Pass a Numerical Reasoning Test?

Firstly, ensure you are familiar with basic mathematics such as arithmetic, percentages, ratios and fractions. The next steps will be to get as much practise in as possible and familiarise yourself with what the day will be like. This way you will be relaxed when taking the assessment and more likely to focus on doing a good job.

Whilst it is argued that practising may not actually improve one’s aptitude or ability, it is however an accepted fact that unfamiliarity with tests can hinder your optimal performance in an assessment. Practising helps to remove errors due to lack of familiarity, and test takers who have practised have a much better chance of demonstrating their fullest potential, than those who have not practised.

The biggest global test supplier is SHL and they are the leaders in the design and development of Psychometric 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.

The majority of sites providing practise tests do not provide ‘Normed’ (see ‘Glossary‘) scoring. GF provide the most detailed feedback reports available online with a breakdown of your performance across various question types so that you can identify which areas you may need to improve in. Our reports also provide data backed indications of your performance, based upon your accuracy and speed strategy as well as recommendations on how to improve and perform your best on the day. You can store your reports online and access them anytime whilst tracking your performance as you improve.

Take a FREE numerical reasoning test now and get a free detailed feedback report with ‘Normed’ scores and information on how to improve. Click on the tab at the top-left of this page now.


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