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The SHL Numerical Reasoning test is designed to evaluate the ability of candidates to work with numbers and use maths. The test consists of word problems, numerical calculations, and charts and graphs. It comes in three versions: CEB Verify, Verify G+ NonInteractive and Verify G+ Interactive, which differ in their question types, difficulty, and time limits.
SHL's Numerical Reasoning tests have three main versions that are being used in 2021. These are: CEB Verify Numerical, Verify G+ Numerical Interactive, and Verify G+ Noninteractive.
Below, you'll see an overview of the tests, alongside sample questions with full explanations.
Number of questions: 10
Time limit: 18 minutes
Unique instructions: the instructions will specifically say “…an activitybased test that allows you to drag, drop, and interact…”
The Verify Interactive Numerical Reasoning test is one of SHL’s new assessments. While it’s much more engaging for candidates, it is also more complex and takes longer to solve.
That’s because you have to consume long instructions, analyse data, make calculations, and finally tweak and interact with graphs, charts, and pies.
(All of that in less than 2 minutes per question)
Let’s see it in action:
The number of new employees:
Question:
Arrange the number of new employees and their sales percentages in the development departments across 3 years.
Explanation:
Note: For bar chart questions, the overall value cannot be lower than the lowest value on the Yaxis.
The question presents you with five statements regarding two departments: Sales and Development. The number of new employees changes across a 3year period.
According to the first statement, over the last three years, the number of new employees in the sales department doubled each year. According to the first part of the second statement, in Year 2, there were 2,400 new employees in the sales department. Therefore, you can calculate the number of employees in the sales department across the 3years period:
No. of new employees in Sales 

Year 1 
2,400/2 = 1,200 
Year 2 
2,400 
Year 3 
2,400*2 = 4,800 
According to the third statement, in Year 1, there were 5,000 new employees in both departments. As calculated above, 1,200 new employees were in the sales department, then 5,000 – 1,200 = 3,800 new employees were in the development department.
According to the second part of the second statement, the 2,400 new employees in the sales department equals 25% of the total new employees in the development department. Therefore, to calculate the number of new employees in the development department in Year 2, use the Rule of 3. To use the Rule of 3, three known values are needed: two that are proportional to one another and a third. From there, you can figure out the fourth unknown value (Usually named X). The formula of the Rule of 3 is:
In this case, 2,400 new employees in the sales department equals 25% of the number of new employees in the development department, which is 100%. Therefore,
25% > 2,400
100% > X
X = 100*2,400 / 25 = 4*2,400 = 9,600 – The number of new employees in the development department in Year 2
Another way to look at this data is knowing that 25% is a quarter (1/4), which means that the number of new employees in the Sales department is a quarter of the number of new employees in the Development department. Therefore, the number of employees in the Development department is 4 times the number of new employees in the Sales department. Hence, the number of new employees in the Development department is 2,400 * 4 = 9,600
According to statements four and five, in year 3, the development department employed 55% more new employees than the new employees numbered in the CS department, which had 1,200 new employees. That means that the development department was 155% of the CS department's number of new employees. To find the number of new employees in the development department in year 3, use the formula:
Part = % * Total / 100
In this case, Part is the number of new employees in the development department, % = 155 and Total = 1,200. Therefore,
The number of new employees in the development department = 155 * 1,200 / 100 = 186,000 / 100 = 1,860
Now, you are required to calculate the percentage of new employees in the sales and development departments in each year, based on their numbers, as calculated in previous steps.
No. of new employees in Sales 
No. of new employees in Development 
Total number of new employees 

Year 1 
1,200 
3,800 
5,000 
Year 2 
2,400 
9,600 
12,000 
Year 3 
4,800 
1,860 
6,660 
To calculate the percentage of new employees in the sales and development departments in each year, use the following formula:
% = (Part/Total) * 100
% of new employees in Sales 
% of new employees in Development 
Total % of new employees 

Year 1 
1,200/5,000 * 100 = 24% 
100%  24% = 76% 
5,000 = 100% 
Year 2 
2,400/12,000 * 100 = 20% 
100%  20% = 80% 
12,000 = 100% 
Year 3 
4,800/6,660 * 100 = 72% 
100%  72% = 28% 
6,660 = 100% 
Calculators are usually not allowed on the SHL Numerical tests, and you must rely on your mental maths skills and quick calculations on paper. Nevertheless, your specific test instructions will clearly say what is allowed to use before you start your assessment.
Number of questions: 16
Time limit: 20 minutes
Unique guidelines: “After each question, there are four or five response options.” And “Click on the answer…” indicates it’s not an interactive assessment.
The Verify NonInteractive Numerical reasoning test is a classic multiplechoice assessment. Here, you usually face tables, graphs, or charts with some data on them, and you need to choose the correct answer. No interactions, tweaking, or games.
And that’s also the reason you have less time to solve every question  about 75 seconds per each.
Take a look at this example:
The correct answer is (D)  Months 4 and 5
To determine the rate of increase or decrease between two values, use this formula:
(New value  Old value)/Old value
Notice! In this case, the sign (negative or positive) only indicates a decrease or an increase respectively, and does not affect the number's value:
* A result of a negative sign indicates a decrease.
* A result of a positive sign indicates an increase.
Therefore, the rate of increase or decrease between two months will be calculated as:
(Mileage in current month – Mileage in previous month) / Mileage in previous month
Between months 1 and 2: (3,256 ― 2,675) / 2,675 = 0.217 = 21.7%  between months 1 and 2 there was an increase of 21.7%.
Between months 2 and 3: (1,890 ― 3,256) / 3,256 = 0.419 = 41.9%  between months 2 and 3 there was a decrease of 41.9%.
Between months 3 and 4: (3,892 ― 1,890) / 1,890 = 1.059 = 105.9%  between months 3 and 4 there was an increase of 105.9%.
Between months 4 and 5: (3,401 ― 3,892) / 3,892 = 0.126 = 12.6%  between months 4 and 5 there was a decrease of 12.6%.
Since the question asks for the smallest increase OR decrease (without differentiating an increase from a decrease), you can ignore the negative signs where they appear and relates to all values as absolute values:
12.6% < 21.7% < 41.9% < 105.9%
As can be seen, 12.6% is the smallest value.
Number of questions: 18
Time limit: 25 minutes
The SHL CEB Numerical Reasoning test is much easier to identify because you’ll see CEB’s logo in the top left corner of the instructions screen. This is the only version in which you’ll see the logo.
The CEB Numerical test is increasingly becoming obsolete, but several companies still use it so there’s a chance you’ll get this version.
Let’s take a look at a sample currency question:
How many GBP can be purchased for 7500 CAD?
7500 CAD*0.6369=4776.75 GBP.
This means you can buy 4776 GBP with 7500 CAD since you don't quite have enough CAD to buy 4777 GBP.
The most challenging elements of the SHL Numerical Reasoning test are the time frame and the information overload that some questions present. You’ll often have little more than 60 seconds to answer every question, and for some, a slight misreading of a question will cause you to lose marks.
Which leads us to the next part…
On the official assessment email, SHL invites you to try sample numerical reasoning questions using its practice site, SHL Direct.
But there are three problems with that:
#1 They don’t tell you which version to practise (you’ve already learned there are three different versions).
#2 You don’t get to see what questions you got wrong, nor you get any solutions or explanations (yes, that’s frustrating).
#3 The practice tests don’t include the wide variety of questions you’ll see on the real test. Additionally, the difficulty level on the practice material is easier. In fact, SHL says on their site that the “difficulty level of the practice tests may not exactly reflect the level of difficulty of the test you will be asked to complete.”
Or in other words: Don’t count on these practice tests to accurately reflect the real deal and expect to see much more challenging questions.
So, now you understand why relying only on the SHL Direct practice tests is not enough.
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The SHL Numerical test is sent to candidates either as a standalone test or as part of the larger SHL General Ability test (also including, Inductive and Deductive sections).
Now, the assessment invitation you get from SHL is one of the vaguest parts of your hiring process.
Your test invitation will include the assessment’s name, the overall time limit, and what you’re allowed to use (i.e., pen and paper).
That said, this email won’t reveal which of the three versions you’ll be taking and what you’re up against. For example, you won’t be able to distinguish if you got the interactive version or the noninteractive one.
For that, you’ll need to click on the assessment’s link and read the assessment’s intro and instructions.
(don’t worry, clicking on the link won’t start the test)
In the next screen, you’ll see three details that will help uncover the test you’re about to take.
Use the overview of the different tests above to uncover the test version you’re going to take.
Identifying which SHL Numerical test version you’ll be taking is key, because it impacts your whole practice process. That said, don’t worry if you can’t detect your version, since we got you covered with a complete preparation pack for all three tests mentioned above.
Once you complete the SHL Numerical assessment, you’ll receive a “Candidate Assessment Report” that includes both feedback and scoring.
Note that the SHL Numerical Reasoning test scores are comparative.
This means that your scores are being compared to a large group of candidates who took these tests in the past (graduates/interns/seniors, etc.).
There are five percentile scores, from A to E, and your score will be placed in one of them, as you can see in this illustration:
The higher you score, the closer you’ll be to group “A”, meaning chances are high that you’ve passed the test.
Generally, it’s safe to say that the pass mark is around 80%, and in this case, it’s group “B” and above.
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