Numerical reasoning tests look at your ability to use numbers and numerical concepts to draw the correct, logical conclusions. While numerical ability looks at your answers to basic arithmetic questions, numerical reasoning tests are slightly different.

A numeric test involves quantitative and/or mathematical reasoning to complete tasks. Tests with a numeric component will typically involve a number-based task with a right or wrong answer. The Thomas General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) measures your aptitude when processing numeric information during the Number Speed and Accuracy test.

When taking a numerical reasoning test, you will be presented with numerical information in the form of graphs, tables and pie-charts. The facts and figures within these tables and graphs will provide the basis of the questions you will be asked and the numbers and way that they are presented to you will change after every question.

There can be up to four parts to each question and you will have a range of answer options to choose from for each part. By using the information presented to you in the question, you must use the facts and figures to work out the answers. The options are multiple choice, but read each one with care as some may be deliberately close to the correct answer.

Numerical reasoning tests do not require you to remember long equations or to use any more than basic number skills; they are more focused on how you reason with logic whilst using numbers.

Therefore, when answering you should only use the information given to you and not try to apply general knowledge.

Often, the test is timed and as a result it is a good idea to have a strategy for dividing your time up between each of the questions. You are likely to be allowed to use a calculator or a piece of paper for rough working, but do check when you read the instructions.

When interpreting your score on numerical reasoning assessments, your score will be adjusted for how many questions you answered and how many you got right and wrong. This helps to make sure that you haven't answered correctly by guessing or chance. This adjusted score is then compared against a sample population or norm group, to see where you rank against this group. Your percentile rank will indicate the percentage of the population that have scored the same as you or lower than you. For example, if you have a score in the 45th percentile, you have scored better than or the same as 45% of the sample group being used to compare your score against.

It is always a good idea to practice numerical reasoning tests, so that you can see what the test is like, you can work out your strategy for answering each question within a time limit and you can be prepared to perform as well as possible when you do come to sit the assessment.