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Test Time  12 min 
Questions  9 
Pass Score  8 

Most of SHL's numerical reasoning questions are in a charts and tables format, so familiarising yourself with them and learning to interpret them fast is crucial for your success. We advise that you practise this type of question until you dream about it at night.
Each practice question below is followed by a thorough explanation regarding the correct answer, as well as tips for solving questions of this type, so go slow to take it all in.
But first some basics.
For example: the revenues in July. Cross July, on the months' axis with its revenue, on the revenues' axis.
NOTE: When dealing with twoaxes charts you should be aware of: Time elements (days, months, years etc.) that will mostly appear on the horizontal ("X") axis, and Quantity elements that will mostly appear on the vertical ("Y") axis.
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If in 2009 13.7% of earned dividends were paid to shareholders before the financial statement was made, approximately what was the original income from dividends if the proceeds from sales were 4.7 million that year?
A. £5.3m
B. £5.79m
C. £6.03m
D. £6.14m
E. £11.71m
The correct answer is (D)  £6.14m.
The following equation appears under the graph: Cash Flow from investments = Proceeds from sales + Dividends earned.
Company earnings are either reinvested or paid to stockholders.
Dividends are payments made by a corporation to its shareholder members.
First, find the correct value of investments in the graph. The value in 2009 was 10 million.
You can then subtract the portion belonging to proceeds from sales according to the formula given below the graph: 10 – 4.7 = 5.3.
To find the original income from dividends, all you need to do is divide 5.3 by the remaining percentage:
100%  13.7% = 86.3% = 0.863
5.3/0.863 = 6.14
What was the total number of European large family cars sold in 2004?
A. 400,000
B. 1,000,000
C. 1,200,000
D. 2,000,000
E. 2,200,000
The correct answer is (E)  2.2 million.
The graph presents the number of vessels carrying sold vehicles (minivans and SUVs) and not the number of sold vehicles.
As can be seen from the 2004 column in the graph, there were 20 × 100 vessels of sold minivans = 2,000 and the same number of vessels of sold SUVs (20 x 100 = 2,000 vessels).
500 minivans fit into one vessel. Therefore,
The number of minivans soled = 500 × 2,000 = 1,000,000.
600 SUVs fit into one vessel. Therefore,
The number of SUVs soled = 600 × 2,000 = 1,200,000.
Adding the number of large family cars sold in 2004 results in a total of 1,000,000 + 1,200,000 = 2,200,000 = 2.2 million.
What is the ratio of the number of students who visit the Louvre museum to the number of Adults who visit Madame Tussaud's (approximately)?
A. 103:171
B. 104:143
C. 105:169
D. 101:159
E. 106:163
The correct answer is (C) – 105 : 169.
According to the table:
Students who visit the Louvre: 45% out of 4200 = 1,890.
Adults who visit the Madam Tussauds: 78% out of 3,900 = 3,042.
The ratio is: 1890 : 3,042.
Since you don't have this possibility in the answeroptions, you will have to divide this ratio by a common denominator. When adding up the digits of each ratio number, you will see that 1,890 adds up to 18 and that 3,042 adds up to 9. This means that both numbers can surely be divided by a common denominator of 9:
210 : 338.
As can be seen, this ratio can further be divided by 2 to arrive at the correct answer:
105 : 169
(In other words, both numbers' (1,890 and 3,042) greatest common denominator equals 18).
If the total costs of Baredtype products were reduced by 0.7% and the sale prices of Calirtype products were increased by 0.3%, what would be the approximate profits from selling 350 units of each Calirtype product and 270 of each Baredtype product?
A. 1.277 million pounds
B. 1.173 million pounds
C. 1.336 million pounds
D. 0.867 million pounds
E. 1.272 million pounds
The correct answer is (A)  1.277 million pounds.
Step 1:
Calculate the new costs of Baredtype products, as well as the new prices of Calirtype products (be aware not to confuse 0.7% with 7% and 0.3% with 3%):
Cost of Bared 120: (236+37+95)*(10.007) = £365.424
Cost of Bared 260: (268+37+96)* (10.007) = £398.193
Cost of Bared 450: (320+38+130)* (10.007) = £484.584
Price of Calir XC: 1,734*(1+0.003) = £1,739.202
Price of Calir XR: 2,326*(1+0.003) = £2,332.978
Step 2:
Find the profit gained from selling one unit of each product.
Profit from one unit of Bared 120: 792365.424 = £426.576
Profit from one unit of Bared 260: 797398.193 = £398.807
Profit from one unit of Bared 450: 987484.584 = £502.416
Profit from one unit of Calir XC: 1,739.202(408+56+240) = £1,035.202
Profit from one unit of Calir XR: 2,332.978(432+57+256) = £1,587.978
Finally,
Calculate the total approximate profit:
(270*426.576)+(270*398.807)+(270*502.416)+(350*1,035.202)+(350*1,587.978)
Tip: in order to simplify the calculation, pull out the common factors:
[270*(426.576+398.807+502.416)]+[350*(1,035.202+1,587.978)] = 1,276,618.73 ≈ 1.277 million
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Use CEEC Answering technique: Calculation/ Estimation/ Elimination/ Combination:
You can see CEEC in action, implemented on example questions below:
In which age range is the total number of entrances to social networking websites the second highest?
A. 1319
B. 2029
C. 3039
D. 4049
E. 5059
The correct answer is (B): 2029
In this case, in order to solve the question quickly and correctly, use the combination of calculation and estimation:
Using calculation – adding the total numbers of entrance to social networks, you get (in millions):
Ages 1319: 5.1 + 5.5 = 10.6
Ages 2029: 6.3 + 6.7 = 13
Ages 3039: 8.5 + 4.9 = 13.4
Using estimation  you can see that there is no need to calculate the sum of the other two age ranges because we can see that their numbers are far smaller.
Therefore, the second highest total number of entrances belongs to ages 2029.
Which brewery produced the least in 2004?
A. Uxbridge, UK
B. Malmo, Sweden
C. Torino, Italy
D. Ottawa, Canada
E. Canberra, Australia
The correct answer is (D): Ottawa, Canada.
Here are some of the CEEC techniques used to solve the question:
Using calculation only:
In order to determine which brewery produced the least in 2004, you need to use the 2005 Monthly Output ad the Total Output as a Percentage of 2004.
Since you are not told otherwise, you can assume the monthly output for any brewery is the same throughout the year, which means the brewery with the smallest monthly output will also be the one with the smallest yearly output.
From this you can create the following equation:
Monthly Output 2005 = Monthly Output in 2004 X Total Output as a Percentage of 2004
This equation can be converted to:
Monthly Output in 2004 = Monthly Output in 2005 / Total Output as a Percentage of 2004
Using the equation, you can find the monthly output for each brewery (since the data for each is in thousands of liters, you can omit the thousands from the calculation):
Uxbridge, UK: 12,000 / 120% = 12,000 / 1.2 = 10,000
Malmo, Sweden: 1,200 / 90% = 1,200 / 0.9 = 1,333.33
Torino, Italy: 8,000 / 70% = 8,000 / 0.07 = 11,428.57
Ottawa, Canada: 1,000 / 80% = 1,000 / 0.8 = 1,250
Canberra, Australia: 4,500 / 110% = 4,500 / 1.1 – 4,090.91
Therefore, the answer is Ottawa, Canada.
                                  
Using a Combination of Estimation & Elimination:
Shortcut: You can time by using estimation to eliminate some of the answer options.
For the 2004 output to be low, the 2005 output should be as low as possible and the Total Output as a Percentage of 2004 should be as high as possible.
Malmo and Ottawa’s low outputs stand out (with a fair Total Output as a Percentage of 2004).
Therefore, you can eliminate all other options.
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Answering SHL numerical reasoning questions often requires you to demonstrate basic numerical aptitude and to perform calculations involving fractions, percentages, ratios, exponents, conversions etc. Therefore, assimilating the following tips might serve you greatly in your preparation process:
The use of a calculator on SHL's numerical tests is not always allowed. It is highly recommended to find out whether its use is permitted or not and prepare for the test accordingly;
At the start of your test, you should check whether moving backwards and forwards through the questions is possible/permitted.
SHL's numerical tests have a time limit upon completion of the entire test. Learn how to manage your time per question, within that time limit.
On SHL's numerical tests Don't leave questions unanswered. You can find tips for making educated guesses (such as estimation and elimination of answers) on the Solving Strategies and techniques section below.
SHL's numerical questions are multiplechoice with five answeroptions per question, on average and only one correct answer. Choose your answers wisely.
The SHL scoring system is comparative meaning that your test score is based upon comparing your performance to those of the other candidates who took the test. This competitionlike scoring system should inspire you to perform well above average on your test. You can read about SHL Scoring in more detail here.
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