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# Numerical Critical Reasoning Test

Do you expect to take a numerical critical reasoning test, either as part of your job application process or as an internal test? These are the considered to be the hardest type of numerical reasoning tests around. Learn more about these tests with JobTestPrep and you can even try a numerical critical reasoning test sample package to get you in the mood and help you succeed when you come to take the test for real.

## Numerical Critical Reasoning Tests Vs Numerical Reasoning Tests

So what is the difference between these two tests? They are both numerically based, they are both normally timed, they may both allow use of a calculator, and share many other characteristics. If so, what is the difference between them apart from in name?

The answer is the definition of the word “critical”. This is the word of choice for many assessment companies who adopt this sort of terminology to distinguish between different products and difficulty levels of products. This word means that you are not simply being tested on your actual mathematical skills and knowledge. Rather, you are assessed on your ability to manipulate information; drawing inferences from the facts you are given, using them to calculate the correct answer. This is very different from a standard numerical reasoning test where you simply need to find the correct information and use it to make the necessary calculations. In a numerical reasoning test, the big point is that you do not need to make that extra step to reach the answer. This is why numerical critical reasoning tests are so much more difficult that standard numerical tests. Not only do they evaluate your ability to work with numbers but they also test your logical deduction and critical reasoning and thinking skills.

## What is a Numerical Critical Reasoning Test?

In numerical critical reasoning tests you are ordinarily presented with tables or charts often packed with information although you can be given word problems as well that are often algebra based. You have to carefully analyse this information, look at the question and work out the answer. You will need a calculator to complete the calculation. There are in fact, often a number of different calculations that you need to complete in a logical pattern using deduction skills in order to arrive at the correct answer.

In short, the questions on numerical critical reasoning tests are not simple. You need to know how to use calculators efficiently and quickly in order to simply start the question in the correct fashion.

There are generally two types of numerical critical reasoning tests. The first and most popular style presents you with a number of tables that you have to use to find the correct information needed and then use your deductive skills in order to answer the questions. A further type of numerical critical reasoning test is where you are given a number of sentences or a short passage and you have to work calculate the correct answer.

## Who do they assess?

Numerical critical reasoning tests are used to assess a variety of applicants including positions such as: junior management, upper management, graduate positions, supervisory roles and professionals. The underlying skills needed to succeed in these positions are a numerical competency along with an ability to use the information in a productive manner in order to make logical, reasoned decisions. These are key traits for anyone who has to manage projects and personnel in a professional capacity.

## What do you need to get through a Numerical Critical Reasoning Test?

As we have already mentioned, numerical critical reasoning tests are among the hardest psychometric tests around today. In essence, the numerical critical reasoning test is used to find out if you have the requisite mathematical skills for the position you are applying for and can use them to make correct deductions that are needed to make analytic decisions.

As well as these skills, in order to pass these tests you need to show that you can concentrate for a sustained period of time and cope with pressure. This is substantiated by the fact that the tests are short, usually only around 20 minutes in length but at the same time there are a high number of questions. Therefore you need to demonstrate a high level of concentration for a short period of time. This is actually hard to do; particularly as in the past you have taken two to four hour long examinations where such a high level of concentration isn’t necessary in order to complete the exam in the time given. As opposed to long exams, where you are being tested on your actual knowledge alone, numerical critical reasoning tests assess your ability to work under pressure as well. This is in fact one of the hardest aspects of psychometric tests.

## In Summary

This article has explained numerical critical reasoning tests both textually and through an example. To get familiar with popular questions that are likely to comprise a numerical critical reasoning test, you can either take our free numerical test, or continue reading about data interpretation. We hope you have enjoyed this article and hope to help you out on your path to success in numerical critical reasoning tests.

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