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# 14 Dec 2011 Print Assessment Centre Secrets Revealed: Numerical Reasoning Tests

Numerical reasoning tests, also known as numerical ability tests, are used by assessment centres in business organizations to determine if a candidate is fit for the job they are interviewing for. These tests are used particularly for sales, marketing, and financial positions or for those who work with a large amount of data.

Numerical reasoning tests, also known as numerical ability tests, are used by assessment centres in business organizations to determine if a candidate is fit for the job they are interviewing for. These tests are used particularly for sales, marketing, and financial positions or for those who work with a large amount of data.

Many psychometric testing centres believe that these tests are an accurate representation of a candidate’s number crunching and data interpretation abilities, though their use is rather wide as numerical tests measure a wider range of cognitive abilities.

What Numerical Reasoning Tests Include

Although the kind of questions vary depending on the position you are being recruited for, numerical reasoning tests are typically divided into two sections – speed tests and power tests.

Speed tests include mathematical and basic arithmetic questions which can be solved in less than 1 minute per question. Candidates are not expected to solve all questions. These tests assess a candidate’s ability to think on their feet and their decision making abilities.

Power tests, on the other hand, have a wide array of questions which range from easy to very difficult.

Both speed tests and power tests are timed. Instead of focusing on answering all questions, candidates should ensure that they provide correct answers for the questions they attempt.

The Format Of Numerical Reasoning Tests

The speed section of numerical aptitude tests assesses basic arithmetic skills. Questions include operations such as division, subtraction, addition, multiplication, percentages, fractions, and ratios. Some recruitment tests allow the use of a calculator but most prefer that candidates be able to solve these problems without the use of any external tools.

Power tests can include data interpretation and statistical questions. This is also a test of abstract reasoning abilities as a lot of thinking and logical skills are required to solve each question. A calculator can be used during power tests.

How Companies Use Numerical Test Scores

Like with abstract reasoning and verbal reasoning tests, numerical test scores are aggregated and compared against an “industry average” score. This industry average is the score at which people working in that particular role have performed in numerical tests.

This comparison helps interview test takers to determine if they are a good fit for the role in question.

How to Prepare for Numerical Reasoning Tests

With adequate practice, candidates can ace numerical aptitude tests in assessments. Take as many practice tests as you possibly can, especially if mathematics was one of your weaker subjects in school. By spending time in analyzing each question and understanding the logic behind problem solving, it is possible to perform well in psychometric assessments.

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