Numerical reasoning is your ability to analyze, interpret and draw logical conclusions from statistical data presented in tables and graphs. Remember, it isn’t like a math test; it relies on problem-solving and effective analysis skills rather than your ability to revise and memorize. Surely, this is not great news for those who have dark memories of complex math questions including trigonometry, algebra and—the cursed—probabilities.
The good news is that you can significantly improve your numerical reasoning skills with the right training. What this means is that with intensive study material and the right strategies, you can ace your numerical reasoning test!
Here are some tips from our instructors:
Read the Exam Questions Carefully
You’ll be surprised to know how often people start answering by looking at the statistical data in the question without focusing on the actual question. The correct strategy is to first read the question with a present mind, go through the data and then constantly seesaw back and forth between the data and the question.
It’s easy to get caught up in the information on the charts and graphs—that’s irrelevant to the answer—if you don’t read the question properly. You may fail to recognize the units correctly or end up making assumptions about the data’s implied meaning.
Don’t Underestimate Calculator Skills
Make sure you take your own calculator to the exam and are absolutely familiar with the functions and keys layouts; avoid basic entry mistakes. It’s worth getting used to memory functions and the practice of including brackets in your calculations.
Manage Your Time
When you take numerical reasoning tests, keep in mind that you’re not only tested on the number of questions you get right but also on how long you take to answer questions.
Questions aren’t in order of difficulty, so if you’re unable to answer a question, move to the next one. Flag the tougher questions and come back to them when you have time at the end.
Practice, Practice, Practice
This is truly what separates unsuccessful candidates from successful ones. You need to get a grip of the test layout and the type of questions you’ll face. Practicing will give you a sense of confidence, lower your stress levels, consequently allow you to answer each question faster.
What’s more, advanced questions will likely contain ‘distracters’ that you need to get used to identifying and navigating through practice. This maximizes your chance of success by twofold!