# Practice Psychometric Tests: How to Familiarise Yourself with Genuine Recruitment Tests and Get the Job you Want by Shavick Andrea

Author:Shavick, Andrea [Shavick, Andrea]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
ISBN: 9781848034877
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Published: 2005-01-28T05:00:00+00:00

7 Approximately what proportion of the total amount spent per primary pupil by ‘other’ authorities is on books and equipment?

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Numerical tests – how to improve your performance

However numerical reasoning questions are presented, and at whatever level, you really do need a sound understanding of the following basic maths skills:

subtraction

multiplication

division

decimal numbers

fractions

percentages.

This is essential, especially for questions which require any sort of mental calculation. Remember that for many numerical reasoning tests, the use of a calculator is prohibited (however, take along a calculator, just in case).

Basic maths skills are all very well, but in higher level tests your ability to reason with numbers is also being tested. Here are some ways to improve your numerical reasoning ability:

♦ Learn your times-tables off by heart.

♦ Consider buying yourself a basic maths textbook and do a little bit of revision (there are lots of very good maths sites on the internet too).

♦ Practise maths with and without a calculator. Practising really does make a difference.

♦ Do number puzzles in newspapers and magazines.

♦ Keep score when playing games like darts, card games etc.

♦ Calculate how much your shopping will cost before you reach the till.

♦ Work out how much change you should receive when you pay for something.

♦ Read financial reports in newspapers.

♦ Study tables of data.

♦ Always read the questions themselves very carefully to ensure you understand exactly what it is you are being asked – don’t make any assumptions.

♦ Look at the answer choices and quickly eliminate any you know to be incorrect. Concentrate your energies on deciding between the most likely possibilities.

♦ Estimating the solution in your head before you look at the answer choices can save you a lot of time and give you confidence that you’ve chosen correctly.

♦ Numerical reasoning tests demand a high level of concentration and brain work, so treat yourself to a break every now and then. Sit up straight, shut your eyes and take a few deep breaths, just for 20 seconds or so. This will calm you down, relax your back and give your eyes and brain a well deserved rest.

♦ If you really feel that the correct solution is not included in the answer choices, take an educated guess and move on. Mistakes on numerical reasoning exam papers do crop up every now and then – occupational psychologists are only human after all!