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SHL-Style Free Numerical Reasoning Tests

On this page, you will find a free version of our popular SHL-style numerical reasoning test. Practising for your SHL test beforehand will give you the upper hand when going through the recruitment process. The purpose of this free test is to give you an idea of the test format, question structure, and answering style found on the actual assessment. This sample SHL-style numerical test includes 15 questions that will need to be answered in a 7.5-minute time frame. Once you have completed the free test, you will receive a score report with full answer explanations for each question.

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SHL-style Numerical Reasoning Question Examples

Below you will find several examples of questions you will likely face while taking the SHL numerical reasoning test. These sample questions include thorough answer explanations to stimulate your learning process. Try answering these questions prior to looking at the correct responses and explanations to get an idea of your numerical capabilities.

Numerical Question Sample 1


The correct answer is 3 additional printers.

In order to solve this problem you need to be familiar with the basic formula:

Work = rate*time

We will insert the given information into the formula in order to form a system of two equations (the variables "work" and "rate" are indicated as W and r, respectively. The total number of printers required in the second equation is indicated as "a"):

(I.) W = 6r*12

(II.) W = a*r*8

=> 6r*12 = a*r*8

72r = 8*a*r - Since r ≠ 0, divide both sides by r, to eliminate it from the equation.

72 = 8*a - Simplify by 8

a = 9

The solutions to this equations are: a = 9.


A = the total number of printers, which includes the original 6 printers + the additional printers required. Thus, 9 = 6 + y => y = 3 additional printers.

Another approach to this type of questions is to work in two steps:

(1) Finding the individual rate of work per printer

(2) Finding the additional number of printers needed

Step 1- The work rate of 6 printers together is 1 newspaper/ 12 hours => 1/12. Since each printer works at the same rate we can say that each printer contributes 1/6th of the total rate of work, meaning: (1/12)/6 = 1/72.

Step 2- We will insert what we have learned in step 1 and the required time (hours) into the basic formula:

Work = rate*time

1 newspaper = number of printers*(1/72)*8 hours

=> 1 = number of printers*1/9

=> Number of printers = 9

The number of printers includes the original six printers + the additional printers required.

Thus, 9 - 6 = 3 additional printers.

SHL Numerical Question Sample 2


The correct answer is 4:7.

To say that there are 4/7 as many yellow jelly beans as there are red jelly beans means that for every single red jelly bean there is 4/7 yellow jelly bean.

Thus, the ratio of yellow to red is 4/7:1

By multiplying both sides by 7, we arrive at the ratio of 4:7.

Note: You need to pay careful attention to the order of the words in the sentence. The ratio of X to Y is displayed as X:Y. That is why the correct answer is 4:7 and not 7:4.

SHL Numerical Question Sample 3


The correct answer is A.

The real value of the profit Alex made on each stock will be equal to the real price change of the stocks between the time he bought them and the time he sold them.

This can be calculated using the equation:


Real Price Change = Nominal Price at End of Period - [Nominal Price at Beginning of Period × (1 + Inflation from Year A to Year B)].


Let us first examine the Russian stock.

The nominal price of 260 shares at the end of the period is equal to: 260 × £50 = £13,000.

The nominal price of 260 shares at the beginning of the period is equal to: 260 × £36 = £9,360.

The Inflation that occurred in Russia between January 1, 2006, and January 1, 2009, is equal to: (1.09 × 1.095 × 1.1) – 1 = 0.313

The real value of the profit made on the Russian stock is therefore equal to: 13,000 – (9,360 × 1.313) = £710.


Now let’s examine the UK stock.

The nominal price of 170 shares at the end of the period is equal to: 170 × £50 = £8,500.

The nominal price of 170 shares at the beginning of the period is equal to: 170 × £43 = £7,310.

The inflation that occurred in the UK between January 1, 2006 and January 1, 2009 is equal to: (1.03 × 1.02 × 1.03) – 1 = 0.082.

The real value of the profit made on the UK stock is therefore equal to: 8,500 – (7,310 × 1.082) = £590.


The real value of the difference between the profit Alex made on the Russian stock and the profit he made on the UK stock is, therefore, equal to: 710 – 590 = £120.


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What is the SHL Numerical Reasoning Online Test?

The SHL numerical test consists of psychometric-style questions. In most cases, you will be given between 25-35 minutes to complete the test. During the SHL numerical assessment, you will be presented with numerical data in the form of a table or a graph, followed by multiple-choice questions relating to the data. Answering the questions often requires you to show basic numerical aptitude to perform calculations involving fractions, percentages, ratios, and conversions.

Since the SHL score is comparative, the scores are distributed in the bell-curve style. Only those candidates whose assessment scores are in the highest percentile of the curve will move on to the next stage of the recruitment process.

How to Successfully Pass Your SHL Numerical Reasoning Test

Because your test score will be compared to a predetermined median score, including the scores of other candidates, it is crucial to receive a higher-than-average score. Scoring higher than the scores that your score will be compared to will help set you apart from the crowd. Because the SHL family of assessments are known to be difficult, it is best to allow yourself ample time to study prior to test day.  

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