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How does a Mental Arithmetic Test work?

Does your job application require you to pass a mental arithmetic test? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! offers realistic test simulations developed by psychologists with years of experience designing tests for large publishers such as CEB/Gartner, Talent Q, Saville Assessment, Kenexa (IBM) and Thomas International.

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What does a Mental Arithmetic Test assess?

Ability tests are a typical part of the selection process, or for development within the workplace. Mental arithmetic are standardized psychometric assessment tests that provide the employing organization with information about a candidate’s general numerical aptitude. These tests are designed to measure a candidate’s basic numeracy and can be categorized as a speed test.

What you should know about Mental Arithmetic Tests

Employers choose to use psychometric testing during their recruitment process to help give a better overall evaluation of candidate’s and their suitability for the job that they’re applying for. Psychometric testing could help to gauge the future performance of candidate's and also improve employee retention by making successful hiring decisions.

The most common way for employers to use aptitude tests such as mental arithmetic tests, is online. Traditionally, aptitude tests have taken the form of pen and paper but due to benefits such as saving valuable time and money, online testing is used more and more frequently. Undertaking aptitude tests is usually the follow-up action after an employer has accepted your CV or initial job application form. 

If you pass the online test in some cases you are invited to an assessment centre, which is usually done by larger employers. The term assessment centre is used due to the fact that employers conduct these extended assessment in a single centre, either an office of the employers themselves or at a third party venue. The assessment centre is often (but not always) a day that constitutes the final stage of the application process. At the assessment centre they will ask you to sit a repeat test at the assessment centre to verify your earlier test scores, therefore don’t get your friends or family to help you out during the online test! 

Preparing for an assessment centre or online aptitude test can be stressful due to the fact that you don’t know what to expect. The best way to familiarize yourself is with practice aptitude tests that mimic the tests used by employers and recruiters. has prepared thousands of candidates for their assessments and aptitude tests by offering realistic test simulations with fully worked solutions. 

By practicing mental arithmetic tests you can improve your performance during the real test by familiarizing yourself with the format and time-pressure. 

The equations and sums you will need to answer may contain positive as well as negative numbers. When doing calculation tests you will find the following mathematical equations:

  • Adding: In these mathematical equations, represented by the + sign, it is necessary to add the two numbers.

  • Subtracting: In these mathematical equations, represented by the – sign, it is necessary to subtract one number from the other one.

  • Multiplying: In these mathematical equations, represented by the x sign, it is necessary to multiply the two numbers.

  • Dividing: In these mathematical equations, represented by the ÷ sign, it is necessary to divide the first number by the second number.

  • Fractions: Just to make the test a little more difficult, you will also find fractions within the mathematical equations. Some of the numbers that you will need for a calculation can be switched into fractions. An example is ½, which equals 0.5.

Tips and tricks to ace your Mental Arithmetic Test

Doing some research about the tests that you need to take is the most important step in preparation for any aptitude test. If you know what to expect you will increase your chances of performing well due to the fact that you’re familiar with the formats. Also, by practicing aptitude tests you will reveal your own strengths and weaknesses that you can work on in preparation for the actual assessment. 

Therefore, we advise you to find out the test publisher and exact name of the tests that you are about to take, and then search or contact us to get more details about this test. 

These effective test-taking strategy tips and tricks are well worth remembering before you take the actual mental arithmetic tests:

  • Practice, practice and practice some more to ace your assessment and aptitude tests!

  • Read the question and instructions properly. Even though this seems logical, often candidates miss out very important information. Multiple-choice tests use so called ‘distractors’ as answer possibilities. These distractors are answers options which are deliberately similar to the right answer; in other words, the answer possibilities are designed to test if you read the question and provided information property.

  • Therefore, take your time to carefully read the information provided.

  • Be prepared with a pen and a piece of paper when doing the online test.

  • Don’t cheat. This is an important one. Many employers use verification tests to validate your previous results, to see if you have collaborated on your test. Large test publishers often use software that compares your response patterns and performance between the online test and the follow-up supervised test.

  • The most common operations you can expect during a mental arithmetic test are: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.

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To help you ace your Mental Arithmetic Test we put together a preparation package, tailor made for your assessment. These tests contain the same questions you can expect in your actual assessment.

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Mental Arithmetic Test

This test measures your ability to answer problems using the basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
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