**Numerical ability** questions test your ability to perform tasks
involving numbers. The questions range from **simple arithmetic
operations** like addition, subtraction, multiplication or division
to questions about **number sequences**. The test may also include
applied mathematical questions mirroring on the job situations.
Some tests incorporate **data interpretation** questions which test
your ability to understand and interpret numerical information
presented as tables, diagrams, and graphs.

The duration of any numerical ability test you are asked to take
will depend on several factors including how many other tests you
are taking on the day. However, most tests last about 30-40
minutes and have about 30-40 questions.

The sample numerical ability questions available here are split
into four separate downloads. This is because these are practice
papers which are designed to help you practice answering
questions. They do not represent ‘real’ tests in the sense that
any tests you are given will have questions of different types and
fewer questions of each type .

**Sample Numerical Ability Questions - Computation**

These sample questions involve the basic principles of arithmetic
like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They also
use mathematical terms and methods such as percentages, ratios,
fractions and decimals. To score well on these questions you will
simply need to make quick and accurate calculations.

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**Sample Numerical Ability Questions - Estimation
**These sample questions require you to make quick estimates of
the answers to fairly straightforward numerical questions.
Numerical estimation is key in many technical jobs where you need
to quickly and accurately make estimates of material quantities
etc. It is important to remember that you do not have time to
actually calculate these answers because this will take up too
much time and prevent you from answering enough questions to get a
good score. Remember, to score well on these questions you will
need to make quick approximations of the answer and avoid the trap
of working out the answer exactly.

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**Sample Numerical Ability Questions - Reasoning
**In these sample questions, the emphasis is on your reasoning
ability rather than your ability to do calculations. In other
words, you need to work out how to get the answer rather than
simply being told what calculations to apply. Numerical reasoning
questions invariably include some number series questions where
you need to work out which number or numbers are missing from the
series. They also include text based questions where a
mathematical problem is posed in words and your task is to apply
the appropriate logic to answer the question.

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**Sample Numerical Ability Questions – Data Interpretation
**In these sample questions, you need to interpret data
presented in tables, graphs and charts. If you are applying for a
job which involves the analysis of data, or one where you need to
make decisions based on numerical data then you can expect to have
to answer this type of question. The questions will often use very
specific illustrations, for example the question may present
financial data or use information technology jargon. However, an
understanding of these areas is not required to answer the
question.

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