SHL Numerical Reasoning Tests
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
After that, try the three example questions below. Answers and solutions follow after the questions.
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
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.
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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