If you are going to sit an **aptitude test** as part of the
job selection process then it will almost certainly include a
numeric reasoning test. Numeric reasoning questions are invariably
multiple-choice and strictly timed. You will not usually be
allowed to use a calculator unless this is expressly stated in the
question. These questions can be classified into four types:

**Numeric Reasoning - Computation
** These questions test your ability to use decimals, percentages,
ratios, roots, fractions, powers and exponents. These questions
make no attempt to test your reasoning abilities. The method you
need to get the correct answer will be obvious and to score well
on these questions you will simply need to make quick and accurate
calculations.

**Numeric Reasoning-Critical Reasoning**

These types of question are very commonly used in graduate and
managerial selection. Information is provided that requires you to
interpret it and then apply the appropriate logic to answer the
questions. Sometimes the questions are designed to approximate the
type of reasoning required in the workplace and you will need to
work out how to get the answer rather than simply being told what
calculations to apply.

**Numeric Reasoning - Data interpretation
**The ability to interpret data presented in tables, graphs and
charts is a common requirement in many management and professional
jobs. If you are applying for a job which involves analysis of or
decision-making based on numerical data then you can expect to
answer this type of question.

**Numeric Reasoning- Estimation
**These questions test your ability to make quick estimates of
the answers to fairly straightforward numeric questions. To score
well on these questions you will need to make quick approximations
of the answer. Numeric estimation is key in many craft and
technical jobs where the ability to quickly and accurately
estimate material quantities is essential.

The proportion of numeric reasoning questions you will be
expected to answer will depend on the job you are applying for.
Obviously, if the job involves dealing with figures on a
day-to-day basis then you can expect the proportion of these
questions to be quite high. This will include includes a wide
range of jobs such as those dealing with money, buying, selling,
processing invoices, processing orders, administration,
engineering, science, statistics and numerical analysis of any
sort. However, even if figure work does not form a substantial
part of the job, you will probably still have to answer questions
of this type as most employers want some indication of your level
of numeracy.

**Download sample numeric reasoning tests**.

Preparation plays a large part in determining your level of success, and these sample questions should help you to face a test with increased confidence.

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