Step 1: Read all the given instructions
Before facing your questions, make sure to read all the necessary guidelines. You may get a few minutes to begin your test. In this time make a mental note of all the core instructions. Look at the questions and divide your time for every question. This will guide you ahead as to how many questions you spend per minute. It’s best if you keep some extra time for revisiting all answers or for tackling the trickiest ones at the end.
Step 2: Stick to timings
If you followed the first tip correctly then you probably have a strategic distribution of time for every question. This step will save you from so much trouble as you would already know when to move on from a tricky question. Make sure to not deviate from your path under the illusion that you will somehow catch up with the time.
Step 3: Don’t dwell on tricky ones
It is easy to get swayed by tricky questions as our mind tends to take them as challenges and we end up forgetting that we are on a time crunch. So, move on to the next question and flag this tricky one to tackle later. If you invest too much in solving one tricky question it will not award you extra marks. Remember that every question has the same weighting. So it is better that you make more efficient use of your time.
Step 4: Don’t get panicky
Sometimes the pattern of question paper is such that a bunch of difficult questions are clubbed together in the beginning. This will definitely break your spirit and make you lose all hope of finishing the paper let alone acing it. So, in this case, keep looking for the easier questions which will help you build your confidence again. Come back from the tricky bunch later in your session.
Step 5: Review your answers
Always make time for reviewing your answers. Some people prefer to just dust the paper off and move on. But if you review your answers you will always find those pesky silly mistakes. Sometimes even though you know the answer you mark something else. Or sometimes you misread a specific sentence. All of this gets fixed in a quick revising session.
Step 6: Practice over and over
To truly ace numerical reasoning tests, you need to have your basics clear and for that you need practice. The assessment may seem daunting and in all honesty, they are made to test an advanced level of maths. Hence, don’t expect a very easy paper. But that being said, the key to these tests is usually a simple mathematical approach. Thus, you need to practice before appearing for your assessment.
One thing to always keep in mind is that you have to be aware of your time. Don’t become a slack under a false sense of time security as these tests can be challenging.