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# SHL Numerical Reasoning Tests

• 25 tests
• 400 questions

SHL’s numerical test is the most popular numerical reasoning test used by employers and recruiters around the world. It’s designed to assess how critically, quickly and accurately you can analyse and interpret charts, graphs, tables and other numerical data.

## Free example SHL numerical questions

We recommend you start with our free SHL numerical practice tests and questions. Each example practice question includes worked solutions.

After that, try the three example questions below. Answers and solutions follow after the questions.

### 1. Percentages

What was the average total percentage decrease in the number of homes sold by Bradfield Homes and Thompson Homes from May to June?

• A) 18.18%
• B) 13.26%
• C) 13.04%
• D) 8.33%

### 2. Tables and graphs

If Heathrow Airport pledged in January to reduce cancelled flights by 80% by March, by how many cancelled flights have they failed to reach this target?

• A) 4
• B) 0
• C) 14
• D) 18

### 3. Conversions

2,000 CHF was used to purchase USD in Q2 and then sold in Q4. How much will the amount be worth in CHF?

• A) 2,117.65
• B) 2,098.03
• C) 2,077.67
• D) 1,981.48

1) May = 110 + 120 = 230 June = 90 + 110 = 200 230 - 200 = 30

30 / 230 x 100 = 13.04%, so the answer is C)

2) Step 1: Take the number of flights cancelled in January and calculate an 80% reduction:

30 × (1-0.8) = 6

Step 2: Subtract this figure from the March figure:

10 - 6 = 4, so the answer is A)

3) Step 1: Calculate how many USD you can buy with CHF 2,000 in Q2:

2,000 × 1.08 = USD 2,160

Step 2: Calculate how many CHF you can purchase with USD 2,160 in Q4:

2,160 ÷ 1.02 = CHF 2,117.65, so the answer is A)

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## Are SHL numerical tests difficult?

The tests are designed to be challenging, as they act as a filter for employers who are looking to take only the best candidates forward. The good news is, if you’re applying for a job that requires you to take an SHL numerical test, you’re probably pretty adept with numbers already— so it’s just about ensuring you’ve put enough practice and preparation in before the test to sharpen your skills.

## How are SHL numerical tests scored?

The tests are scored comparatively, which means your score will be compared to the scores of every other candidate who took the test. This is preferable to a benchmark pass rate or normative scoring, as it takes into account how hard the test was.

## How long is an SHL numerical test?

The SHL numerical test usually comprises 18 questions, for which you’ll have between 17–25 minutes to answer. It’s important to check how long you have at the start, so you can give yourself a time allowance for each question.

## Can you use a calculator?

The answer to this varies from test to test. As such it’s essential to find out before you start practising past tests, so you know whether you can use a calculator or not.

If you are allowed to use a calculator, it’s wise to familiarise yourself with the model you have and make sure you know how to get the best from all of the different functionalities.

## Where can I practice numerical reasoning tests?

You can start with the numerical reasoning tests on this website, where there’s also plenty of tips and tricks from industry insiders, helpful blog posts and advice from people who have taken the tests previously.

## How can I improve my numerical reasoning?

There really is nothing better than practising past tests. Doing so helps you to get quicker, familiarise yourself with the different questions, work out which areas you need to brush up on and ensures you enter the test with confidence that you can face what’s in front of you.

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## SHL Numerical Reasoning Tests Tips

### 1Brush up on your numerical skills

You need to make sure you have a good grasp of fractions, ratios, percentages, averages and statistics. Build your confidence at analysing data presented in graphs and charts, as that’s what the majority of the questions will focus on. Our numerical reasoning test questions are a good place to start.

### 2Practice different numerical tests

Practising is the most important thing you can do to prepare, but there are ways to make your practice more efficient. Don’t just rely on the questions on the SHL website, as these are easier than the ones you’ll see on the actual test. Our sample tests cover all of the kinds of questions you’re likely to see.

### 3Replicate the test environment

Take any mock test you do in exam conditions, so you prepare yourself mentally and get better at answering the questions quickly and accurately. This means a quiet working environment free from distractions, equipping yourself with the tools you’ll be allowed on the day and most crucially — timing yourself.

### 4Work quickly but don’t rush

The most common mistakes are made because people don’t read the questions properly and miss key information. A good example of this is the different axes on the graphs — they’re often swapped around as a means of checking whether you’ve been paying attention.

### 5Use your time efficiently

If you’re running out of time, make an educated guess and come back to it if you have time at the end. You can maximise your chance of selecting the right answer by eliminating any you know to be wrong and trying to roughly arrive at an answer in your head, to help you better guess which answer may be correct.

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## Try SHL Numerical Reasoning Tests for Free

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## Reviews of our Numerical Reasoning tests

What our customers say about our Numerical Reasoning tests

• Malaysia

June 30, 2022

#### Revise Topics before taking the exam

I like how it shows the time so that we're always aware of it and there were some glitches when I interacted with the charts

• Netherlands

June 30, 2022

#### Interface and Overview

I like how you can see more details as you go over with the cursor. I don't like that some numbers or information can only be seen when scrolling.

• Malaysia

June 30, 2022

#### Yes and No

It's giving a chance for students to practice for their test, however it would be better if the graphics are simple and easy to read

• United Kingdom

June 30, 2022

#### The test

I thought this test was well presented and realistic however there was more time than there would be in reality in the test

• Thailand

June 30, 2022

#### So awesome

This test is appropriate for who you want to recap and understand the basics of numerical for business. Love it!

• Hong Kong

June 29, 2022

#### Pretty good

Presents a realistic situation of what a numerical reasoning test looks like, with pressure mounting to answer questions both quickly and accurately.

• Singapore

June 28, 2022

#### Great test for people who need a free resource

What I like about this test is how detailed the graph is. It helps me to acquire necessary things without the need to spend more time for an estimate from the graph and picture.

• India

June 28, 2022

#### Perception and understanding of data

It is important to figure out which information is relevant to the question and process it as fast as you can.

• United Kingdom

June 27, 2022

#### Very good, tough questions but logical

Ignore the fact it's against the clock and approach each question with a clear head and it's easier to get through more than you think than if you keep worrying about the time.

• Kenya

June 27, 2022

#### to know the concept

I needed to be familiar with the concept first, work out the primary figures, then use them to answer the questions.