In **Numerical reasoning questions**, information is provided that
requires you to interpret it and then apply the appropriate logic
to answer the questions. In other words, you need to work out how
to get the answer rather than what calculations to apply.

Sometimes the questions are designed to approximate the type of
reasoning required in the workplace. The questions will often use
very specific illustrations, for example the question may present
financial data or use information technology jargon. However, an
understanding of these areas is not required to answer the
question. **Number series questions** can also be classified as
numerical reasoning questions. These types of question are very
commonly used in graduate and managerial selection.

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.

Numerical reasoning tests are an increasingly popular way of assessing candidates during the job selection process. Many people who have been out of the education system for a while or who don’t use maths on a day-to-day basis feel intimidated by these types of test.

The important thing to remember is that you don’t need to
have studied mathematics to a high level to succeed. These are
primarily tests of reasoning ability and the math needed is
invariably straightforward. Although you may need to get back up
to speed with percentages, ratios, proportions, fractions and
decimals.

You will usually be allowed to use a calculator for these types of
question and investing in one which can handle fractions and
percentages is a good idea. You should also try to work through a
few numerical computation practice papers to get back into swing
of these types of calculation.

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