About the SHL numerical reasoning test
An SHL numerical test is an objective measure of a candidate's numerical critical reasoning skills. You will be required to interpret numerical data presented in tables and graphs, and answer questions relating to that data. The numerical operations required in SHL numerical tests will be within the reach of most candidates, however most will find it difficult to complete all the questions within the time limit. For example the type of numerical operations involved will be multiplication, division, fractions, percentage increases and decreases, and ratios.
SHL numerical tests can be taken online or using paper and pencil. The online SHL numerical tests will either be unsupervised where the candidate gets to choose where and when they sit the test or they will be supervised, typically at the employer's office or a test centre. SHL Verify ™ is an online system SHL use which is used to save testing time and increase test security. SHL Verify numerical tests randomly draw questions from a large database of numerical questions of equal difficulty, so that the chance of any two candidates seeing exactly the same test is very slim. This approach protects against piracy and reduces the risk of cheating by candidates.
Included as part of the SHL Verify range of numerical tests is a supervised follow-up test which can be given to candidates after taking an unsupervised test to verify that they were indeed the same person who achieved the score in the unsupervised test. SHL use independent security and forensic specialists to guard against candidate cheating.
SHL numerical reasoning practice tests
SHL recommend that each candidate take a practice test before sitting their numerical reasoning test for real. SHL send out a short practice test with the test invite for this purpose. This approach by SHL is good practice because a candidate is more likely to perform to their true ability if they are not anxious or surprised when then see the numerical test questions for the first time.
You will not get to see the answers to the SHL practice tests, as the effectiveness of the questions will be compromised if the answers become a victim of piracy. However by practising the example numerical test SHL give you, you will at least be familiar with what is expected of you. If you are asked to take an SHL numerical test, it is good practice to issue each candidate with example questions. So if you do not get the opportunity to practice make sure you ask the employer or SHL for some practice questions.
Why Practise SHL numerical reasoning tests?
By practising for your SHL numerical test you are more likely to perform your best. You will become familiar with the type of questions and the numerical operations required, you will become used to how time-pressured SHL tests are. Practice will give you the best possible chance to show your numerical ability. Since time is a critical factor in SHL numerical tests, if you are able to start a test with a good idea of what the test will look like and the questions it will contain, you will save yourself some vital seconds compared with those who have not practised and do not know what to expect.
Preparing for an SHL situational judgement test is less about practice and more about familiarity with the test, since it is difficult to alter one's innate sense of how to react in different scenarios.
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