Read all the instructions before beginning the test. Take note of how many questions you will have to answer and how long you have to complete the test. Calculate how many questions per minute you should be aiming to answer e.g. 20 questions in 20 minutes will be one minute per question.

Sticking to your timings is very important if you get stuck on a question don’t be afraid to move on. Numerical reasoning tests are not normally negatively marked so it’s worth making a best guess and moving on if you’re really stuck. Remember the easiest questions aren't always first so don’t panic if you find the first few questions very difficult. Provided you have practiced sufficiently prior to taking your assessment you should feel confident.

After you've clicked start and the first question appears read the heading of the graph / table.

Then read the first question slowly, making sure you understand what it is asking.

Next take a look at the graph / table and begin to calculate the first question. The reason for not immediately spending time analyzing the graph / table is that they often contain irrelevant data (i.e. data not needed to answer the question) and until you read the question you don’t know what parts of the graph / table are most important.

When you move onto the next question you’ll be familiar with the information contained in the graphic and you’ll have made efficient use of your limited time.

Calculator skills are very important so make sure you’re using your own calculator and you are familiar with its layout and functions. Get used to using the brackets and memory functions during your practice time.

In some numerical reasoning tests you can go back and review your answers so if you finish early see if you can go back and review your answers. Make a note of any you found particularly difficult as you go through the test so you know where to focus your review after you finish the last question.

Remember that numerical reasoning tests are not designed to test your knowledge of specific formula so the questions often only require simple maths skills to solve them. The key skill is identification of which bits of information are relevant and needed to answer the question. Questions are riddled with ‘dis-tractors’ which you will get more used to identifying through question practice. Practice as many questions as possible prior to sitting your assessment to maximize your performance.

Don’t be blase because your real numerical reasoning test is likely to be multiple choice. There can be anywhere between 4 and 6 possible answers for each question. If there turn out to be 6 then your chance of successfully guessing your way through the assessment is limited.]]>