This preparation guide helps you to prepare for numerical aptitude assessments. It provides guidance on how best to approach the assessment, allowing you to give your best possible performance.
Why are Aptitude Assessments used?
Employers often use aptitude assessments as part of their assessment procedures for the selection and development of staff. Research has shown that they are powerful predictors of performance at work.
Assessments help you to:
- demonstrate your strengths - be assessed fairly on job relevant criteria - find out more about your strengths and development needs - make future career decisions based on your abilities
Assessments help employers to:
- select people best suited to the demands of the job - identify areas where individuals might benefit from further development - obtain objective information about people’s abilities
On the following pages are some practice questions which are similar to those you will be asked in the assessment. Completing these will help you understand the types of questions used and gain experience in taking ability tests. These questions are designed to assess your ability to understand numerical information. You will be presented with a series of tables and graphs, each followed by several questions. Your task is to choose the best answer to each question from the options given. Have a pen and paper to hand to indicate your answers and make notes. You may use a calculator. The actual test is strictly timed. Try to complete each set of 4 questions within 3 minutes.
Turn to page 2 and begin.
Practice Questions 1 - 4
ANNUAL SALES REPORT
CHANNEL Volume of Sales (Millions of Units) Average Number of Units Purchased per Transaction Percentage of Transactions by Repeat Customers
Retail Outlets On-Line Mail Order Telephone
4,380 2,232 1,512 972
365 155 2,100 270
60% 23% 72% 35%
What was the total volume of sales (in millions) for On-Line, Mail Order and Telephone channels combined? A 2,525 B 4,716 C 7,241 D 9,096
If On-Line sales volume increases by 14% next year, what will be the approximate volume (in million units)? A 312 B 2,232 C 2,246 D 2,544
The On-Line sales channel had the lowest proportion of transactions by repeat customers during the year. A True B False C Not possible to say
How many Mail Order transactions were made during the year? A 7,200 B 72,000 C 720,000 D 7,200,000
Answer Section Page 2
A 1 B C D 2 A B C D 3 A B C 4 A B C D
Practice Questions 5 - 8
Steel Production and Consumption
18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8
Tonnage (in millions)
Tonnage (in millions)
5 4 3 2 1 0
In Year 4, approximately what tonnage of steel (in millions) was used by the automotive industry if it represented 15% of domestic demand? A 0.60 B 0.75 C 1.65 D 2.25
What was the ratio of domestic production to imports in Year 4? A 2:1 B 3:1 C 1:1 D 1:3
Approximately what percentage of domestic demand was met by imported steel in Year 2? A 11% B 15% C 19% D 23%
By what percentage did total imports increase from Year 1 to Year 5? A 100% B 150% C 200% D 300%
Answer Section Page 3
A 5 B C D 6 A B C D 7 A B C D 8 A B C D
Try to answer any questions you did not reach in the time limit before checking your answers.
Checking your Answers
Check your answers against the correct answers at the bottom of this page. Look at any questions you got wrong and try to understand how to arrive at the correct answer. Keep in mind that most ability assessments are designed so that the questions gradually increase in difficulty and that people typically do not complete all of the questions within the time limit. If you took much longer than 6...