getting increasingly difficult, the practice questions cover the full
range of numerical reasoning ability.
The initial questions involve only the most basic mathematical
operations – for example, how to use subtraction, addition, mul-
tiplication and division. These are followed by increasingly
complex questions using ratios, decimal points, fractions and
percentages. At the next level, the practice questions involve
more complex features, such as the conversion of measurements
between different systems (e.g. changing pounds sterling into
another currency).The graduate-level practice questions require
the interpretation of statistical data shown in charts and on
graphs.The final numeracy practice questions, targeted at senior
managers, involve the analysis of complex financial data.
Remember, you are not about to sit
an A-level Maths test. Areas such as
complex algebra and the use of
mathematical formulae are not
included in any of the practice ques-
tions. The more esoteric mathematical operations, such as
powers, square roots, prime numbers and probabilities, will also
be avoided as they rarely appear in numeracy tests.
Most of the test questions will be multiple choice. Don’t be
fooled into thinking this makes them easier. Having written
many numeracy tests myself I can assure you that is not the case.
The answer options are designed to be deliberately tricky and to
catch out any sloppy errors.
Remember: multiple choice does not
mean multiple guess. If you want to
pass, you need to be able to work out
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remember, you are not
about to sit an A-level
multiple choice does not
mean multiple guess
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