What is the Numerical Comprehension Test?
This numeracy test, the numerical comprehension test, is designed to assess an individual’s aptitude for working with numbers; that is, their ability to extract key numerical information and data trends from charts and tables with the aid of a calculator.
During this skills test, candidates are presented with a variety of question styles— including true or false statements and multiple choice – which they must answer in an effort to display their numeracy skills to current and potential employers. At all levels, data interpretation skills are required - candidates will need to review data, make predictions and perform mathematical calculations from the data presented. At the Core and Professional levels, the complexity of the data is increased from that which can be expected from Fundamental, and attention to detail will become much more critical to calculations.
General arithmetic, percentages, averages and fractions are all common elements of a numeracy skills test, but the main focus of this numerical comprehension test in particular is realistic problem solving and statistical data. Questions give applicants hypothetical situations to answer, for example asking them to evaluate the productivity of two different branches of a company based on a graph, with the help of a calculator. This kind of question measures how successfully a candidate can apply numerical comprehension in a realistic context. In short, our numerical comprehension tests go beyond a simple assessment of numeracy, but aim to assess a candidate's overall business aptitude, maths practice and workplace competence.
Candidates are presented with 15 numeracy questions to complete in 15 minutes. The candidate’s answers are automatically marked and a point is awarded for each correctly completed question. Skipped questions, practice questions or those that are not taken will result in no point being awarded.