NUMERICAL REASONING
GRAPHS AND TABLES TEST
This is a numerical reasoning test similar to those used by many employers when recruiting graduates. It also shows how to work out the answers. This test is very similar to those used for finance job recruitment: banking, accountancy and insurance.
Although this test is fairly typical of the types of test many employers use, please remember that it is for practise only. It is not being taken under examination conditions, and therefore although you are given a score, this is just to satisfy your curiosity and to give you a target to aim for.
You are strongly recommended to use a calculator and scrap paper during this test. Please have a pen and scrap paper to hand before you start.
The test will start with 3 example questions which will not be marked or timed. The test consists of 22 questions and you will have 25 minutes to answer these. As this is a practice test you can continue to answer questions after the formal test has finished if you wish to. Click on the "Go to First Example" button below to begin. Click on the button to the left of your answer to answer it. You can change your answer by clicking on another button.You can also go back to the previous question, by clicking on the previous question button. Questions have graphs or tables which you will need to refer to. These will be displayed above the question.
WHAT YOUR SCORE MEANS
As mentioned before, this test is for practice only, so you should not regard your result as of importance chiefly because the test was not taken under proper test conditions e.g. in a silent room with no disturbances. Your performance can also be distorted if you have a cold, or have not slept well. Also, evidence shows that international students or those from ethnic minorities may be disadvantaged in this type of test, due to language and cultural differences. If your first language is not English, your score is likely to be lower on verbal tests than native English speakers. Mature students may also sometimes be disadvantaged and you should remember that your degree subject may change your performance  for example scientists are likely to do better on mathematical tests and Humanities students on verbal tests. Even your ability to use a mouse may influence your score! Having said all this it is still natural for you to want some feedback on your performance.
Score
 17 or above. This is an above average score for graduates who have taken the test.
 13  16. This is in the average group compared to other Kent graduates who have taken this test.
 12 or below. This is below a typical score for graduates but remember that a number of factors may have distorted your score  see above for some of these factors. You may wish to discuss your results with a careers adviser.
If your maths is a bit rusty, an excellent place to brush up your skills is the BBC Skillswise web site
Take free tests at Graduates First www.graduatesfirst.com
For further example tests and help with tests, see our Aptitude Tests page with tips on how to pass tests. There are now several free practice aptitude tests available on the University of Kent Careers web site. The tests are Numerical Reasoning , Verbal Reasoning , Verbal (Synonyms) , Letter Sequences (logical thinking), Diagrammatic/Spatial and computer aptitude
The answers to this test are not confidential and are as follows (answer numbers refer to the option choice between 1 and 5):
Question 1 2 3 4 5 
Answer 3 1 2 4 2 
Question 6 7 8 9 10 
Answer 5 1 2 5 2 
Question 11 12 13 14

Answer 4 4 5 3

Question 15 16 17 18

Answer 3 1 5 5

Question 19 20 21 22 
Answer 2 3 2 2 
How to work out the answers
EXAMPLE 1) How many owneroccupiers lived in semidetached properties? (to nearest thousand) EXAMPLE 2) How many owneroccupiers lived in flats and terraced properties? (to nearest thousand) ACTUAL TEST 1) What was the population of Botsibia (millions) in 2006 ? 2) How many million cars were there in Korgolia in 2001? 3) Which country had the greatest percentage change in the number of cars per person between 2001 and 2006? You have to calculate the percentage for each country for 2001 and 2006: a lot of work, although those strong on mental arithmetic may be able to make rough estimates to quickly remove the countries with lower percentage changes. E.g. to calculate the percentage ownership of cars in Normark in 2001. Number of cars per person = number of cars / population = 17 / 22.5 = .756. To convert this to a percentage multiply by 100 = 75.6%. the other countries are done in the same way, giving the results shown below. For Korgolia in 2001 and Botsibia in 2006, we are already told the number of cars per person.
Serbistan 19.7% to 31.9% 4) If in 2001 the ratio of cars per person in Velumbia had been the same as that of Normark, how many cars would there be in Velumbia? 5) If between 1987 and 2007 the trend for fashion ties had been the same as for cravats, how many fashion ties would have been sold in 2007? 6) For all types of tie together, what is the percentage decline between 2002 and 2007? (to nearest five percent) 7) What is the approximate absolute change in percentage market share for fashion ties between 1987 and 2007? 8) If the average retail price for silk ties in 2002 was £17.50 plus Value Added Tax at 17.5% what was the total value of silk ties sold in 2002? (to nearest £1000) 9) How many Dollars was one Euro worth in May? 10) What was the percentage drop in the value of the Pound compared to the Euro over the year? 11) If you converted 67 Euros to Pounds in February, how many Dollars (to the nearest Dollar) would this be worth in November? 12) What was the percentage increase in the price of oil between 1998 and 2006? 13) If the total oil supply had grown at the same rate as the former USSR oil supply between 2000 and 2006 how much would this have exceeded the demand in 2006? 14) In which year was the largest combined change in supply from the previous year for OPEC, the former USSR and other NonOECD countries?
Change in 2004 was 3.7 from the previous year: the largest amount. 15) Which company had the widest range of share prices over the 5 years? 16) Which year had the widest range of share prices? 17) Between 2002 and 2006 what was the approximate total change in share prices for all companies? 18) If the proportional change in share price for Pilemin Airlines had been the same as that for Rupt Bank between 2002 and 2006 what would have been the value of Pilemin Airlines shares in 2006? 19) If in 200607, the average share price changes by the same percentage as the average percentage increase between 2002 & 2003 for all these companies, what will be the change in average share price for all these companies between 2006 & 2007? 20) What was the approximate range in CPI values in 2001? 21) What was the mean percentage change in CPI for all countries from the previous year in 1998? 22) If a printer cost 200 US Dollars in 1996 how much would it cost in 2000 assuming the price grew in line with US changes in CPI?


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