With thousands of applicants to choose from, it's common for employers to claim that they use aptitude testing to sift the good candidates from the bad. In fact it is just a way to reduce the number of applicants so that the recruiters can avoid doing their job. The actual differentiating factor is not the actual numerical ability but the amount of time that a particular candidate spent practising those tests. In other words, testing is geared to the most desperate candidates, who need the job very much. This might have the opposite effect to that which is intended.
Nevertheless, you will still have to pass those tests at least once in your life. The most common way for employers to use numerical reasoning tests is online, after they have accepted your CV or initial application form. If you pass your online employers will invite you to an assessment centre or an interview. Often employers ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre (less often before the interview). They claim that this is to verify that you are indeed the same person who scored that great score on the online test. Although incidentally serving this purpose as well, the actual reason is (again) to cut a few candidates, so that the assessment centre process is shorter. This is evident from two major factors: a) the paper based test at the AC is slightly harder, with less time per question and b) the actual time allocated for the AC on the day is too short to interview all the candidates, so they need to cut 25-30% of them.
The best way to familiarise yourself with these tests is to take our free example numerical test below. If you get less than 80% of answers right, it might be worthwhile getting a subscription and preparing for the test with us. Our tests are specifically designed to reflect those that you will encounter during the application process and include solutions and explanations. We also intentionally keep the price low, to make the tests accessible.By taking our numerical reasoning tests you will become familiar with the question format. The number of test tasks that their providers can generate is virtually limitless. However, the tasks are based on a very limited number of structures. In other words, the numbers, colours and wording might differ, but the essence of the test – the thought process needed to complete the task - remains the same. What we did is simple – we took those schemes, which cannot be copyrighted, because you cannot copyright a thought process, - and put our own numbers, words and symbols into them. Learning the schemes will enable you to improve your speed and accuracy substantially.
The great thing about the numerical reasoning tests is that they are not maths tests. Once you get the thought process right it comes down to basic arithmetic. The important characteristics of a numerical reasoning test are: