1. Know the test format – The first thing you need to search for is how the Epso Numerical Reasoning exam is structured. You can go on and search this on Epso’s website and through official journals of the competition or you can read on. Regardless of the EU competition – be it Administrator or Assistant, the numerical reasoning exam is made of 10 questions for which you will have 20 minutes to solve. The questions will present a table or a chart with a brief explanation of the context, a question on the table/chart and then 5 possible answers from which only one is right. This CBT (computer based testing) epso numerical reasoning test follows right after the epso verbal reasoning exam and is followed by the abstract reasoning one.
2. Budget your time – Two minutes / question some would say that it’s more than enough, others that it’s clearly not sufficient. It all depends on your previous numerical skills and exercise. Someone with technical background might find the Epso Numerical Reasoning exercises a piece of cake while people with other skills might find the questions a bit tricky. In both cases, you should always keep an eye on the clock and try to fit in the two minutes time frame for each question. In exam conditions, it’s easy to get stuck with a particular question and waste more time on it. The best option would be just to mark the question and if time allows it come back to it in the end. If there’s no time, don’t leave the question unanswered and make an educated or a lucky guess.
3. Read the statements carefully – It is essential for the epso numerical reasoning test to make sure you have clearly understood what is wanted from the statement. Double check the tables with the data from which you deduct the answer.
4. Make use of given items – In the CBT exam room you will receive rough paper, marker and a calculator. Mark down complex calculations on the rough paper so that when you would need to go back to that value it stays written. Also, if you would want to revise a particular question, you would have the data already calculated on the rough paper. During the exam, some people prefer the real-life calculator, others the virtual calculator available in the test engine. It’s a personal choice, but in both cases you should make sure that you are typing the correct data into it.
5. Prepare well – Depending on the level of the competition, the difficulty of the questions is different. For an Administrator exam, the epso numerical reasoning questions could be more difficult and with more calculations than for an Assistant exam. Prepare to meet the same type of exercises – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimal numbers, fractions, percentage – but a different difficulty scale depending on the published EPSO competition. You should be prepared for this situation and practice well in advance for epso tests.
6. Avoid stupid mistakes –Make sure to avoid stupid mistakes that could cost you precious points. One could look at another column in the table, mistype values on the calculator or even check a wrong answer after calculating the correct answer. Try as much as possible to stay focused and do not let these type of mistakes affect your score.
7. Ease your job – Depending on the type of exercise you could round up or down the values given for easier calculations. You will find the answer only by approximation but it will clearly increase your speed of solving the exercise.
8. Check unit measurement – Always look at the unit measurement that data is presented and how the answers are shown. It could be that a value is in thousands while the answer is in millions. In this case, the wrong answer would always be there to trick you so make sure you look for these details and express the answer in the right unit of measurement.
9. Revise if time allows it – If you have enough time, it would be a good idea to go again though the epso numerical reasoning questions, especially through the “marked for review” ones. Just go and validate the logic, re-read the question and see if you took the right data from the tables.
10. Practice makes perfect – I’ve saved the best advice for the end. You should practice as much as possible before the CBT exam date. This way you’ll be able to assess your performance, identify your weakest points and track your progress. Remember that it’s not about passing the EPSO Numerical Reasoning exam but having one of the best scores to allow you to advance to the Assessment Centre that’s why focus and speed have a large impact on the score.
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