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.

Sample Numerical Reasoning Tests question Test your knowledge!

Score: /5

The exchange rate between euros and dollars is 1 euro = 1.2 dollars. If a product costs 50 euros, how many dollars would it cost?

  • $60.00
  • $50.00
  • $62.00
  • $58.00

If the total revenue of a company increased by 10% from one year to the next, and the year after it increased by 20% of the new amount, what is the cumulative percentage increase over the two years?

  • 30%
  • 32%
  • 35%
  • 40%

A business sold 150 items this month. If the number of items sold this month represents a 25% increase over last month's sales, how many items were sold last month?

  • 120 items
  • 130 items
  • 140 items
  • 125 items

A survey found that 3 out of 4 customers are satisfied with a company's service. If 300 customers were surveyed, how many customers reported being unsatisfied?

  • 75 customers
  • 100 customers
  • 225 customers
  • 250 customers

If an investment of $10,000 earns 6% annual interest compounded yearly, what will be the total value of the investment at the end of three years?

  • $11,191.02
  • $11,500.00
  • $11,000.00
  • $11,900.00

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Numerical Reasoning Tests FAQs

What is this test used for?

Numerical reasoning tests are key tools employers in the public sector use to gauge a candidate's capacity to handle job-related numerical tasks. They reflect your aptitude in crucial numerical areas.

What do these tests involve?

These tests challenge your grasp on topics like ratios, number sequences, and data interpretation. They involve scenarios where you'll need to apply these concepts, often under timed conditions.

What do these tests measure?

Our numerical reasoning tests utilize advanced algorithms to tailor and keep questions up-to-date, ensuring they accurately measure aptitude with numbers as per current industry benchmarks.

Where can I practice these tests?

Looking to hone your numerical prowess? Psychometric Tests is your go-to resource, offering a wealth of practice tests tailored to improve your performance.

Which employers use these tests?

A wide range of employers in the public sector rely on numerical reasoning tests as part of their hiring process, using them to identify candidates with the right skills.


What our customers say about our Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • 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.

  • Mozambique

    April 17, 2023

    Good test questions!

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

  • Nigeria

    April 24, 2023

    It was intense

    I like that the questions were straightforward!

  • South Africa

    May 16, 2023


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

  • United Kingdom

    May 22, 2023

    Read the questions carefully

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

  • Ghana

    June 27, 2023

    Quite manageable

    It takes ample time to understand each question in the test and since it is time bound, most people might not have the luxury to finish up on time

  • Tanzania

    June 07, 2023

    Time management

    I like the test because it keeps your mind active and quick in reasoning and solving various challenges

  • Egypt

    November 03, 2023

    Very Good Practice

    This test was perfect, it contained a lot of diverse questions testing most of the required aspects of numerical reasoning.

  • India

    November 03, 2023

    Extremely challenging

    Good percentage of questions were tricky and due to increasing level of the questions based on same data, it was more interesting to solve.

  • Denmark

    June 17, 2024

    Understanding the mathematical terms used

    I liked that the terms or vocabulary used in the text for each question were not elementary but sophisticated and story driven. It was difficult at the start but once you adjust to it, it became enjoyable.