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Using the Table of Joy to Help with Numeracy Tests

Here’s how to use my nifty Table of Joy to work out percentages, pie charts, proportions, conversions, ratios and all the rest so you can ace your numeracy test with ease! [more…]

Figuring Out Fractions during Your Numeracy Test

Don’t let fractions fox you! When you’re revising for your numeracy test, follow these quick and simple steps to add or take away two fractions: [more…]

Numeracy Tests For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Whether you’re applying to university, have a job interview lined up, or you’re planning to sign up to the military, this Cheat Sheet gives you some quick tips on doing your best at a numeracy test. [more…]

Ten Ways to Find a Sense of Calm While Studying

Studying while you’re stressed, whether you're studying for a numeracy test or a basic maths test, is doubly hard, because your brain is extra-reluctant to soak up the information you’re trying to learn [more…]

Ten Practice Questions for Mental Arithmetic Tests

The name mental arithmetic test isn’t completely accurate – you’re allowed to write things down rather than do everything in your head. In the real tests, you’re typically allowed to write down your working [more…]

Ten Practice Questions for Real-World Maths Tests

Real-world maths knowledge includes calculating distances, reading timetables and figuring out change. In this kind of numeracy test, you’re usually allowed to use a calculator [more…]

What Are Numeracy Tests and What Do They Cover?

Numeracy is the maths the average person needs to stay out of trouble. Unless you’re doing something pretty technical, you probably don’t have much need for algebra, trigonometry or calculus in your daily [more…]

Ten Common Numeracy Tests

The contents of the main types of numeracy test you may have to take differ because different qualifications (and different jobs) have different ideas about exactly what numeracy skills you need to have [more…]

Ten Common Graphs and Data Tables on Numeracy Tests

All the numeracy tests you’re likely to come across ask you to deal with information in graphs and tables and to be able to work out basic statistics such as averages and the range. [more…]

How to Work with Time-Based Questions on Numeracy Tests

You need to be a little more careful than usual when a question on a numeracy test asks you to work with a table or graph that’s time-related and may involve: [more…]

Ten Ways to Motivate Yourself to Study for a Numeracy Test

Studying to pass a numeracy test is hard work. It can be frustrating, and some days you just don’t want to. If you want to do really well in your test, you need to get into the habit of studying regularly [more…]

Nine Tips for Tackling Tough Numeracy Test Questions

Examiners on numeracy tests aren’t going to ask you anything impossible. Use these strategies and tactics and you should find yourself starting to make headway on questions you didn’t think you could do [more…]

Ten Ways to Make Your Numeracy Test Easier

Almost nobody likes to take numeracy tests. They’re stressful situations in which you can feel like your entire career is on the line – and it all comes down to whether you can jump through the hoops set [more…]

How to Create Flashcards to Study for Numeracy Tests

One of the best ways to learn any facts, including maths for numeracy tests, is to use flash cards. These are normally postcard-sized bits of card with a question on one side and the answer on the back [more…]

How to Prepare for the Day of Your Numeracy Test

The more you know about the practical side of sitting your numeracy test, the less stressed you are. The less stressed you are, the easier it is to think clearly. And the more clearly you can think, the [more…]

Prepare for Computerised Numeracy Tests

In most cases, you do your numeracy test on a computer, which has many advantages, the main one being that you should get your results as soon as the test is over. [more…]

How to Prepare for a Paper-and-Pencil Numeracy Test

Although many numeracy tests are now completely computerised, with some tests you still work on paper. Getting your results for pencil-and-paper tests takes longer than for computer tests, but they aren’t [more…]

Refresh Your Basic Maths Addition and Subtraction Skills

If you can do whole number addition and subtraction well, you have some of the tools to do well in a numeracy test. When you can add up and take away whole numbers, you’ve also got a really solid foundation [more…]

Refresh Your Basic Maths Mulitiplication and Division Skills

The ability to multiply and divide whole numbers are basic maths skills that you'll need when taking any numeracy test. Multiplying and dividing are really just repeated adding and subtracting: 4 + 4 is [more…]

How to Find Approximate Answers for Numeracy Test Questions

Once in a while, you may get a question on a numeracy test that looks absolutely impossible – a complicated sum with insanely detailed numbers, for example, almost as if it’s designed to make you panic [more…]

Basic Fraction Skills Needed for Passing Numeracy Tests

When brushing up on your basic maths skills before taking a numeracy test, you're going to have to deal with fractions. A fraction is a pair of numbers, one on top of the other. Think of it as representing [more…]

Basic Decimal Skills Needed to Pass Numeracy Tests

You need to know how to work with decimals to pass most numeracy tests. When you’re adding or taking away decimals, the way you lay out your working becomes even more important than normal. If you get [more…]

How to Do Basic Percentages with the Table of Joy

The Table of Joy is a technique for figuring out what sum you need to do when you have two amounts you know to be proportional – that is, if you double the size of one, you double the size of the other [more…]

Know How to Work with Ratios on Numeracy Tests

A ratio is usually a pair of numbers with a colon between them, such as 2:1. It describes the relative size of two things – if you imagine two people splitting up a pile of sweets [more…]

How BIDMAS Can Help You Pass Numeracy Tests

BIDMAS stands for ‘brackets, indices, divide, multiply, add, subtract’ and tells you the order in which to do a complicated sum. (Indices, by the way, are little numbers above and to the right of a number [more…]


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