HOW TO PASS NUMERICAL

REASONING TESTS – FIRST TIME!

Numerical Reasoning Tests

richard_mcmunnIt appears that nowadays, just about every selection process or assessment centre consists of a numerical reasoning test. It is important that you score very high during your test which is why we have created a 176 page workbook that is full of numerical reasoning test questions and explanations.

Whichever job you apply for it is highly likely that you will be required to sit a numerical reasoning test of some sort. Whether you are applying to become a firefighter or police officer in the public sector, or if you want to become an investment banker, you will need to gain sufficient scores during a numeracy test.

  • Numerical reasoning tests are designed to assess your ability to carry out calculations with numbers that are similar to the types of tasks you will need to carry out in the role you are applying for.
  • For example, as a firefighter you would be required to carry out calculations based on breathing apparatus timings and hose length calculations.
  • As a paramedic you might have to use calculations to determine the quantity of drugs you need to administer whilst as a retail clerk or sales assistant you might have to carry out basic arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Whatever standard of test you are required to undertake the most effective way to prepare is to carry out plenty of sample test questions that are similar to the ones you will come across during the real test.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Isaacs is a masters degree qualified mathematician and best-selling author who has achieved the highest grades possible in GCSE, A Level and Masters Degree level Mathematics. His teaching style is both comprehensive and easy to follow. His desire to teach students how to achieve their potential in this important subject is the primary aim of all of his books.

David focuses primarily on helping people like you to pass any form of numerical reasoning test, including GCSE matheatics, 11-plus, career assessment centres, A-level mathematics and also advanced numeracy tests. David also offers one-to-one GCSE maths tuition and coaching.

How to pass numerical reasoning tests

To help you get started in your preparation, let us take a look at a couple of sample numerical reasoning test questions and answers.

SAMPLE NUMERICAL REASONING TEST QUESTION 1

A farm is split into 3 sections, A, B and C. If the area of all 3 sections combined is 250m2 and the area of section A is 80m2 work out the area of section B using the diagram below.

Sample numerical reasoning test question

Diagram not to scale

a)    32m2

b)    76m2

c)    74m2

d)    96m2

Answer to numerical reasoning question 1

The combined area of all 3 sections A, B and C is given as 250m2 in the question and the area of section A only is given as 80m2. This means that the area of sections B and C combined must be:

250-80=170m2

It is possible to find the area of section C alone from the diagram and is calculated by multiplying the two sides together:

Area of section C is 12×8=96m2

The area of sections B and C combined is 170m2 so the area of section B alone can be calculated by subtraction the area of C from the area of sections B and C combined as shown below:

Area of section B = Area of sections B and C combined – Area of section C
=170-96
=74m2

The answer to question 1 is c) 74m2

Now let us take a look at another example numerical reasoning test question.

SAMPLE NUMERICAL REASONING TEST QUESTION 2

A builder needs 5 pieces of wood and has a plank of wood measuring 45 metres in length. If the builder chops the plank into 5 equal pieces what length would each of the 5 pieces be?

Numerical Reasoning Test question 2

a) 5 m
b) 4 m
c) 8 m
d) 9 m
e) 40 m

Answer to numerical reasoning question 2

If a 45 m length plank is chopped into 5 equal pieces the calculation is 45÷5 = 9m

Each piece is 9m long. The answer to question 2 is d) 9m

Now that we have taken the time to look at two sample questions, here are some important tips to help you improve your scores on the day of your test:

TIPS FOR PASSING NUMERICAL REASONING TESTS

1. Before you attend the test you need to find out whether or not you will be permitted to use a calculator.

  • If you are not permitted to use a calculator then the chances are the numerical test questions will be of general basic standard such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • When practising under these restrictions you should not use a calculator. However, the vast majority of test administrators will permit you to write down your workings out during the test.
  • If this is the case remember to keep your workings out neat and tidy as some assessors will check over these to see what calculations you have been using to reach your answers.

Numerical tests calculator

If it transpires that you are permitted to use a calculator during the real test you should first of all ask whether it is permissible for you to take in your own calculator. If this is the case you need to be fully conversant with how your calculator functions. We have been aware that some people have attended a numerical reasoning test with their own calculator but they struggle to understand how it works.

2. Many numerical reasoning tests will be of multiple-choice in nature, just like the sample questions we provided you above.

If this is the case you should try as much as possible to avoid wild guessing. More and more test administrators are now deducting marks for incorrect answers so please be careful of this, especially when you are running out of time.

3. The final tip is in relation to completing the test that you are sitting. It is a common misconception that you MUST complete or finish the numerical reasoning test.

Unless instructed otherwise you should work quickly and accurately through the test questions. However, if you notice that you are running out of time, do not panic. The vast majority of numerical reasoning tests are design not to be finished. The key here is to not sacrifice speed for accuracy.

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Numerical Reasoning Tests

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  • Charts, graphs, percentages and fractions.
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  • Tips to assist the reader improve his/her performance when undertaking numerical tests.
  • Questions created by an expert in this field.
  • 176-pages of test questions and advice.
  • Mock tests to assess your progress.
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  • Lots of sample test questions and answers of varying degrees of ability.

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