EY Numerical Reasoning Test
EY looks for employees with a high numerical ability. Applicants have to pass a numerical test before being offered a position.
EY use the following tests in their selection process:
- Cappfinity numerical reasoning test
- Cappfinity business behaviours test
- Cappfinity situational strengths test
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About EY Numerical Reasoning Tests
Numerical reasoning tests are a fair and objective way for EY to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised numerical reasoning test, EY 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, EY 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 EY can verify the person scoring highly in the test is indeed the person applying for the job.
EY Application Process Stages
Here is the typical process for your application to EY.
You will need to choose a vacancy to apply to EY 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.
Shortly after submitting your application, you will automatically be invited to complete 4 assessments.
- Situational Strengths Test
- Numerical Reasoning Test
- Business Behaviours Test
- Social Mobility Questionnaire
The Situational Strengths test is very similar to a situational judgement test with some differences in the format of the questions asked. Videos may be used to make the descriptions of each scenario more interactive and immersive. The numerical reasoning is slightly different to most numerical reasoning tests, because it is wirten by Cappfinity, who use an alternative style for answering some of the questions. You can find out more about Cappfinity's numerical assessments here. The Business Behaviours test falls under the category of a personality questionnaire. Answer these questions honestly and truthfully. We have a sample version of a personality questionnaire here if you wish to see what they're often like.
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.
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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EY Numerical Reasoning Test Questions
Like most numerical tests, the one used by EY look 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 numerical tests will come with practice, and you will become familiar with the type of numerical tests used by companies such as EY.
Numerical reasoning tests and who uses them
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.
EY 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 EY you might feel like the numerical reasoning test is an unnecessary hoop to jump through. But you should bear in mind that EY 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 EY, are a better predictor of job performance than traditional selection metrics such as level of degree achieved. For more information, check out our numerical reasoning test guide.
What you should know before taking your numerical reasoning test
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 EY, 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:
- Percentages (including percentage changes)
Different types of numerical tests
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. For further detail, please visit our information on the different numerical test types used by employers.
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.
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