Numerical Reasoning Test
This is a numerical reasoning test similar to those used by many employers when recruiting. It also shows how the answers are worked out.
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 allowed to use scrap paper during this test. Please have a pen and scrap paper to hand before you start the test.
- The results of the test are not normed for calculators. If you use one you will not be able to get a measure of your performance against other students. Our second practice Numerical Reasoning Test does allow you to use a calculator.
The test will start with 2 example questions which will not be marked or timed. Click on the "First Question" button below to begin. Click on the button beneath 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. Some questions have graphs or tableswhich 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.
- 23 or above. This is an above average score compared to other Kent graduates who have taken the test.
- 18 - 22. This is in the average group compared to other Kent graduates who have taken this test.
- 17 or below. This is below the typical score of Kent graduates who have taken the test, 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.
See also our NEW Numerical Test 2 slightly harder graphs and tables test.
If your maths is a bit rusty, an excellent place to brush up your skills is the BBC Skillswise web site www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise
For further example tests and help with tests, see our Employer 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 , Harder Numerical Reasoning: Graphs and Tables Test, Verbal Reasoning , Verbal (Synonyms) , Letter Sequences (logical thinking) and Diagrammatic/Spatial
The answers to this test are not confidential and are as follows (answer numbers refer to the option choice between 1 and 5):
5: Frying Tonight
2: 2 km
3: 3 km
2: 24 kmph
4: 48 mph
5: 3534 m
5: Can't say
How to work out the answers
1) 83 -17 = 56 + ?
2) Which company's sales were most consistent throughout the year?
3) In which month did the sales of Hole in Roof and Stones' Throw differ the most?
4) Which month gave the largest number of sales for all the companies combined?
5) What was the percentage increase in sales for Hot House between July and August?
6) How far does the student walk in total?
7) How far is he from the university students' union at 8.20 am?
8) What is the average speed of the bus?
9) What is the missing number? 56 / 7 = ? - 5
10) What is the missing number? 20 / 0.8 = ?
11) Which is the largest fraction: 3/4 7/8 4/5 7/9 7/10
12) If oranges cost 5 for 75p how many can you buy for £2.70? (Assuming they can be bought singly)
13) A shed has a side wall of the dimensions shown. Calculate the area of the wall in square feet.
14) A car left Canterbury at 7.12 am and arrived in Birmingham, 180 miles distant at 10.57 am. What was its average speed in miles per hour?
15) An aircraft flies 930 miles in 75 minutes. How many miles does it fly in 4 hours 45 minutes assuming a constant speed?
16) You get a wage increase of 4% plus an extra £5 per week. Your present wages are £250 per week. What will your new wage be?
17) What is the total income of the taxi driver for the whole year?
18) What is her total expenditure over the year to the nearest pound?
19) What is her average excess of income over expenditure per month to the nearest pound?
20) A cube has a volume of 8 cubic metres. If each side is doubled in length what will its new volume be in cubic metres?
21) A driver drives 8 km South then 6 km W. and 2 km S. again. She then drives 3 km E. to avoid a traffic jam before driving 6 km N. How many kilometres is she from her starting point?
22) What was the largest number of students in any year that went on to further study?
23) What was the decrease in the number of graduates in employment between 2002 and 2004?
24) In 2004 how many social science students were in employment after graduating?
25) Which month showed the largest total decrease in PC sales over the previous month?
26) What percentage of Manufacturer 2's sales were made in April (to the nearest percent)?
27) If the average profit made on each PC sold by Manufacturer 3 over all 5 months was £78 what was the total profit on all sales in this period by that manufacturer?