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The Korn Ferry Numerical Test is one of the Korn Ferry preemployment assessments, originally developed by TalentQ. This exam assesses your ability to quickly understand and analyze numerical data provided in tables or graphs, with most examples taken from the world of business and statistics. These questions require highschoollevel math skills, and the ability to quickly solve difficult problems.
Korn Ferry's numerical test is widely used in the banking industry at major companies such as UBS, Bank of England, and Macquarie.
Calculators are allowed and recommended, so make sure to get one before your test. In addition, it is recommended to use pen and paper to keep track of your calculations.
Quick recap: The Talent Q Elements Numerical Test is made of four sections with three questions each.
All sections consist of tables and/or graphs, followed by three multiplechoice questions (sometimes with as much as 30 choices). These require finding the relevant information scattered throughout the data and making the necessary calculations to reach the answer.
Example 1
1990 
2000 

Type of University 
Unemployed 
Employed 
Unemployed 
Employed 
Private 
155 
1475 
125 
1350 
State 
125 
1610 
150 
1250 
a) How many more or less employed graduates were there in 1990 than in 2000?
✔️ The correct answer is "More, by 485"
Let's go through solving this question using our 4step method.
1) Read the question carefully:
From reading the question we can tell that we are looking for information about the group of employed graduates in two different years: 1990 and 2000.
2) Skim the table:
First, the headline lets you know that the entire table deals with graduates.
Second, there is a column for each for the years mentioned, which contains two other columns – one for employed and one for unemployed. You only care about the employed columns.
Note: The rows make a distinction between state and private universities, but as you weren’t asked about this distinction specifically, so don't be distracted by it. You need to take both into account.
3) Figure out the necessary calculation:
To determine how many more or less employed graduates there were in 1990 than in 2000, you should calculate the number of graduates employed in both 2000 and 1990 and subtract the figures.
The number of employed in 1990 = Private + State = 1,475 + 1,610 = 3,085.
The number of employed in 2000 = Private + State = 1,250 + 1,350 = 2,600.
As you can see, there were more employed graduates in 1990 than in 2000.
4) Calculate The difference: in the number of employed in 1990 and 2000:
3,085 – 2,600 = 485.
And so, the answer is "more, by 485".
b) What proportion of the unemployed graduates in 2000 studied in private universities? (rounded to 2 decimal places)
✔️ The correct answer is 0.45
1) Read the question carefully:
You can tell that all you need to look at is unemployed graduates in the year 2000.
Employed graduates and the year 1990 are not relevant to this question.
2) Skim the table:
Because this is the 2nd question in the set, you should already know the table well enough to go straight to the location of the information you need.
This step might be harder in more complex questions with bigger, more intricate tables.
3) Figure out the necessary calculation:
To find the proportion of the unemployed graduates in 2000 who studied in private universities, you should determine the number of unemployed graduates in 2000 in private universities and divide that number by the total number of unemployed graduates in the same year.
4) Calculate:
Add the total number of unemployed graduates in 2000:
125 + 150 = 275
Divide the number of unemployed from private universities by the above total:
125/275 = 0.45
The answer: The proportion of unemployed graduates who studied in private universities is 0.45.
Example 2
Employees per sector in the UK  

Sector  % of employees among sectors  
Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  
Agriculture  15  10  20 
Manufacturing  60  55  60 
Services  0  5  3 
Marketing  17  15  12 
Selfemployed  8  5  5 
Sector  Median Salary Year 1  % of change in median salary from previous year  
Year 2  Year 3  
Agriculture  £21,000  5  5 
Manufacturing  £26,000  2  1 
Services  £27,000  0  9 
Marketing  £34,000  2  10 
Selfemployed  £12,000  6  3 
Annual number of employees  

Year 1  Year 2  Year 3 
50,000,000  70,000,000  80,000,000 
Income Tax Rates  
0  £15,000  £15,001  £32,000  £ 32,001  150,000 
10%  20%  30% 
a) Assuming the tax rate applies to the entire salary, in which sector did the number of employees increase the most from year 1 to year 2?
[insert]
✔️ The correct answer is "Manufacturing"
1) Read the question carefully:
According to the question, you need to scan the tables for information regarding the number of employees in different sectors across the first 2 years only. Anything else would be irrelevant.
2) Skim the table:
You can see that each row represents a sector; “year 1” and “year 2” appear in 2 places, but only the top part of the green table refers to the number of employees;
You can also see that the green table only discusses percentages of employees, and that it’s the bottom black table that gives you absolute numbers.
3) Figure out the necessary calculation:
To reach the answer, you must determine the number of employees for each sector in both year 1 and 2.
Then deduct the number of of employees in year 1 from year 2 to determine the difference
4) Calculate:
To do this you'll need to combine information from the green and black tables.
And since the employment figures in the green table are given in percentages, you'll need to translate ratios into absolute numbers using the the info in the black table.
Note that the annual number of employees differs from year to year.
Do this as follows:
The answer (highlighted in red) shows that the biggest increase in employees was 8.5 million  in the manufacturing sector.
Free TalentQ Numerical Reasoning TestComplete the test to get a predicted score, then review your answers. 


Test Time  1:30 min 
Questions  5 
Pass Score  8 

To make the best use of the short time given for each question, and manage to solve it before time runs out, use the following four steps:
Note: Some of the highdifficultylevel questions require numerous calculations to reach the answer, taking a longer time. If you run out of time on such questions, keep in mind that even encountering them means you’re doing a great job overall.
Use your time wisely
Since questions come in sets of 3 (per table), the first one will take more time while you’re familiarizing yourself with the given data.
Use this to your advantage and make the subsequent questions easier for yourself by first trying to understand how to read the table.
Don’t try to guess
This test offers too many answer options for guessing to be effective, so don’t read over all the answer options to find the answer you think sounds the best (there can be up to 30 options!).
Instead, find the most useful data, do your calculation, and then find which answer choice yours matches.
Stay focused on your goal
You may get distracted by all the additional information in the given tables.
Try to read the question thoroughly to find the relevant statistical data and ignore the rest of the unnecessary information.
Simulate your test as accurately as possible: Having tried and practised Talent Q Numerical questions in a testlike environment can give you focus and calm during your actual assessment.
We've developed tailored numerical practice tests with specifically designed to simulate the Korn Ferry/ Talent Q numerical test. This will provide you with the tools you need to prepare effectively for this test and the unique challenges presented.
Most candidates only have about a week before taking the TalentQ test. From our experience, six days are just the right amount of time to prepare efficiently and effectively and see a better result. This is an optimal timeline based on our full preparation pack:
Day 1
You should go back to the guides during your preparation to refresh your memory and make sure you are using all the tools they provide.
Day 2
Practice questions you find most challenging ("Numerical Drills" section). Complete each drill, then review your answers to learn from your mistakes (you don't have to yet time yourself).
Day 34
Start practising minitests in timed mode ("Numerical Extra Practice" section). It's time to learn to deal with the pressure of the time constraint you’ll face when taking the real test. This will give you insight into how to answer questions accurately and quickly.
Take half the tests and then take a breather. It is best to go through the material at a reasonable pace. Rushing through questions is not an effective way to study.
Day 56
Diagnose your progression. Take a full test from your ‘Elements Numerical’ tests. Reassess your weak points, then go back to the guides to see if there are tips to help you improve in those areas. Also, review previous questions of these types again to see if your mistakes follow a pattern.
Take all remaining minitests. Be sure to spend a considerable part of your time reviewing your mistakes and learning how to use our tool kit to avoid needless mistakes. Make sure to abide by the time limit.
Simulate your actual test. Finally, take your last full TalentQ Numerical practice test to simulate both question types and timelimit on the actual exam.
Turn off your phone, remove any distractions, and try to emulate conditions. For instance, if you are taking the real test online, you can create the exact same conditions: place, time of day, computer model, etc.
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Your raw score in the Talent Q Elements Numerical test is comprised of all the correct answers you have accumulated, while taking the difficulty level of each question into account.
Then, your score is compared to the appropriate comparison group of your employers’ choosing.
This means that it is not enough to do well on the test; you must surpass your competitor’s scores as well.
Learn more about Talent Q test results and score reports.
Although there is no pass/fail score for this test, your score is compared to that of other candidates applying for the same position.
Usually you have to score at or above the 80th percentile in order to continue in the application process.
Yes! Calculators, pens and scrap paper are all allowed. So make sure to bring them with you before starting the test.
Usually, no. If you are applying for a specific role, you will only have one chance to take the Talent Q Numerical test during the hiring process.
You will be given 90 seconds to answer the first question of each set. Afterwards you will 75 seconds to answer the next two per set.
The test includes four sets of data, given as either a table or graph. Each set includes 3 multiplechoice questions which can be solved using the given data.
There are 12 questions on the test, each one containing up to 30 or more answer options.
Yes. When you prepare with the right practice materials you are sure to boost your numerical reasoning skills and become more familiar with how to locate the relevant data and plug in the correct equation.
Korn Ferry, the company that administers the TalentQ tests say as much on their website:
"Putting time into practising the kinds of questions you may face in ability tests is the best way of maximising your performance and boosting your confidence."
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Since you will be scored based on the amount of questions you got correct, as well as the difficulty level of each one, you don’t have to worry about answering every single question.
You will be invited to take the test either at the company’s location or online in the comfort of your own home (or any other quiet place).
Because the test questions are adaptive, the difficulty level of the test adjusts depending on your performance.
No. This is because your potential employer wants to measure your skills and reasoning abilities by evaluating the extent of what you know.
No. This is because the test is adaptive, so every question may have a different level of difficulty.
You will be scored based on the difficulty of the questions you answered correctly.
There are a variety of employers who use this test in their recruitment process to identify strong candidates.
Several wellknown companies who use this test include: SAB Investments, Frontline and Alinta.
Usually not, since most recruitment processes start with the submission of an application
You will most likely not get a chance to ask questions during the actual test.
Yet when you are invited to take the test initially, you can ask basic questions regarding the exam.
Most tests do not allow for taking breaks during the duration of the exam. Take care of everything you need before you begin.