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SHL numerical reasoning test

SHL Numerical Reasoning Tests

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  • 500 questions
SHL numerical reasoning test

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.

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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

numerical percentage question

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

numerical chart question

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

numerical conversion question

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

Answers

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.

Numerical Reasoning Video Tutorials

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Reviews of our Numerical Reasoning tests

What our customers say about our Numerical Reasoning tests

  • United Kingdom

    September 24, 2021

    Assessing what you need to multiply and carrying out the operation in good time.

    Useful for this type of question, I thought the test might deviate from the one question type however.

  • United States of America

    September 23, 2021

    Not enough time to finish the test

    I felt some stress while working on this assessment. It gives a good understanding of what to expect in the assessment.

  • United Kingdom

    September 23, 2021

    How to work out percentage increase

    I didn't realise the graphs were interactive until late on, and some of the questions were unclear as to what they were asking.

  • United Kingdom

    September 23, 2021

    Knowing your proportions

    I liked the fact that you didn’t have to overthink things. Cos once you do, you loose your urge to answer the questions.

  • Italy

    September 22, 2021

    Great test

    Interactive graphs were great, but I found it annoying that they refreshed each time I was scrolling the page up to consult the graph.

  • United Arab Emirates

    September 22, 2021

    Pretty easy

    Wording of the questions was clear. I disliked having to scroll up and down to look at the graph, then read the relevant information in the question.

  • Uganda

    September 21, 2021

    Great

    This is a great way of testing oneself – not only in terms of passing the test but also keeping time, as the test challenges you to think and comprehend what you want to answer fast.

  • France

    September 20, 2021

    Have a pen and paper ready

    I liked that there were many different graphs and so you had to get used to new graphs every four questions. It really trains you to react quickly and to keep focus.

  • Israel

    September 20, 2021

    Get a calculator & piece of paper ready

    Liked the test overall, even though graphs are constantly overlaid on iPad, so best to do it on laptop or desktop. Additionally, definitely helpful to have calculator and sheet of paper ready before starting.

  • United Arab Emirates

    September 20, 2021

    The tests were quite challenging with the time limit

    I ended up losing most of the time understanding the question and going back-&-forth between the chart and the question.