Numerical ReasoningPsychological tests of numerical ability come in all shapes and sizes.  The right numerical ability test for the need is likely to be based on level of numerical ability and complexity required. 

Some numerical tests are suitable for entry level staff, while others would only be suitable for management or senior finance personnel.

Numerical Reasoning tests vary greatly in their complexityNumerical reasoning tests are most often timed and depending on the test may require high level learnt numerical knowledge, such as statistics, versus other tests may measure only basic comfort level with numbers.

We are happy to make a recommendation on the right numerical test for your need, however we also provide an outline of some of the numerical ability tests available. 

The following numerical tests generally increase in difficulty going down the lists.

 
Name of Test
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Suitable for:
Supervised Numerical Reasoning Tests Available
GRT2 - General Numerical Ability Test Clerical, sales and first-level supervisors
EAS2 – Numerical Ability Test Operations, clerical or production
MOST - Numerical Awareness Ability Test Clerks, cashiers, clerical
MOST - Numerical Estimation Ability Test Clerical, customer, techincal
NC2.1 or NC2.2 –Interpreting Data Ability Tests Administrative, supervisory and junior management
GRT1 - Graduate Numerical Reasoning Test Technical staff, graduates and managers
EAS6 – Numerical Reasoning Ability Test All levels - norms for each
CRTB2 – Numerical Critical Reasoning Ability Test Graduates to Managers
ACER Professional Numerical Ability Tests Professionals and Managers
NMG2 or NMG4 - Numerical Critical Reasoning Ability Tests Graduates to Managers
NMT2 – Numerical Reasoning Ability Test Middle to Senior Managers
NMT4 – Numerical Analysis Ability Test Middle to Senior Managers
Unsupervised Numerical Reasoning Tests Available
Verify Numerical Reasoning Ability Tests - Lower level Supervisory and Operational
Verify Numerical Reasoning Ability Tests - Higher level Graduate, Professionals and Managers
Global Numerical Ability Test Professionals and Managers

Supervised Numerical Ability & Reasoning Tests

GRT2 – General Reasoning Numerical Ability

  • 8 minutes in length.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online administration only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to use numbers efficiently in clerical and administrative contexts.
  • This ability test assesses the ability to perform such tasks as calculating travelling expenses, working out the unit pricing of goods etc.
  • Suitable for clerical, sales and first-level supervisors.

GRT1 - Graduate Reasoning Numerical Ability Test

  • 10 minutes in length.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online administration only.
  • Measures the ability to use numbers in a logical, efficient way. This assessment is appropriate for all jobs which require a fair level of numerical ability.
  • Suitable for technical, graduates and managers.

EAS2 – Numerical Ability Test

  • 10 minutes in length.
  • 74 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online and paper based versions of the test.
  • Measures the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  • The ability test has three parts.
  • Part I measures facility in working with integers.
  • Part II measures facility with decimals.
  • Part III measures facility with common fractions.

MOST - Numerical Awareness Ability Test

  • 8 minutes in length.
  • 36 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based versions of the test only.
  • This ability test is designed to test arithmetical skills.
  • The test requires both the detection of computational errors and their correction. 
  • The skills this test measures include addition, multiplication, division, subtraction, fractions, and understanding percentages.
  • The secondary purpose of the test is to identify those who will be able to recognise errors caused by mis-punching on calculators.
  • Suitable for those occupations where simple calculations are involved, such as accounts clerks, bank clerks, stock controllers, cashiers etc.

MOST - Numerical Estimation Ability Test

  • 12 minutes in length.
  • 40 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based versions of the test only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to make quick and rough approximations to complex calculations.
  • This ability test is applicable for assessment in any occupation where customers may be offered quick estimates, where planning of quantities is necessary or where staff need to be able to spot errors in complex calculations.

NC2.1 or NC2.2 –Interpreting Data Ability Tests

  • 30 minutes in length.
  • 40 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online and paper based versions of the test, though the paper based are being phased out.
  • This numerical ability test assesses speed and accuracy in interpreting trends and inference in numerical information. This ability test is appropriate for any role where the logical analysis of numerical information is required.
  • Most often used at the administrative, supervisory and junior management levels, the test has only business norms.

EAS6 – Numerical Reasoning Ability Test

  • 5 minutes in length.
  • 20 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online and paper based versions of the test.
  • Measures the ability to analyse logical numerical relationships and to discover underlying principles.
  • Each item consists of a series of numbers, the task is to select the next number in the series from 5 alternatives.
  • Helpful in understanding comfort level with numbers, even in roles where there is not a higher level of numerical ability needed.
  • Niche Consulting has developed extensive NZ business norms for this test, in addition to the test publisher's norms.

CRTB2 – Numerical Critical Reasoning Ability Test

  • 30 minutes in length.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online administration only.
  • Measures the ability to understand and critically evaluate a wide range of numerical information presented in tabular form, and accurately use this information in a logical way.

ACER Professional Numerical Ability Tests

  • 20 minutes in length.
  • 29 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based versions of the test, only.
  • This numerical ability test measures ability with working out problems involving sequences, arithmetic reasoning, and number matrices.
  • Suitable for professional positions such as managers, engineers and marketing professionals

NMG2 or NMG4 - Numerical Critical Reasoning Ability Tests

  • 35 minutes in length.
  • 35 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online and paper based versions of the test, though the paper based are being phased out.
  • This numerical ability test measures the ability to make correct decisions or inferences from numerical data. The tasks set and data presented are highly relevant to a range of management level jobs. 
  • Candidates may use a calculator, which further increases the relevance of the setting, and puts the emphasis clearly on understanding and evaluation, rather than computation.
  • Most often used at the graduate to middle management level.

NMT2 – Numerical Reasoning Ability Test

  • 20 minutes in length.
  • 35 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to handle particular numerical problems set in a business context. 
  • Its main use would be to assess competence in handling numerical business data. 
  • Problem types range from straightforward arithmetic to proportions, ratios and probabilities.
  • Candidates may use a calculator.
  • Most often used at the senior management level.

NMT4 – Numerical Analysis Ability Test

  • 25 minutes in length.
  • 30 test items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Online and paper based versions of the test, though the paper based are being phased out.
  • This numerical analysis ability test measures the ability to interpret and use high level numerical data, charts, graphs, tables and statistics. 
  • This ability test is useful in assessing ability to identify trends or combine data to establish new information.
  • Candidates may use a calculator.
  • Most often used at the senior management level.

Unsupervised Numerical Ability Tests

Global Ability Tests – Numerical Reasoning Ability Test

  • 20 minutes in length.
  • 24 test items.
  • Unsupervised administration online.
  • This numerical assessment measures the ability to deal with numerical information in a variety of formats.
  • It provides an indication of how a person will perform when working with numbers, tables, bar charts, pie charts, records, analysis reports, and other data found in the workplace.
  • Suitable for graduates to management level roles.

Verify Numerical Reasoning Ability Test – Lower Level Roles

  • SHL offer a suite of unsupervised assessments that are called Verify Ability Tests. 
  • The idea behind these tests is that they can be used as an initial screening tool, and later the candidate’s results would be “verified” through a supervised shorter version of the test.
  • 17 minutes in length.
  • A rotating bank of test items is used.
  • Unsupervised administration online.
  • A calculator can be used.
  • The equivalent level of SHL supervised numerical test would be the NC2.1 or NC2.2.
  • Suitable for operational roles to junior supervisory roles.

Verify Numerical Reasoning Ability Test – Higher Level Roles

  • SHL offer a suite of unsupervised assessments that are called Verify Ability Tests. 
  • The idea behind these tests is that they can be used as an initial screening tool, and later the candidate’s results would be “verified” through a supervised shorter version of the test.
  • 25 minutes in length.
  • A rotating bank of test items is used.
  • Unsupervised administration online.
  • A calculator can be used.
  • The equivalent level of SHL supervised numerical test would be the NMG2 or NMG4.
  • Suitable for graduate to management roles.

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