Graduate numerical reasoning tests are amongst the most common graduate aptitude tests employers use to weed out prospective job candidates. But what if you took hardly any maths courses in university? What if maths problems take you a long time to perform? Don't worry; JobTestPrep is here to help you prepare.

What Is a Graduate Numerical Reasoning Test?

Graduate numerical reasoning tests usually assess the ability to read, interpret, and analyse numerical data and perform calculations typically involving percentages, ratios, and currency conversions, amongst other operations.

Graduate scheme numerical tests are most common in the financial sector, but just about any employer can use them in the graduate recruitment process. They can be given online as a pre-test or as part of the assessment centre.

Popular Numerical Reasoning Tests for Graduates

There are many assessment companies that deliver numerical reasoning tests for graduates.  Each provides a different test with its own unique characteristics:

  • The CEB SHL Verify numerical reasoning test requires analysis of numerical data in a table or graph. It contains 18 multiple-choice questions (divided into six sets of three) that become progressively harder. The time limit is 25 minutes.
  • The IBM Kenexa Ability numerical reasoning test includes figure, table, and graph analysis problems. The test is multiple-choice and contains 20 questions to be answered in 20–25 minutes.
  • The Cubiks numerical reasoning test includes graph and chart analysis problems and contains 20 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 24 minutes.
  • The Korn Ferry Talent Q Elements numerical test includes 12 multiple-choice questions with several answer options. The test is adaptive and has a time limit of 90 seconds for the first question and 75 seconds for each subsequent problem.
  • The cut-e numerical ability test is unique because the information is given in tables and graphs in six individual tabs that must be navigated quickly. The answer options are true/false/cannot say. There are 37 questions to be answered in 12 minutes.
  • The Criterion Partnership's Utopia numerical test requires analysis of numerical data given in tables and graphs. Its questions relate to environmental issues. There are 16 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 18 minutes.
  • The Saville numerical analysis test is comprised of three sets of graphs, each accompanied by four questions with a time limit of three minutes per set. There is a total of 12 multiple-choice questions to be answered in nine minutes.
  • The Hudson numerical test contains 20 multiple-choice questions, each about a different graph or table, and has a time limit of 30 minutes.
  • The Pearson numerical reasoning test contains 21 multiple-choice questions divided into seven sets. Each set presents you with one set of data (one or two tables or charts, or one of each) followed by three questions to be answered in 30 minutes.
  • The Pearson RANRA (Rust Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal) test is different than other numerical reasoning tests. It tests you on deduction, analysis, and interpretation skills and is also combined with real life problem-solving.

Graduate Numerical Reasoning Sample Question

The following is a classic example of a numerical reasoning problem for the graduate level. Try to solve it before reading the explanation below:

Which company had the lowest absolute percentage change in share price from opening to closing?

  1. Pinks
  2. Calico
  3. Treiley
  4. Baegon
  5. Cannot say

The correct answer is (D). While it is possible to calculate the change in percentage of the stock price for each company, another option is to simply search through the table for a possible solution.

Note that Baegon’s difference is the smallest, while it also has the second highest opening stock price of all the companies. Therefore, an educated guess without any calculations would be that Baegon's had the lowest percentage change.

The full calculation is as follows:

Percentage change = (close price − open price)/open price

Pinks: (1.41 − 1.32)/1.32 = 0.0681 = 6.81% increase

Calico: (2.93 − 3.27)/3.27 = -0.104 = 10.4% decrease

Treiley: (1.79 − 1.63)/1.63 = 0.0982 = 9.82% increase

Baegon: (2.51 − 2.45)/2.45 = 0.0245 = 2.45% increase

Graduate Numerical Reasoning Test Tips

Check out the following tips for acing your graduate numerical test:

  • Research the test – Find out which test you are taking and then research everything you can about the test.
  • Know your calculator – Learn how your calculator works so you can save valuable time during the test.
  • Brush up on charts and graphs – There will be confusing graphs and charts to trip you up. Practising in advance will help you weed through the tricky data to find the correct answer.
  • Be prepared – It is essential that you take the time to understand and practise the types of questions that will appear on the test. JobTestPrep can help you become familiar with popular question formats and improve your skills so there are no surprises on test day.

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Prepare for Your Graduate Numerical Test

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