Numerical Reasoning Test Preparation

To help you pass numerical psychometric tests, use these preparation assessments, advice, and solutions to help you increase your score.

Sample numerical reasoning tests - Free

Here you can take our free numerical tests to show you how they work in improving your score.

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Free Sample Numerical Reasoning Test 1

This sample numerical test has 21 questions and will take 21 minutes to complete. We rate this as medium difficulty and is typical of the same level as graduate employer numerical reasoning tests.

Free Sample Numerical Reasoning Test 2

This sample numerical test has 12 questions and will take 12 minutes to complete. We rate this as easy difficulty and is useful as a warmup for graduate employer numerical reasoning tests.

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How do numerical psychometric tests work?

Are you due to take a numerical reasoning test for your job application? We provide advice, tutorials, and all the preparation you will need with our practice tests. These were developed and designed by psychologists with experience from SHL, Talent Q, Saville Assessment, Kenexa and Test Partnership. This test platform will simulate a psychometric testing environment to help give you the confidence you need when taking the real thing. Practice makes perfect if you are practicing perfectly – knowing the kind of tests you are to take will help you on your assessment day.

Helpful advice before taking your numerical psychometric test

When the number of job applicants becomes an expensive and burdensome task to choose from, employers typically will use aptitude testing to make sure they are getting the best employees for the role. Numerical aptitude tests are perhaps the most common psychometric test for employers to use. After accepting your application and CV, they may use a numerical test. If you pass, larger employers typically ask you to attend an assessment centre. You may have a repeat aptitude test, just to make sure you have the cognitive ability they are looking for and it wasn’t just a fluke! Taking one of our sample tests above can help familiarise yourself with these tests.

While taking our free sample tests, you can read some of our advice on how psychometric tests work and what they measure.

By taking example numerical reasoning tests you will become familiar with the question format. Luckily for you most employers use a similar format of numerical reasoning test, which means it's easy to get some realistic practice beforehand.

The important thing to remember about numerical reasoning tests used for employment selection is that they are not the same as a maths test. You will not have to remember formulae. Especially as they usually allow for calculators. The typical characteristics of a numerical reasoning test include but are not limited to:

  • Multiple choice answers - no longhand answers or showing your working-out.
  • No prior knowledge required - no equations to memorise (or surreptitiously write on your arm).
  • Strict time limits - some are generous while some are very short.
  • Relevant to the workplace - modern tests are based on the kind of numerical information you would deal with in the job.
  • Based on only the information given - you should not make assumptions about data you are not given.
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The maths required for a numerical psychometric test

The maths required in a numerical psychometric test is determined by the difficulty of GCSE level. The part required from you, is to interpret and figure out what calculation is required from the question, and under pressure of time.

If there is a style of question that you find most challenging, we recommend you take a moment to focus your practice on that type of question. And as stated above, remember that you are usually allowed to use a calculator on your test.

The correlation between people doing well on their psychometric tests and performing better at their job is clear. This is why employers use them.

Sometimes the difficulty of the psychometric tests between graduate and professional level is no different. The difference lies in the norm group - reflecting the calibre of candidate they are trying to select.

Numerical Reasoning Test Formula Sheet

We have compiled a document explaining the most complex numerical formulas you are expected to know for your numerical reasoning test, you can download it below.

Useful preparation for your numerical psychometric test

Practice is so useful in preparation for the reasoning test as it helps reduce the element of surprise and will give you the confidence to perform at your best. Be that as it may, there are some other, simple ideas you can use to help prepare from your test.

  • Learn about the test you are going to take - ask the employer what test(s) your are taking. Perhaps ask for the test provider. This way, you can find out precisely how long the test will be and how many questions. Also, this will tell you what practice material will be appropriate.
  • Get enough sleep - not being completely alert and awake will likely impact negatively on your performance. We recommend you try and get a good night's sleep before your assessment day.
  • Make sure you arrive early - this applies really only to tests you are going to take at an assessment centre. Get there early so you can try to relax and concentrate on your task ahead rather than panicing about making sure you are there on time, and out of breath.