Many employers now use numeracy tests as part of their application process, even when the job itself may not require you to work with numbers.
You should ensure that your numeracy skills are up to speed before you start applying for jobs as you may not get much notice that you need to do a test.
Some tests allow you to use a calculator and some do not. Often there is no ‘pass mark’ but your score will be compared with that of other applicants.
If you are asked to do a numeracy test try to find out as much about it as you can from the employer beforehand. You can also contact us or speak to MDXWorks for advice.
Most numeracy tests will ask you to interpret data from tables or graphs and calculate percentages. They might also include questions on fractions, ratios, averages or currency conversions.
This presentation from Mathcentre includes general information about employers’ tests and some sample questions with answers.
The two online quizzes below are designed for you to check up on your current skill level. Unlike an actual test, there is no time limit, you can attempt the questions as many times as you wish and can check your answers as you go along. You can of course decide to set a time limit for yourself. They also contain links to further sources of help and advice.
If you would like to practise answering questions under test conditions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see us in person – see the details below.
These links will take you to some materials to help you revise different topics.
Please see our Percentages page for more resources.
Several web sites offer free practice tests. (Most will also give you the option of paying for more tests.) We recommend that you work through one or two of these to see what is involved and then revise any topics you are unsure about. You might then like to try some more under test conditions.
We will also be happy to help you in person. To see us, please book a one-to-one appointment.
If you need further help or information please contact the Maths, Stats and Numeracy Support team on: email@example.com