Mastering EY's Numerical Reasoning Tests - Guide to Success

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About EY Numerical Reasoning Test

Ernst and Young (EY) is one of the world's leading professional services organisations, providing services in assurance, tax, transactions, and advisory. With a global presence and a strong reputation for excellence, EY attracts top talent from around the world.

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EY use the following tests in their selection process:

  • Cappfinity numerical reasoning test
  • Cappfinity business behaviours test
  • Cappfinity situational strengths test

As part of their rigorous application process, EY utilises numerical reasoning tests to assess the numerical aptitude and problem-solving skills of candidates.

What is involved in the EY numerical reasoning test?

EY's numerical reasoning tests are designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to analyse numerical data, interpret charts and graphs, and make accurate calculations within a time-constrained environment. These tests aim to assess an applicant's capacity to handle complex numerical information, which is essential in various roles within the organisation, such as finance, consulting, and data analytics.

The numerical reasoning tests used by EY typically consist of multiple-choice questions that require candidates to solve mathematical problems, identify patterns, and draw conclusions based on numerical data. The questions often cover topics like percentages, ratios, data interpretation, and basic arithmetic. The tests are administered online and are usually timed, adding an element of pressure to the assessment process.

Example EY numerical reasoning question

Question: In a company's sales report, the revenue for Q1 was £500,000. In Q2, the revenue increased by 20%, and in Q3, it decreased by 15%. What was the revenue in Q3?

A) £425,000 B) £510,000 C) £425,500 D) £489,000

Explanation: To solve this question, we need to calculate the revenue in Q3 based on the given information.

First, we find the revenue increase in Q2 by multiplying the Q1 revenue by 20%: £500,000 x 0.20 = £100,000

Next, we add the revenue increase to the Q1 revenue to get the Q2 revenue: £500,000 + £100,000 = £600,000

Then, we find the revenue decrease in Q3 by multiplying the Q2 revenue by 15%: £600,000 x 0.15 = £90,000

Finally, we subtract the revenue decrease from the Q2 revenue to find the Q3 revenue: £600,000 - £90,000 = £510,000

Therefore, the correct answer is B) £510,000.

How to pass EY numerical reasoning test

To do well in these tests, candidates need to demonstrate strong numeracy skills, logical reasoning, attention to detail, and the ability to work efficiently under time constraints. Effective preparation can significantly enhance a candidate's performance in these tests. It is advisable for applicants to practice sample numerical reasoning questions, familiarise themselves with different question types, and improve their speed and accuracy through regular practice.

We have lots of numerical practice tests available on our site, we even have a free trial so you can experience some of the tests and our learning platform without having to commit to purchase.

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EY Application Process Stages

Here is the typical process for your application to EY.

Stage 1

Online Application

You will need to choose a vacancy to apply to Ernst and Young online. Vacancies for graduates are available in actuarial, assurance, consulting, law, tax, technology, and transactions, and undergraduates can apply to the industrial placement or summer internship programmes. You will be asked for some personal information and details on your academic achievements.

Stage 2

Online Assessments / EY ONE Assessment

Once your application has been reviewed and successfully passed screening, you will have to answer some apitutde tests. The selection of tests will depend upon the role you are applying for but it will usually be a combination of numerical, verbal, logical, and situational judgement.

The EY ONE Assessment is a blended assessment where you are required to take three tests: strengths-based (sjt), problem solving and numerical reasoning. You may be required to video record your answers for the strengths-based answers. This stage is all about giving you a feel for real scenarios you might face in this role at EY, as well as showcasing what it’s like to work at EY.

Stage 3

Telephone Interview

This is the first interview you will face. This is designed to last around half an hour and you should feel relaxed as you approach the interview. EY would like a chance to hear from you and to gain a better picture of where you would like to work within the company.

Stage 4

Assessment Centre

Once you've managed to win over EY with your telephone interview responses, your scores in the Situational Strengths, Business Behaviours, and numerical reasoning tests, the final stage will require you to attend an assessment centre, where you may be asked to take part in a second interview, a group exercise, and a few other tasks, such as a written exercise, a meeting, or a presentation.

During the group exercise, the assessors will be evaluating how well you form relationships with other, new people, and how you contribute to the team.

You will be informed of your result from the assessment centre quite shortly afterwards. If you wish to receive some feedback on your performance, you may contact a member of the recruitment team, who will explain to you areas in which you can improve.

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What is the EY ONE Assessment

During this stage, you will be presented with various real-life scenarios that you may encounter in your role at EY. This stage is an opportunity for you to semi-experience what it would be like working at EY. The questions will take different forms, including strengths-based scenarios, problem-solving and numerical reasoning sections, and video response questions.

The assessment should take around 40 minutes to complete. You must complete it in one sitting.

To complete the assessment, you will need access to a computer equipped with a webcam, a pen and paper, and a calculator. It is also important to have a quiet and distraction-free environment to work in. For optimal performance during the video section of the assessment, it is recommended to use Google Chrome as your browser. Alternatively, if this is not feasible, you will need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed.

Why do EY use numerical reasoning tests as part of the application?

EY's numerical reasoning tests serve as an effective screening tool, allowing the organisation to identify candidates who possess the essential numerical skills required for their roles. Successful candidates in this stage of the application process may progress to further assessments, interviews, and ultimately secure a position with EY.

Overall, EY's numerical reasoning tests play a crucial role in evaluating the quantitative aptitude and problem-solving abilities of candidates, ensuring that only the most qualified individuals move forward in the selection process. So, get ready to crunch numbers, solve puzzles, and show EY that you've got what it takes to conquer their numerical challenges!

Answered questions

Are these tests suitable for EY?

Yes. EY use Cappfinity's reasoning tests (provided via Jobmi) to assess applicants in the recruitment process. The practice tests we provide have been designed to mimic TalentQ'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.

How difficult are your tests?

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.

Are they compatible with my Mac / Tablet / Phone?

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.