Prepare for your numerical reasoning test

  • Practicing as many psychometric test questions as possible is by far the best way to improve your performance.

  • Stick to your timings. Questions are not always presented in order of difficulty so if you get stuck on a question move on, easier questions may follow.

  • Concentrate on the question you find the hardest, we all like doing what we’re good at but to improve you should focus on your weakest areas.

  • After sitting a practice test review your incorrect answers, you’ll learn more from these than questions you got correct. It’s tempting to reward yourself with a break but stick with it and focus on reviewing your incorrect answers.

  • Practice difficult numerical reasoning tests. Our chartered occupational psychologists have developed a number of advanced tests which can be found in our numerical or bundle package. These member tests can be found towards the end of our list of numerical reasoning tests.

  • Practice in exam conditions, this means in quiet surroundings with minimal distractions, this will not only keep you more focused but also mean when you come to sit your real assessment it’s less daunting doing it in silence.

  • Do your research. Find out from your employer what type of psychometric assessments they are going to want you to sit. If you’re not sure ask them. Each job is different so the assessments will vary but as a starting point visit our ‘employer profiles’ page listed on the footer of this page.

Have the right tools for your numerical reasoning test

Make sure you have everything you need during preparation and during your real assessment. This includes:

  • Your own calculator. This is important so you know where all the buttons are and you are used to using it.

  • A4 rough paper. Make sure you have plenty of room for workings, don’t try and squeeze in working in the bottom right hand corner of the page! When you start a new question it’s difficult to tell how much space you’re going to need so make sure you have at least half the page free for workings. By practicing online you’re already saving paper by not buying books, plus you can recycle rough paper.

  • Pens that work.

  • A good watch. Get used to monitoring the time, this will ensure you stick to timings the #2 top tip (#1 being practice as many questions as possible prior to your assessment).

Follow the numerical test instructions

  • Make sure you answer the question! Read each question carefully, re read it if you need to take time to understand what it is asking.

  • Read all the instructions prior to taking your assessment. Ensure you know how many questions you have to answer and how much time you will have to answer them. Do a quick calculation to work out approximately how long you should be spending on each question.

  • Don’t panic, if you have invested time practicing questions and preparing thoroughly think of your assessment as a chance to demonstrate what you have learnt. Taking a deep breath before starting the assessment and at the start of each question can calm your nerves.

  • Get a good night’s sleep, this will help boost your performance.

Lastly, feel free to utilise our learning resources. We’ve worked hard to develop a varied and engaging learning resource for you. There are video tutorials, lot of top tip articles such as this and most importantly lots of questions for you to practice.