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# Numeracy Tests

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The term numeracy test is often used to describe two types of tests that are commonly used in pre-employment selection processes:

1. Numerical reasoning tests and numerical critical reasoning tests, in which inferences are to be drawn from numerical data with the use of calculations and estimations. To read more about this, go to numerical reasoning test.
2. Tests that assess numerical literacy, i.e. the ability to understand basic mathematical concepts and carry out simple arithmetic calculations. These are also known as basic numeracy tests and basic maths tests. Continue reading about this in the following article.

## About numeracy tests and numerical literacy

Numeracy tests, also known as quantitative literacy tests, measure the extent to which people can carry out mathematical operations in everyday life situations, in particular arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These tests are also called numerical computation tests by assessment companies such as SHL and Saville.

In these tests, candidates are presented with word problems and other simple types of numerical data in the form of charts and/or tables and are asked to answer questions in a multiple choice format or alternatively provide their own answer by manually entering it to the computer. An important fact is that the majority of numeracy tests do not allow the use of a calculator.

The most common principles that are examined in these tests are:

• The four basic operations.
• Fractions, and decimals. Get our free review of decimals >>
• Rounding numbers.
• Understanding the principles of graphical representations.
• Transitions of numerical data from tables to graphs.
• Averages.
• Basic geometry concepts.

Here are screenshots of classic numeracy test questions, as they appear in our online practice packs:

## Who is likely to face these tests?

Nowadays, a multitude of non professional and professional positions require basic numeracy skills. These skills serve as evidence for basic education and intelligence, and can greatly affect the chances of getting a job. Whether you are applying for an administrative position, help desk, customer service, sales, or carpentry - basic math knowledge is a must-have skill. The Royal Navy psychometric test is known to contain a section of numeracy questions, as does the police test

## How can JobTestPrep Help?

Since limited numeracy skills can reduce the chances of getting a job or making progress within an organization's hierarchy, it is highly important to review and practice these concepts until full mastery is reached. Numeracy test performance can definitely be improved through practice and JobTestPrep offers extensive practice packs for basic maths tests and basic numeracy tests.

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