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Comment Use Your Brain, Not Your Calculator

Use your brain instead of your calculatorWhen taking your numerical reasoning tests, you need to be quick and accurate, two things that don’t necessarily go well together. Having talked to many people about this we have come across a common scenario which costs time and hence, increases the pressure.
The main problem is that calculators are used far too often. You need to get used to using your brain rather than tapping away on the buttons. 

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Comment Weighted Averages – Redressing the Balance

Weighted Averages

Here’s a little problem that I’ve seen in Numerical Analysis questions which shouldn’t cause a problem but somehow does.

Maybe it’s the wording that throws some of you; I’m not sure. I’m referring to weighted averages. It’s easiest to look at an example to explain what I mean...

Comment Equality for All: A Mismatch of Data

Equality for All: A Mismatch of DataI would like to address in this article an issue that I have seen crop up many times in the UKCAT Numerical Analysis questions.

I have written other articles about order of magnitude issues but this addresses a particular problem. Let’s look at an example...

Comment What the ‘F’ is that...?!

What the 'F' is that...?

I’ve written before about the importance of reading the question carefully and I cannot stress this strongly enough.

You can practise all you like for your Numerical Reasoning tests and become so adept at percentages that you finish your exam with minutes to spare. But, if you have not read the question carefully and you have answered the wrong question then all of your hard work will be for nothing.

Comment The Billion Dollar Question: What is a Billion?

So how much is actually a billion?So how much is actually a billion?

Time and time again a little niggle arises in some of the psychometric numerical reasoning questions that causes a little consternation for some people.

The short answer to the question in the title is, ‘it all depends on where you live.’ The trouble here is that some countries have adopted what is sometimes called a ‘short scale’ billion...

Comment What Usain Bolt and Psychometric test success have in common: Speed

How speed and estimation help you to beat every numerical reasoning challange

What Usain Bolt and Psychometric test success have in common: Speed

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about estimating answers in psychometric tests and, I daresay, it won’t be the last.

This is because it is important – in fact, essential. Usain Bolt has won several Olympic medals by being extremely fast... and you can win a new job by being sufficiently fast to beat most other candidates.

Comment Only after you! Or the true meaning of the Order of Precedence

Order of precedenceOnly after you! Or the true meaning of the "Order of Precedence"

We have been in touch with hundreds of psychometric test takers and job candidates who train hard to improve their numerical reasoning skills. One issue that keeps coming back is something that should be ingrained into everybody at a very early age but it is still causing a few problems for many: the order of precedence.

You certainly know the order of precedence of operators when doing calculations but when you’re using a calculator you need to be dead sure.

Comment The one thing you can do to improve your score at no cost

Having trained hundreds of candidates on our website for career tests and psychometric exams, we have heard tons of feedback from our clients on what works and what doesn’t for them.
What is it, then?
One thing that keeps coming back is this: so many times they will find a subtle trap in their numerical reasoning or abstract reasoning test question, and the only reason it was phrased that way is to make sure you are paying attention. So often this costs you valuable points that you simply cannot afford to lose.

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