Prepare for the NHS Healthcare Assistant Numeracy and Literacy Test

Are you applying to the NHS as a healthcare assistant? Find out what is involved in the recruitment process and how to prepare with JobTestPrep.
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Recruitment for NHS healthcare assistants can be challenging. Apart from the application form, you will sit a numeracy and literacy test (sometimes referred to as English and maths test) along with an interview. Knowing what to expect from these three assessments can help you succeed and get the job so preparation is key!

NHS Healthcare Assistant Recruitment Process

NHS Healthcare Assistant Online Tests

The numeracy and literacy tests for NHS healthcare assistants are administered either online or at home. You are told in advance how you will sit the test. Both tests are 30 minutes long, which creates time pressure to answer all the questions in the time available. Questions in the test relate to the medical field, such as how much medicine to give a patient, different forms of time (12 and 24 hour clocks) and how to spell specific words.

Numeracy Test

During the numeracy / maths test, your mental arithmetic skills are being assessed, meaning you cannot use a calculator. The questions require you to be able to answer questions with the basic maths functions: addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Polish your quick maths skills with our numerical series practice pack.

Literacy Test

The literacy / English test is an examination of your English language skills. The questions focus on spelling, punctuation and reading in addition to basic comprehension. Our English language practice pack can help you review these basic skills and offers insight to the finer points of understanding English grammar. 

Start practising now with our NHS Numeracy and Literacy Pack!

NHS Healthcare Assistant Interview

The second part of NHS healthcare assistant recruitment is the interview. During the interview, the assessors are looking to get to know you and how well you could fit the role. They want to see how familiar you are with the role and what the job entails.

NHS Healthcare Assistant Interview Questions

  • How can you save the NHS money in your role?
  • What do you know about the role of a healthcare assistant?
  • What are the values and objectives of this job?
  • What can you do to maintain the dignity of your patients?

As the interview is the last stage to get through before getting the job offer, being fully prepared for the questions is a must. Review the job description and do your research to help you answer the questions. Our free guide to interviews PDF can help you work on your interview strategy and come out successful.

In Summary

The role of a healthcare assistant with the NHS is a rewarding career for those who are up to the challenge. If you think you’ve got what it takes, improve your chances of getting hired by preparing for the tests and interview with JobTestPrep. Good Luck!

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