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Basic Numeracy Test

The numeracy test is the most basic digital aptitude test and is designed to assess the testee's ability to manipulate basic mathematical concepts without the help of a calculator.


The various numerical cognition tests generally comprise the following arithmetic concepts:

Numeracy topics
PercentagesNumber series (sequences)
Basic calculation operationsProportions and ratios
FractionsProblems
Conversion of unitsEquations
Exponents (powers)Roots

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Percentages

A number is a percentage if it can be expressed as a fraction with a denominator of 100 or as a decimal. For example, a percentage of 30 percent can be expressed as following:

  • 30 %
  • 0,3
  • Basic Numeracy Test Percentage

There are a number of need-to-know percentages:

  • 100% corresponds to 1 or the entirety of the quantity in question.
  • 50% corresponds to 0.5 or half.
  • 25% corresponds to 0.25 or a quarter.

In order to calculate the percentage of a certain quantity, you must simply multiply it by the percentage, expressed as a fraction or as a decimal. For example, the method in which we calculate 30% of 80 euros is: Basic numeracy test percentage

A typical percentage question example:

48% of the 725 students are girls. The number of girls is:

  1. 348
  2. 345
  3. 378

Answer

The correct answer is answer A.
Taking 48% of a quantity is equivalent to multiplying the amount by 0.48, so:

0,48 x 725 = 348 ou Basic numeracy test percentage

Basic calculation operations

Addition

In order to add two (or more) numbers, the unit figures and the tens figures are added successively, taking into account a possible retention. The hundreds figures are then added, also taking into account any retention from the tens figures. The addition calculation is to be continued in the same manner, depending on the amount of figures in each number.

Example:

Basic Numeracy Test Percentage

In order to add decimal numbers, you must first add the decimal numbers (to the right of the comma) and then the numbers to the left of the comma.

Example:

 Basic Numeracy Test add decimal numbers

Subtraction

Example:

 Basic Numeracy Test subtraction

The multiplication

To multiply a number by 10; 100; 1,000; etc., add to the number as many zeros as the multiplier number has, or shift the comma to the right by as many digits as there are zeros in the multiplier.

Example:

25 x 10 = 250
75 x 1000 = 75000
12,25 x 10 = 122,5

To multiply a number by 5; 50; etc., divide the number by 2 and multiply the result by 10; 100; etc.

64 x 5 = (64 / 2) x 10 = 32 x 10 = 320

Therefore: to divide a number by 5; 50; etc., divide the number by 10; 100; etc., and multiply the result by 2.

64 / 5 = (64 / 10) x 2 = 6,4 x 2 = 12,8

To multiply a number by 0.05; 0.005; etc., divide the number by 2 and then divide the result by 10; 100; etc.

64 x 0,05 = (64 / 2) / 10 = 32 / 10 = 3,2

Therefore: to divide a number by 0.05; 0.005; etc., multiply the number by 2, then multiply the result by 10; 100; etc.

64 / 0,05 = (64 x 2) x 10 = 128 x 10 = 1280

To multiply a number by 25, divide it by 4 and multiply the result by 100.

32 x 25 = (32 / 4) x 100 = 800

To multiply a number by 2.5; divide it by 4 and multiply the result by 10.

32 x 2,5 = (32 / 4) x 10 = 80

Therefore: to divide a number by 25, multiply it by 4 and then divide the result by 100.

32 / 25 = (32 x 4) / 100 = 1,28

To multiply a number by 101, 1001, etc., multiply the number by 100, 1,000, etc., and add the number to the result.

25 x 101= 2500 + 25 = 2525

In order to multiply a number by 9; 99; etc., you must simply multiply the number by 10; 100; etc. (depending on the number of digits), and subtract the original number from the result.

25 x 99 = 2500 - 25 = 2475

To multiply a number by 0.20, the number is divided by 5, following which, in correlation to the rule of multiplying by 5, the number is divided by 10 and the result is then multiplied by 2.

25 x 0,20 = 2,5 x 2 = 5

The division

Division criteria
RuleExamples
A number is divisible by 5 if the number of units is 0 or 5.750/5 = 150
A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of the digits is divisible by 3.534 → 5 + 3 + 4 = 12
A number is divisible by 4 if the number formed by the last 2 digits is divisible by 4.1612, 54760,...
A number is divisible by 6 if it is divisible by 2 and 3.72/6 = 12
72/2 = 36
72/3 = 24
A number is divisible by 9 if the sum of the digits is divisible by 9.84321 → 8 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 18
A number is divisible by 10 if the number's last digit is a zero.532985920
A number is divisible by 11 if the sum of its even number subtracted from the sum of its odd number is zero or a multiple of 11.13574 :
3 + 7 = 10
- (1 + 5 + 4) = 10 - 10 = 0
So 13754 is divisible by 11.
A number is divisible by 20 if it ends in 00-20-40-60-80.380, 40348260,...
A number is divisible by 25 if it ends in 00-25-50-75.525, 89504350,...

Order of Operations

In mathematics, the order of operations is a collection of rules that reflect conventions that establish the order in which one must operate when seeking the value of a chain of operations.

The order is as follows:

  1. Parentheses (brackets) (P)
  2. Exponents (E)
  3. Multiplication and division (MD)
  4. Addition and subtraction (AS)

An easy way to remember this order is by way of the mnemonic PEMDAS.

Example:

28 – 3 (12 ÷ 4) – 4²
= 28 – 3 × 3 – 4²
= 28 – 3 × 3 – 16
= 28 – 9 – 16
= 28 – 25
= 3

Fractions

Components of a fraction

The fraction Basic Numeracy Test Fraction is composed of a numerator (a) and a denominator (b).

Equivalent Fractions

It is important to remember that there are several ways to represent the same fraction. For instance, fractions 1/2 and 2/4 are completely equivalent. How do we switch from one fraction representation to another, while maintaining equivalence?

A fraction remains equivalent if the numerator and denominator are multiplied or divided by the same number.

Example:

Basic Numeracy Test Equivalent Fractions

Basic Numeracy Test Equivalent Fractions

Simplification of fractions

A fraction can be written in simplified form if the numerator and denominator have no common factors. In other words, it is impossible to find a number that is a divisor of both the numerator and the denominator when a number is portrayed as simplified fraction.

Example

The fraction Basic Numeracy Simplification of fractions  is not written in simplified form since there are numbers that both 120 and 200 are divisible by. The largest common divisor (factor) of 120 and 200 is 40, hence: Basic Numeracy Test Simplification of fractions

Since the numerator and denominator are divisible by the same number (40), the fraction Basic Numeracy Test Simplification of fractions is equivalent to Basic Numeracy Test Simplification of fractions. In turn, Basic Numeracy Test Simplification of fractions is the simplified form of Basic Numeracy Test Simplification of fractionssince no common division factor exists between 3 and 5.

Simplification can be achieved in several steps in cases where the greatest common factor between the numerator and the denominator is not easily recognized.

Example:

Basic Numeracy Test Simplification of fractions

Fraction rules

SubjectRuleExample
Adding and subtracting fractions
Basic Numeracy Test Fraction rules

Basic Numeracy Test Fraction rules

Basic Numeracy Test Fraction rules

 The rule of addition and subtraction of fractions is only applicable if both fractions have the same denominator, which is not generally the case in numerical exams. The fractions must be converted into equivalent fractions with a common denominator.

Basic Numeracy Test Fraction rules 

These fractions cannot be added together until they have been rewritten with a common denominator. The smallest multiple common of the numbers 3 and 5 is 15. 15 will therefore be the common denominator.

Basic Numeracy Test Fraction rules

Multiplication of two fractions

Basic Numeracy Test Multiplication of two fractions

Unlike in the case of addition and subtraction, denominators do not need to be common in order to multiply fractions.

Basic Numeracy Test Multiplication of two fractions

Basic Numeracy Test Multiplication of two fractions

Division of two fractions

Basic Numeracy Test Division of two fractions

This rule allows you to transform a division exercise into multiplication form, thus allowing for an easier solution.

Basic Numeracy Test Division of two fractions example

Useful tips:

Working with fractions does not change the priority of operations.

Example:

Basic Numeracy Test Useful Tip

An integer can always be written as a fraction if an operation is to be performed between it and a fraction.

Example:

Basic Numeracy Test Useful Tip

Avoid working with mixed numbers; transform them into simple fractions instead.

Example:

Basic Numeracy Test Useful Tip

Conversion of units

Below are several tables representing the different units (length, mass, time, etc.).

Conversions by power of ten (multiples of one unit):

PrefixTeraGigaMegaKilohectocentimillinanopico
Factor101210910610310210-210-310-910-12

Length units

gigametergm109m1000 000 000 m
megameterMm10m1000 000 m
kilometrekm103m1000 m
hectometrehm10m100 m
decametredam10 m10 m
metrem1 m1m
decimetredm10-1 m0.10 m
centimetrecm10-2 m0.100 m
millimetremm10-3 m0.1000 m
micrometreµm10-6 m0.1000 000 m
nanometrenm10-9 m0.1000 000 000 m

Mass units

1 tont101000 000 g
1 kilogramkg101000 g
1 gramg1 g 1 g
1 milligrammg10-1 0.001 g
1 microgramµg10-6 0.000 001 g
1 nanogramng10-9 0.000 000 001 g

Time measurement units

1 millennium1000 years
1 century100 years
1 decade10 years
1 lustrum5 years
1 year365 days
1 week7 days
1 day24 hours
1 hour60 minutes ou 3600 seconds
1 minute60 seconds

Area units

km²hm²dam²dm²cm²mm²
1000 00010 00010010.010.00010.000001

Conversion of surface and volume units

1 mm10-3m
1 mm²10-6m
1 mm³10-9 m

Powers

Laws of powers

Reminder:

a0 = 1
a1 = a
a - 1 = 1/a
an = a × a × ... × a (n factors)
a - n = 1 / an

Tip:

To save time during a numeracy test, we recommend you memorize the following chart:

0² = 05² = 258² = 64 11² = 12114² = 196
1² = 16² = 369² = 8112² = 14415² = 225
4² = 167² = 4910² = 10013² = 16916² = 256

Number series

Number series questions are frequently used in numeracy tests. They make it possible to evaluate the candidate's ability to understand numerical logic as well as to evaluate his or her potential to complete mental calculations.

The number series may combine several basic computational operations (addition, subtraction, etc.), or correspond to certain logic using the number properties (even, odd, first,...).

The following are examples of series that may appear in numeracy tests:

General SeriesEven number series2, 4, 6, 8, 10,12,...
 Series of odd numbers1, 3, 5, 7, 9,11,13,...
 Prime numbers2, 3, 5, 7, 11 ,13,17,...
 Multiples of 3 (or any other number)3, 6, 9, 12, 15,18,...
Arithmetic sequences
a series of numbers where we move from one term to the next by always adding the same number
Continuation of reason 3 (i.e. +3)2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17,...
 Continuation of reason -3 (i.e. -3)17, 14, 11, 8, 5, 2,...
Geometric sequences
a series of numbers where we move from one term to the next by always multiplying by the same number
Continuation of reason 4 (i.e. +4)2, 8, 32, 128, 512,...
 Suite de raison -4 (i.e. -4)512, 128, 32, 8, 2,...
Series with operations between numbersAddition of the previous number1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,...
Follow-upTwo suites in one2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 9, 8, 12,10,...
Several operationsFollowing two operations (+3, x2)1, 4, 8, 11, 22, 25, 50,...
 Following three operations (+2, x3, -1)1, 3, 6, 5, 7, 21, 20,...

Proportions & Ratios

Proportions

Proportionality:In mathematics, two sets of numbers are said to be proportional when one can move from one to the other by multiplying or dividing the first by the same non-zero constant.

Rule of three or proportionality rule:This rule allows the calculation of a product from 3 given numbers, according to the following formula:

Basic Numeracy Test Rule of three or proportionality rule

A simple example:

Tomato weigh (kg)12345
Price246810

The proportionality coefficient is 2.

Example of a test question:

Carrier from "Kuehne + Nagel"   
TrucksConsumption
Number of liters per 100 km
 Number of km per day
 Container 20''Container 40'' 
Truck A2030150
Truck B1721120
Truck C1823135

How many more litres of fuel does truck B consume with the 40'' container than with the 20'' container?

  1. 4,5
  2. 3,9
  3. 4,8
  4. 5,1

Answer

The correct answer is answer C.
In order to solve the question, it is first necessary to create an equation using the rule of three, in order to determine the number of litres consumed by truck B with the 20" container in one day:

 Basic Numeracy Test Rule of three or proportionality rule Example

Truck B therefore consumes 20.4 litres of fuel per day with the 20" container.

The same calculation must then be followed out for the 40" container:

Basic Numeracy Test Rule of three or proportionality rule Example

Truck B therefore consumes 25.2 litres of fuel per day with the 40" container.
→25,2 litres - 20,4 litres = 4,8 litres

Ratios

A ratio is a quantitative relationship between two numbers that describes how many times one value may contain another. Ratios are used intuitively in everyday life, such as in cooking recipes, or to calculate the size of computer and smartphone monitors.

Conversion of the best known decimal numbers into ratios:

  1. 0.1 = 1;10 or 1 for 10
  2. 0.2 = 1;5 or 1 for 5
  3. 0.25 = 1;4 or 1 for 4
  4. 0.33 = 1;3 or 1 for 3
  5. 0.5 = 1;2 or 1 for 2$ 

Example of a simple ratio exercise that may appear in basic numeracy tests:

In an engine, an oil-to-fuel ratio of 3;100 is required. If 200 ml of gasoline is poured into the engine, how much oil should be added?

  1. 8 ml
  2. 5 ml
  3. 6 ml
  4. 15 ml

Answer

The correct answer is answer C.
In this type of exercise, you may use intuition in order to answer the question, due to the fact that it is enough to double the values in order to find the right answer. In more complicated exercises, it will be necessary to perform a certain calculation to find the correct value.

More complex example:

What is the mortality rate ratio between the 1950s and 1990s?

YearCrude birth rate (%)Crude mortality rate (%)Natural growth rate (%)
195020245
196029236
1970312110
1980381919
1990471829
  1. 2;3
  2. 4;3
  3. 5;6
  4. 2;4

Answer

The correct answer is answer B.
Answering the above question necessitates calculation in order to find the right answer. First, divide the two values of the requested mortality rates, i.e. 24/18, which is equal to 1.3333. In order to transform this fraction into a ratio (ideally, this conversation should be memorized by heart, as it is often used), the fraction must be multiplied by a certain number, in order to obtain an integer. So for this example: 1.3333 x 3 = 4, the ratio is 4:3, answer B.

Problems

A mathematical or quantitative problem is defined as a question that can be solved using the elements given in the statement. The questions generally consist of a set of information presented in various forms (text, table, drawing, etc.), and in order to be solved, require the use of mathematical concepts and/or tools.

In a numeracy test, the problem presented can usually be solved intuitively or with basic mathematical concepts as presented above.

Example:

Two trucks were driven over a distance of 1,680 kilometres (km). The first truck travelled an average of 14 km per litre of fuel during the trip and the second truck travelled an average of 12 km per litre. How many more litres of gasoline did the second truck consume than the first?

  1. 10
  2. 20
  3. 30
  4. 40
  5. It is not possible to say this with the information provided.

Answer

The correct answer is answer B.
In order to solve the problem, it is necessary to calculate the total number of litres used for each truck, and then calculate the difference between them.
Truck A : 1680/14 = 120
Truck B 1680/12 = 140
140 - 120 = 20, answer B.

Example 2:

A book is available at the local bookstore in digital version (eBook) for 5.90 Euros and paperback for 13.40 Euros. The book can also be obtained from Amazon with a 15% discount, plus 2.50 Euros for shipping costs. What is the price difference between the digital version and the paperback version ordered on Amazon?

  1. 8,14 Euros
  2. 9,83 Euros
  3. 6,99 Euros
  4. 7,45 Euros
  5. 7,99 Euros

Answer

The correct answer is answer E.
In order to calculate the price difference between the two book formats, it is first necessary to calculate the book price, whilst taking the discount and shipping costs into account.
13,40 x 15/100 = 2,01
13,40 - 2,01 + 2,50 = 13,89
13,89 - 5,90 = 7,99

Equations

What is an equation?
An equation is composed of both known numbers and one or more unknown values (number whose value is unknown), and information needed in order to calculate their value.

Example of a simple equation:

 Basic Numeracy Test equations

Basic Numeracy Test Example of a simple equation

3x = x + 72
3x - x = 72
x (3 - 1) = 72
2x = 72
x = 72/2
x = 36

Transforming the equation into a verbal question may simplify understanding of the question. When transformed, the above equation reads: I am an unknown number. I am equal to one-third of my number plus 24. What am I?

Remarkable identities: Out of all the basic formulas that exist, there are three we highly recommend you learn, as they greatly facilitate certain calculations.

The first is: (a + b)² = a² + 2ab + b²
The second is: (a – b)² = a² - 2ab + b²
The third is: a² – b² = (a + b)(a - b)

These formulas can be applied in both directions.
Example: : (2 + 3)² = 4 + 12 + 9 = 25

Root

Here are some summary tables concerning roots:

Basic Numeracy Test Here are some summary tables concerning roots
Basic Numeracy Test Here are some summary tables concerning roots
Basic Numeracy Test Here are some summary tables concerning roots

For which jobs is the numeracy test used?

The numeracy test is used for non-managerial positions requiring effective mental calculation skills in any situation, including jobs where the candidate is required to use his or her knowledge on a daily basis and under pressure. Examples of occupations requiring these skills:

  • Sales-related professions
  • Bus and train drivers
  • Technical assistants (help desk support)
  • Customer Services
  • Nurses, midwives and paramedics
  • Soldiers and other military personnel
  • Steward and flight attendant
  • Prison supervisor
  • And many more.

The main publishers of numeracy tests

PublishersTests
SHLSHL Verify Checking & Calculation Tests
PSI Online / SHLMath Problem Solving
cut-escales eql - Numeracy
CriteriaCriteria Basic Skills Test (CBST)
WonderlicWonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)
Thomas InternationalTest d'Intelligence globale (TIG)
Saville ConsultingAdministrative Numerical Comprehension
Saville ConsultingCustomer Numerical Comprehension
Saville ConsultingCommercial Numerical Comprehension
Saville ConsultingOperational Numerical Comprehension
CriterionB2C Numerical Ability Test
CriterionCWS Numerical Ability Test
Selective HiringBasic Math Skills
HRdirectSkillSeries Math Test
TAFE SATABE Numeracy Test
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