How to Prepare for your Numerical Reasoning Test

The numerical reasoning test is easily the test that candidates dread the most. That's understandable as they're basically maths tests and lots of feel we're 'just not good at maths'. Don't fear though - with a little bit of practice you can make sure your maths is more than good enough to be able to tackle whatever numerical reasoning test is thrown at you.

So, what’s the key to preparing for your numerical reasoning tests? Well, here are some tips for getting started:

Practicing as many questions as possible

This is by far the most beneficial thing to do if you want to pass your numerical reasoning assessment. The more questions you practice the more comfortable you will become with different types of question and the better your timings will get.

It’s great to practice the free questions we offer but we would strongly recommend upgrading to our numerical reasoning test package to increase your familiarity with different types of numerical reasoning questions and improve those timings.

Even if you’re competent with numbers improving your score in your psychometric test assessments could be the differentiating factor that separates you from other candidates. It’s really important to score highly in the current economic climate as top jobs are more oversubscribed than ever. For top graduate jobs you’re likely to be up against around 20-30 credible candidates per place.

Get used to the timings

This is where most candidates struggle, dealing with the questions under time pressure is what makes them difficult. If the test’s weren’t timed, everyone would score highly. Dealing with information presented in a variety of different formats quickly but carefully under pressure is what will make a real difference to your chances of securing that job.

Practice like it’s the real deal

Make sure when you practice you do so in a quiet environment so you can concentrate and get used to sitting down and sitting a whole assessment rather than a quick 10 minutes here and there. Replicating what you will experience in your real assessment during your preparation time will make a huge amount of difference.

Familiarise yourself with the common questions

You can learn the equations for quickly calculating percentage increases, decreases and ratios but putting them into practice with our numerical reasoning practice questions will really help hone your skills and ability to work quickly and diligently under time pressure.

Start with all the information

Make sure you get in contact with your employer in advance to find out what sort of questions you will be presented with and if they have any example questions you can see before sitting your real assessment.

Be sure to find out what sort of format your assessment will be in. Most employers ask candidates to sit psychometric tests online so it’s important to get used to reading questions on a computer and clicking through the screens. Getting used to doing this can save you valuable time in your real assessment.

Don’t underestimate the importance of psychometric tests

Finally don’t ignore your psychometric tests – many candidates spend hours making minor changes to their CV while waiting until a few days before to get practicing their numerical reasoning skills. Remember a good score in part of your overall assessment will really impress employers and will really set you apart from the competition.