Numerical Reasoning

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Numerical Reasoning Tests

Numerical tests, sometimes known as numerical reasoning, are used during the application process at all major investment banks and accountancy & professional services firms.

Test can be either written or taken online. The tests are usually provided by a third party.

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All of them are very similar and to practice for one is equivalent to practising for them all. The tests are multiple choice, and you will have to select an answer from between 4 and 6 possible solutions.

All numerical tests require the following:

  • Interpretation of data from a table
  • Interpretation of data of graphs and charts
  • Percentages
  • Fractions
  • Ratios
  • Currency conversions
  • Understanding of inflation & rebasing, 'real' prices.

No math/numerical skills are required beyond GCSE or high school level, however you will need to be competent working with numbers.

In both online and written tests, calculators are normally permitted and you can use scrap paper to do your workings.

Graduates who have not had a significant mathematical component to their degree will find the numerical tests challenging, and practice is advised.

Correct Exam Technique

The tests are timed, and typically there is time pressure. Most online tests are designed to be completed within the time allocated. Written tests, however, are often designed to be impossible within the time limits.

For a test of 30 questions and 30 minutes, spend no more than one minute on each question. Use a stopwatch to keep time. When your time is up for a question, move on. It is common for some questions to be answerable in 15 seconds whereas others can take much longer. Make sure you answer the easy questions first and collect those marks before allocating time to harder questions. It is common for many people to fail due to becoming stuck on a question and not having time to complete the easy questions that follow it.

All questions are multiple choice. The incorrect choices are made up from common mistakes to the problem, in order to distract you from the correct answer. Consequently, make sure you are very careful with your working.

When attending a written test at an assessment centre, make sure you bring a calculator you are familiar with, otherwise you will be forced to use what is provided.

    • Bring/use a stopwatch
    • Bring a calculator you are familiar with
    • Be prepared with scrap paper if doing an online test.
    • Work swiftly but carefully- some answers are there to trick you.
    • Calculate the maximum amount of time to be allocated to a question and stick to it using your stopwatch.
    • If you have not done a mathematical degree, you must practise, or you will fail.

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Everything You Need to Know to Pass Numerical Reasoning Tests

Practice Numerical Test

We have the following practice tests for you to try. They are very similar to the real tests you will have to sit, and of similar difficulty. These tests are not timed, however you must be able to answer each question in one minute or less when you sit the real thing. You can take the tests as many times as you please, and you will be marked at the end. Unlike the real tests, you are not permitted to revisit questions you have already answered.

Numerical Practice Test 1 - Free!

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Advanced SHL Style Numerical Reasoning Practice Tests

WikiJob users are now able to practice 210 further numerical reasoning test questions, available in a structured professional format just like the real thing.

The Numerical Test Practice Pack contains four separate SHL style timed tests.

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