SHL Calculation Test Guide and Practice [2024]

The SHL Calculation Test entails unique difficulties that make it an extra challenging experience. With an **18-second time limit per question** and the need to accurately calculate each and every one of its **20 questions**, your calculation skills must be as sharp as they can be.

The following guide will give you everything you need to know ahead of this challenging SHL assessment. We will also show you how **focusing on shortcuts and tailored quick-solving techniques are the surest way to ace the test** (including sample questions and answers).

In addition, you may gain immediate access to** the only accurate practice for the SHL Calculation Test**.

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The SHL Calculation Test (also sometimes referred to as SHL Verify Calculation Test) is a short assessment designed to assess your ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately.

The test contains **20 questions to be solved in 6 minutes**. Unlike traditional tests, **the time allotment in the SHL Calculation Test is given per question**, not for the whole test.

You will have **18 seconds to answer each question**.

Here are several additional facts about the SHL Verify Calculation Test:

- Each question has 5 answer options.
- You will not be able to go back or change your answers.
- A calculator is not allowed.

All questions in the SHL Calculation Test are structured as an equation with one variable, marked ‘?’. You will need to choose the value of ‘?’ from the 5 answer options.

Here is a sample question you might encounter:

141 x 6 : ? = 94

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You could, naturally, solve this drill with a straightforward calculation. But that’s going to take quite some time.

Remember that in the SHL Calculation Test, you have **18 seconds per question** – both for the easy ones and the harder ones.

That means that you must develop the ability to quickly solve relatively complex calculations like this one.

Note: ':' is a notation for division (/) often used in the SHL Calculation Test.

Let’s combine several quick-calculation methods to solve this drill with minimal calculations:

**Step #1 – General Estimation**

It is easy to see that the ‘?’ must be greater than 6 since 141 x [6:?] = 94.

So, ? > 6

That rules out answer options A and B.

**Step #2 – Look at the Answer Options**

We have 3 answer options left, but **all we have to do is check one**. Specifically, answer option D.

Why?

Let’s say **we plug 12 into the left side** of the equation. By the definition of fractions:

- If the final answer
**is****greater than 94**,**the correct answer has to be 14**since we need to make sure that [6:?] < [6:12]. - If the final answer
**is****smaller than 94**,**the correct answer has to be 9**since we need to make sure that [6:?] > [6:12]. - If the final answer
**is 94, the correct answer is, well, 12**.

Let's do just that.

**Step #3 – Plug the Number In**

141 x 6 : 12 = 141 x 0.5 = 70.5 < 94

Therefore, the correct answer is **C (? = 9).**

32 x 17 – 56 + ? = 530

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This is also the kind of question many candidates will find very difficult to solve within 18 seconds.

Again, let’s see how fast-solving methods can significantly help reduce solving time. This time we’ll use the **Last Digit Method**.

Since this is eventually an addition drill, all we have to do to find the correct answer is **to find the last digit of the left-hand side of the equation**.

Here’s how it works:

- 32 x 17 = …4 (the last digit is
**4**, since 2 x 7 = 14) - …4 – 56 = …8 (the last digit is
**8**, since 14 – 6 = 8) - …8 + …2 = 530 (
**the last digit of ‘?’ is 2**)

Therefore, the correct answer is C.

To check, let’s perform the drill in full:

32 x 17 – 56 + 42 = 544 – 56 + 42 = 530

*With 18 seconds per question (regardless of its level), you have to develop the ability to quickly recognize and employ the best shortcut technique to ace the SHL Calculation Test.*

As you have seen in the previous two sample questions, the way to succeed on the SHL Verify Calculation Test is to **develop quick and effective calculation shortcuts**.

It is important to hone your calculation skills, but if you approach every drill as a straightforward, brute-force calculation, you will end up getting the harder questions wrong.

These harder questions are eventually what will get your score above the competition.

**Prepare for the actual test**with questions simulating the SHL Calculation Test rules, formatting, time constraints, and difficulty level.**Focus on shortcut techniques and fast-solving methods**to help you cope with the challenging time constraints.**Improve your calculation skills**with additional numeracy practice tests.

Oftentimes, candidates required to take the SHL Calculation Test will be required to take additional SHL tests, such as the SHL Numerical Reasoning Test or SHL Personality Questionnaire (OPQ).

**If you need to take more than one SHL test, check out the SHL All-in-One Preparation Pack to be covered for all your SHL tests, or prepare with our free SHL test practice.**

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