BP Numerical Reasoning Test

BP looks for employees with a high numerical ability. Applicants have to pass a numerical test before being offered a position.

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BP use the following tests in their selection process:

  • Verbal reasoning test
  • Numerical reasoning test
  • Diagrammatic reasoning test
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About BP Numerical Reasoning Tests

BP is one of the most successful energy companies in the world, operating on a global scale with projects in over 80 countries. Due to its substantial size and multiple locations, BP have a broad list of career opportunities and graduate schemes on offer. As gaining a place on one of their graduate schemes can be extremely competitive, psychometric testing is adopted during the recruitment process, as a means of screening out candidates who lack the abilities necessary for a career in this area. Typically, candidates are asked to complete numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning tests, although this may differ slightly for some positions. Candidates are informed in advance as to which tests they will be required to take.

BP reasoning tests are provided by Saville. The function of these tests is to screen out candidates without adequate numerical, verbal and diagrammatic ability, although higher level positions may require additional testing. BP’s core values consist of: Courage, Excellence, One Team, Respect and Safety.

Numerical reasoning tests are a fair and objective way for BP to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised numerical reasoning test, BP are able to quickly see which candidates are suitable for the role and which are not. This sort of information about candidates’ skills is difficult to glean from interviews and qualifications alone, so they use professional psychometric tests.

Often, BP will ask applicants to take a numerical test online, which you can take from home. When the numerical test is used early on in the application process like this you will have to achieve a minimum score before you progress to the next round (typically a score in the top 50% of applicants is required however this does vary role to role). Further along in the selection process you might be asked to attend an assessment centre or interview where you will be asked to sit a numerical test again. This is so BP can verify the person scoring highly in the test is indeed the person applying for the job.

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BP Application Process Stages

Here is the typical process for your application to BP.

Stage 1


Applications are made online and require candidates to provide their contact details, education and work experience. This is to ensure that the candidate meets the entry requirements for their selected role. Once the application has been submitted, the candidate should be informed within two working days, as to whether they have met the necessary requirements to proceed to the next stage.

Stage 2


Successful candidates at the application stage will then need to undertake an online psychometric test; often comprised of numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning questions, although this can vary depending on the scheme applied for. The test must be completed within 3 days of receiving the invitation link and will be provided by Saville Consulting. It will last approximately 30 minutes and practice tests are recommended.

Stage 3

Telephone Interview

The next stage is a telephone interview. This is competency based and is designed to assess competencies relevant to the essential aspects of the role.

Stage 4

Technical Interview

Candidates are then invited to an on site technical interview. This usually consists of two business scenarios which require the candidate to describe their actions and responses in such circumstances. Some graduate schemes may involve different tasks, for example, the BP Analyst scheme will normally require a case study presentation.

Stage 5

Assessment Centre

The final stage is attendance at an assessment centre, during which candidates will partake in both group exercises and individual exercises. These exercises will be relevant to the industry and some may be specific to the role applied for, so it is suggested that candidates prepare for this. Successful applicants at stage 5 will be offered a place on one of the Graduate schemes provided by BP.

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BP Numerical Reasoning Test Questions

Like most numerical tests, the one used by BP looks at your ability to interpret numerical and graphical data and answer questions which require numerical analysis of the data provided. The numerical test will be assessing your speed and accuracy. The answers are multiple choice and you should try to work quickly within the time limit, but also accurately. Negative marking is unlikely to be used but do not guess answers, as this will show up in your accuracy score. Sometimes you will find that you can make a best guess estimate by deducing that some of the answer options are incorrect. This approach to verbal tests will come with practice, and you will become familiar with the type of verbal tests used by companies such as BP.

Companies are using numerical reasoning test more and more in their application process that candidates must go through. Numerical reasoning tests are favoured when the role being recruited for requires interpretation and manipulation of numerical data on a regular basis. A person's score in a numerical reasoning test is a good indicator of their ability to work well with numbers. This is very important in finance, accounting and actuarial positions.

BP use numerical reasoning tests as part of their recruitment process to help them select the best candidates for a particular role.

So as a graduate or senior candidate applying for a job at BP you might feel like the numerical reasoning test is an unnecessary hoop to jump through. But you should bear in mind that BP are asking you to complete the numerical test as much for your own benefit as theirs; if you are not suitable for the role, a psychometric test will usually identify this. Research has shown that psychometric tests, such as those used by BP, are a better predictor of job performance than traditional selection metrics such as level of degree achieved.

The numerical operations required in standardised numerical tests are of a level which most applicants can achieve. The difficult aspect comes with carrying out the calculations quickly and accurately within the time limit. You will be allowed a calculator for your numerical test at BP, so make sure you know how to perform these basic operations. Percentage increases and decreases are the most common questions which catch out candidates. Here is a list of the most common operations you can expect in your numerical test:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Percentages (including percentage changes)
  • Ratios
  • Most questions in most numerical reasoning tests follow a standard format displaying numerical data, the question and answer options on screen. These can be arranged differently, but each test will stick to the same layout throughout. The numerical data may be a graph, table, chart or other visual form. The question text may contain extra information which adds to what's given in the table, this might also be necessary to answer the question correctly. Lastly, the answer options are almost always multiple choice. Multiple choice answers can vary, however. You may have 4 options to pick from, 5, maybe 10, or more. The more answer options to pick from, the slimmer the chances are that you can obtain the correct answer by guessing.

    Some publishers will have less subtle variations in their test from what's described here. Cappfinity for example, will ask you to rank the answer options by a particular criteria. Sometimes, in TalentQ tests, the question may have more than one answer, and you will be told to select two, or possibly more answer options from those available.

    Answered questions

    Yes. BP use SHL numerical reasoning tests to assess applicants in the recruitment process. The practice tests we provide have been designed to mimic the numerical reasoning test's style to create an environment similar to the real assessment. This provides you with confidence that the questions you practice with us now are an accurate reflection of the real assessment.

    The same difficulty as real tests. Generally real employer selection tests don't differ that much in terms of difficulty which is why they compare your score against norm groups. Our practice tests are pitched roughly at graduate level, but this means they are actually suitable for preparing for all levels of job: entry; apprentice; graduate; senior; director.

    Yes, and PC, and Linux and smartphone and Android and...everything. Our practice tests will run on all systems and they are responsive so they will work well on tablets and smartphones too!

    How many times can I take the tests?

    Unlimited. You can take our practice tests as many times as you like; there is no limit. But to be honest, after taking the same test a few times you start to remember the answers, so that’s why we have lots of tests.

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