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Practise CEB's SHL-Style Numerical Tests

See how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for CEB's numerical tests, with level-specific practice solutions.

Get a complete walk-through of SHL numerical reasoning tests, including SHL Verify Numerical Reasoning, free tips, answers to FAQs, and reference to JTP's level-specific practice packs.

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32 numerical tests, CEB's SHL-style.
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30 numerical tests, CEB's SHL-style.
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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: 
  1. Time per question.
  2. Required math skills.
  3. Complexity of data provided (number of tables and graphs in each set).
  4. The extent of critical reasoning involved in the calculation.

What is SHL Verify Numerical Reasoning Test?

SHL Verify Numerical Reasoning Test is an online and unsupervised test, used to assess candidates for their ability to analyse and interpret numerical data. For those who pass, the test is followed by a shortened version of it, used to verify the authenticity of the initial score. Candidates in most job levels will have to sit this type of test, but with different difficulty levels and time limits. The first, online test includes 18 items, with 17-25 minutes to complete and the second verification test includes 10 items to complete in 14-15 minutes. These Tests are specifically relevant for positions in the following industries: IT, Professional Services, Finance, Production and Sales. The content of the test is usually numerical data provided in charts or graphs, followed by a question that requires you to analyse and use this data. Employers usually set cut-scores for these tests. Therefore, it is very important to prepare for them. You can do this with JobTestPrep – choose a practice pack specified for your job level now

What is the difference between SHL Numerical Reasoning and CEB Numerical Reasoning?

There is no difference. CEB has acquired SHL in 2012 but SHL remains SHL and SHL assessments remain the same. We have noticed that candidates search for SHL Numerical Reasoning, CEB Numerical Reasoning or CEB's SHL Numerical Reasoning. However, in terms of test content, there is no difference between those search terms.  

SHL has different Numerical reasoning tests for different job levels and positions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Interpreting Data (also called NC 2.3) – designed for roles involving analysis or decision-making based on numerical facts. basic to moderate difficulty levels.
  4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Estimation  included in test batteries for clerical and technical staff. The candidate is required to estimate the answer to a calculation.
  3. Computation/Calculation  for clerical, technical and semi-skilled staff. Includes straightforward calculations.
  4. 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:
  1. 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). 
  2. Join JobTestPrep: Choose a practice pack or upgrade to a bundle pack that includes other SHL reasoning tests.
  3. 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. 
To learn more about choosing the best preparation pack for CEB's SHL tests, read this article.

Where can I get questions and answers for SHL practice numerical tests?

  1. SHL provides practice tests on its website. However, answers to these tests are not provided. While training for numerical tests, it is very difficult to improve without reviewing the correct answers and explanations after completing the test. 
  2. 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 to have 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 to have GCSE level calculations and arithmetic skills. 
  • Sales and customer service jobs demand both GCSE level knowledge and at times analytical skills typical to this line of work. 
  • Information technology candidates are required to have high level arithmetic skills in addition to data interpretation abilities.

Follow these links for SHL numerical tips, formulas and additional data

Our 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 tips
  • Numerical reasoning tips

  • For an online purchase of our SHL-style numerical practice tests click HERE.

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