SHL Numerical Test Practice
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A Guided Tour to the World of SHL Numerical Assessments
There are very high chances that your next numerical assessment will comprise of an SHL numerical test. The reason for this is SHL popularity among employers of all sizes, from global audit firms to SMEs. In the following article and subsequent pages we will elaborate on the nature of SHL numerical tests, starting with the most popular type - Numerical Reasoning.
What is SHL Numerical Reasoning?
Numerical reasoning is at the heart of SHL numerical tests. In these tests, numerical data is provided in the form of charts and graphs, in some cases more than one data source per question. The candidate is required to identify the relevant pieces of information and draw inferences in order to answer a question. Usually, each set of data is followed by a set of 3-5 questions. The content is generally related to the business world, and can be industry-specific.
Numerical reasoning tests vary in their difficulty levels according to the position in hand. The factors that alter the difficulty levels are usually:
- Time per question.
- Required math skills.
- Complexity of data provided (number of tables and graphs in each set).
- The extent of critical reasoning involved in the calculation.
SHL has different Numerical reasoning tests for different job levels and positions:
- Numerical Reasoning & Numerical Analysis (also called NMT2 & NMT4) – designed for senior management and Information Technology candidates. Top difficulty level, includes ratio, proportion and probability questions.
- Numerical Critical Reasoning (also called NMG 1-6) – designed for graduates and managers. Industry-relevant data. Moderate to advanced difficulty levels. Also known as Management and Graduate Item Bank (MGIB).
- Interpreting Data (also called NC 2.3) – designed for roles involving analysis or decision-making based on numerical facts. basic to moderate difficulty levels.
- Numerical Interpretation & Numerical Evaluation (also called NCC2 and NCC4) – designed for sales and customer service roles. The questions are designed to simulate sales and customer service data. NCC4 is more difficult and designed for roles which require analysis or decision-making based on numerical facts.
The use of a calculator is permitted in the above types of tests.
Other Types of SHL Numerical Tests
- Number Series – information technology candidates are usually required to sit this test. Number Series tests present numerical sequences that follow a logical rule which is based on elementary arithmetic. The task is to discover the logical rule and predict the next item in the sequence. Learn more about number series here.
- Estimation – included in test batteries for clerical and technical staff. The candidate is required to estimate the answer to a calculation.
- Computation/Calculation – for clerical, technical and semi-skilled staff. Includes straightforward calculations.
- Number Skills – delivered only to semi-skilled staff candidates. Requires quick calculations without the use of a calculator.
Here are a few frequently asked questions that relate to SHL numerical tests.
What is the best way to prepare for SHL numerical tests?We recommend 3 stages of preparation:
- Research: make sure your tests are administered by SHL. Then match your position's requirements to the tests mentioned on this page and choose the proper practice pack (operational/graduate/senior mgmt).
- Join JobTestPrep: Choose a practice pack or upgrade to a bundle pack that includes other SHL reasoning tests.
- Start practising: practise as much as you can to improve response times and confidence. Use the variety of practice resources offered in our packs - hundreds of practice questions, answers to questions and solving tips, PDF study guides and video tutorials.
Where can I get questions and answers for SHL practice numerical tests?
- SHL provides practice tests on its website. However, answers to these tests re not provided. While training for numerical tests, it is very difficult to improve without reviewing the correct answers and explanations after completing the test.
- JobTestPrep provides SHL-style practice questions with answers, explanations and solving tips so you could track your progress and learn new approaches and methods.
What level are SHL numerical test questions?As mentioned before, there are numerous SHL tests in the numeracy category. The level of difficulty is set according to a variety of factors determined by the role type and employer. At JobTestPrep you can buy a tailored pack suited to your level (operational/graduate/senior mgmt).
What numerical skills do I need in order to pass an SHL test?As mentioned above, SHL tests are role specific. Therefore, the skills required are also role specific:
- Senior managers, managers and graduates are required numerical analytic skills, excellent ability to understand graphs and tables and knowledge of ratios, percentages and probabilities.
- Clerical, technical and semi-skilled staff are required GCSE level calculations and arithmetic skills.
- Sales and customer service candidates demand both GCSE level knowledge and at times analytical skills typical to this line of work.
- Information technology candidates are required high level arithmetic skills in addition to data interpretation abilities.
What are SHL Numerical Verify tests?SHL Verify is a screening technology that is used in the early hiring stages and allows employers to test job applicants online. Candidates are first asked to take a short numerical Verify test online. If successful, those candidates will move on to the next step in the process and will then be asked to take a shorter/longer verification test at the assessment centre. The exact length and difficulty of each test depends on the nature of the job and its level. For example, the first, online verify numerical test may include 18 items, with 17-25 minutes to complete and the the second verification test will include 10 items to complete in 14-15 minutes.
You are likely to meet a Verify test if you take an online Numerical Reasoning or a Numerical Computation test. Read more about SHL verify tests here.
Follow these links for SHL numerical tips, formulas and additional dataOur practice packs are accompanied by study guides, video tutorials and detailed explanations per question. If you wish to have a glimpse of free SHL numerical tips, reflecting only a miniscule amount compared to our paid materials, please use the following links.
Tips for using a calculator
Currency conversion tipsNumerical reasoning tips
For an online purchase of our SHL numerical practice tests click HERE.
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