Numerical Reasoning Tests

Numerical reasoning tests gauge how adept you are at dealing with a variety of different mathematical problems.

  • What are numerical reasoning tests?

    Numerical reasoning tests examine how adept you are with numbers. Each test is comprised of a range of mathematical problems - you could be asked to analyse graphs and data, to answer complex questions on equations, fractions and ratios, or to use basic maths principles such as subtraction and division.

    As you’d expect, the numerical reasoning test is always taken in timed conditions, so you need to master both speed and accuracy to do well.

    The test is undoubtedly challenging, but by practising as many numerical reasoning tests as you can before taking the one that matters, you’ll learn what to expect, you’ll get faster and you’ll improve your general maths.

  • Why do employers use numerical reasoning tests?

    The public sector is comprised of a huge range of different careers - many of which require solid mathematical skills.

    If you’ve been asked to take a numerical reasoning test, it’s highly likely that you’ll be using at least basic maths on a day-to-day basis, so brushing up on your skills and taking the test is a great way to improve your own skillset, while also impressing a potential employer.

    The numerical reasoning test works in conjunction with the interview(s) you’ll be expected to attend before being offered a permanent role. This dual approach helps employers get a better idea of what you’re like as a person, and whether you’d be a good fit for the company and the public sector job you’ve applied for.

  • What is the numerical reasoning test format?

    The test will have multiple choice answers. Based on the answer you select, you’ll be marked ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ and as always with maths - there’s no room for subjectivity!

    You can normally assume you’ll have around a minute to answer each question, but we recommend quickly working out the amount of time you have per question at the beginning of the test, just to be on the safe side and to give you a rough timetable to work against.

  • What skills does numerical reasoning test?

    Each test varies, but most will cover a wide range of mathematical principles. Ratios, fractions, percentages, equations, data analysis and graph work are all likely to come up on the test, so you should spend some time brushing up on your basic maths, paying particular attention to any weak areas.

    Visualising yourself in your chosen public sector career can help encourage you to put the time and effort in.

    When practising, it’s always worth making sure you have a glass of water, everything you need to complete the test, a quiet room to work in and a timer so you can check how well you do against the clock.

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Numerical Reasoning Tests FAQs

How are numerical reasoning tests scored?

Most numerical reasoning tests use raw or comparative scoring. Raw scores are when your right answers are displayed as a percentage ratio. Whereas comparative scoring looks at your result in direct comparison to the other people who took the same test.

What are numerical reasoning tests used for?

Numerical reasoning tests assess your ability to process numbers quickly and accurately. Working in the public sector will require regular number use, and the test offers you an opportunity to showcase how well you wrestle with ratios, graphs, fractions and more.

What do numerical reasoning tests involve?

Anything and everything mathematical! You can expect ratios, graphs, data analysis, sums, equations and much, much more.

What do numerical reasoning tests measure?

Jobs in the public sector normally require a certain amount of work with numbers. A numerical reasoning test gives you the opportunity to prove to employers you have the strengths and skills they’re looking for.

Where can I practice numerical reasoning tests?

Practice Aptitude Tests has a huge number of practice numerical reasoning tests that you can have a go at. Not only will you get quicker and better by practising, our website also gives you the opportunity to pick up handy hints, tricks and tips that’ll help you on the big day - and in your career.

Which employers use numerical reasoning tests?

Whether it’s the police service or healthcare, a job in the public sector more often than not requires a basic level of mathematical skill. Employers that utilise the numerical reasoning tests are certainly looking for people who are adept with numbers.

The chances are, if you’re interested in the job, you already have the necessary skills as most people seek out a career in something they’re good at or enjoy. And practising will help ensure you succeed when it matters.


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    March 30, 2023

    Reading the questions carefully greatly helps you answer faster

    The test included a variety of questions with graphs and tables that allow for a nice spread to practice

  • United States of America

    April 11, 2023

    Interesting test questions

    Some questions focused on turnover which was not something I thought I would have to know to answer the questions. Questions are comprehensive.

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    April 17, 2023

    Good test questions!

    I think that is a good test but I think that the time constraints are challenging!

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    April 24, 2023

    It was intense

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    May 16, 2023


    I like that the questions were interesting. Would have appreciated a little bit of more time.

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    May 22, 2023

    Read the questions carefully

    I found this quite challenging as there were multiple parts of information to understand before extracting this.

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    June 27, 2023

    Quite manageable

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    June 07, 2023

    Time management

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    November 03, 2023

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    November 03, 2023

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