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Tips for preparation for Numerical Reasoning Test

Tips on how to answer Numerical Reasoning Questions

Below are some tips on how to answer numerical reasoning questions correctly, do try to read through as the tips are very effective  whenever you are taking a numerical reasoning exam/test.

  1. Calculate how much time you have to answer each question.
  • If you have 20 min to answer 30 questions, multiply 20 min by 60(to get how many seconds you have). 20 x 60=1200 seconds
  • Then divide the seconds(1200) by the number of questions(30) . 1200/30 = 40 seconds. Therefore, you have 40 seconds to answer each questions.
  1. In the case of having charts/graphs in a test:
  • First read the title of the information(BAR/CHART) given to you.
  • Now read the questions, and strictly adhere to the instructions given to you in each questions.
  • Dissect the information only needed to get your answer.
  1. Do not guess, especially when running out of time, because a lot of assessors will mark for correct answers, not just your speed.
  2. Learn the percentage(%)  calculations, fast
  • If you are given a question as follows: 30% X 400, just cancel the last zeros(0), accompanying each figure, you get 3 x 40 = 120, which is the correct answer.
  • In a case of having figures that are not multiples of 10. For example: 30% x 81, cancel the zero from 30% and move the decimal point one place to the left in 81, so you have 3 x 8.1=24.3.
  • Another case, 90% x 97, cancel out the zero in 90% and move the decimal point one place to the left in 97, so you have 9 x 9.7=87.3.
  1. Learn the Times table, accurately.
  2. If you skip a question, do leave a space on the answer sheet to enable you revisit that question if you have enough time left.
  3. Make sure you know how to use a calculator, in case you are required to use them in the test/exam.


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