Numerical estimation is key in many craft and technical jobs where the ability to quickly and accurately estimate material quantities is essential.
This sample question paper contains 40 questions and has a suggested time limit of 10 minutes. The questions are presented in Letter/A4 format for easy printing and self-marking.
Even though numerical estimation questions appear straightforward,
it can take some time to develop the optimum compromise between
speed and accuracy. Before you attempt to answer each question,
look at the range of answers available and ask yourself how
accurate your estimate needs to be. For example, is an order of
magnitude sufficient or does the answer need to be worked out to
the nearest whole number?
If you out of practice with arithmetic, then try re-learning the times tables up to 12 and practice rough and ready multiplication, division and percentage calculations. Practice can improve your test scores for all types of aptitude tests but numerical estimation is one area where it can really make a difference, so try as many examples as you can.
These sample numerical estimation questions are directly applicable to tests used to select for craft and technical jobs. However, the ability to make quick estimates is a useful skill to have even if you are sitting a graduate or professional level test as it will enable you to roughly check your answers to data interpretation questions.
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