**What are they?**

Numerical Reasoning tests are designed to assess the ability to think and reason using non-verbal patterns or numbers. Candidates are presented with information, facts, figures, number series or matrices that require a solution. The service provider will specify if a calculator is permitted to be used prior to commencing the test.

**Why is it used?**

Numerical Reasoning does not really test mathematical ability. In fact, it really only requires basic calculations. What it does test, is a persons ability to invent different types of solutions to problems without depending on language. A Numerical Reasoning test is usually less structured in approach in comparison to a Critical Thinking Test – that is, you need to come up with the problem solving strategy yourself.

A Numerical Reasoning score cannot be used to eliminate candidates going for finance or number based roles. The ability to work in a role where you apply processes to numbers is determined by overall intellectual ability (the test you score highest on out of Critical Thinking/Verbal Reasoning or Numerical Reasoning), not numerical ability on its own. As long as a person is intelligent enough to learn a process then they should be able to apply them to numbers.

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