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How to Pass your Numerical Reasoning Test

It's the question we get asked more than any other. How do we pass the numerical reasoning test? And, there's good reason too. Numerical reasoning tests are difficult, especially for those of us not so bleesed with numbers. However, with some advice and some practice, we can certainly make them a little easier. Here are some tips on how to pass your numerical reasoning tests.

1) Read the instructions carefully

Ensure you read every instruction prior to sitting your psychometric test assessment. The instructions will contain key information and typically include example questions. The most important piece of information to digest is the amount of time you have to sit the assessment and how many questions you will be required to answer in that time. Make sure you calculate how many minutes per question you have prior to beginning your assessment. Sticking to timings and not spending too long on any individual question is very important.

2) Stick to timings

It’s very important. If you get stuck don’t panic, take a deep breath and move onto the next question. It’s important to remember that the easiest questions aren’t always at the start of the assessment. Psychometric test assessment are not typically negatively marked so you might want to consider taking a best guess and calmly progressing through the assessment. Many test publishers allow you to flag questions and go back and review them at the end of the assessment – if this functionality is available then it should be described in the instructions presented at the start of the assessment.

3) Be ready to start

After clicking “start test” your assessment will begin. If you have read the instructions carefully then the format of the question shouldn’t come as a surprise. Spend a couple of seconds familiarising yourself with the context of the question.

4) Read the question carefully

Take your time to thoroughly read the questions carefully ensuring that you spend sufficient time making sure you understand what the question is asking. Tests are not designed to trick you, but be careful nonetheless.

5) Briefly review the data

Analyse the information presented in the graphic (normally a table, graph or chart) and begin working on the solution. It is not advisable to spend too long analysing the graphic because it will contain ‘distractors’. These are pieces of information that are irrelevant to the question; they are there to test your ability to extract relevant information from a selection of data.

6) Expect the same data to be repeated

The same graphic will typically be used for 2 – 5 questions and remember that if you get stuck don’t be afraid to move on. Sticking to timings is very important to exam success.

7) Know your calculator

Being familiar with your calculator is essential. Make sure that you have a good quality scientific calculator and are used to using the bracket function. Knowing how to use the memory function can also be useful.

8) Flag if you need to

Some numerical reasoning test assessments allow candidates to flag question for review later in the assessment. This functionality will be described in the instructions which are presented prior to the start of your assessment. If you’re unable to flag questions but can go back and review your answers then make a note of the questions you passed on some rough paper.

9) Be more prepared than your competitors

Remember that numerical reasoning tests are dsigned to assess your ability to deal with numerical information quickly and effectively under time pressure. Knowledge of advanced mathematics is not needed and it is possible to improve your performance though question practice. Think of your assessment as a opportunity to differentiate you from the competition and it’s essential to invest time practicing good quality questions which have been developed with chartered occupational psychologists.

10) Don’t be complacent.

We often hear that candidates who achieved high grades in advanced mathematics studies failed their numerical reasoning assessments. It is essential to practice the right sort of questions prior to sitting your assessment. Just because the tests are typically multiple choice it does not mean they are easy.

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