The numerical reasoning test is easily the test that candidates dread the most.

That’s understandable, as it’s similar to a maths test and many of us feel out of touch at maths. Don’t fear though - with some practice you can make sure your maths is more than good enough for any numerical reasoning test.

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

1) 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.

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. You could be facing 20–30 credible candidates per place.

2) Get used to the timing

This is where most candidates struggle; dealing with the questions under time pressure is what makes the tests difficult.

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.

3) 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 a whole assessment.

Replicating what you will experience in your real assessment during your preparation time will make a huge amount of difference.

4) Familiarise yourself with the common questions

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

5) 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. See if they have any example questions you can try 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.

6) 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.

A good score in this part of your overall assessment will really impress employers and set you apart from the competition.