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**Numerical Reasoning** (or Math) is one of the three sections of the EIAT (Elevator Industry Aptitude Test), an important step on your way to becoming an elevator mechanic, alongside the **mechanical aptitude** section and the **verbal reasoning** section.

The Numerical Reasoning section is one of the most challenging parts of the test because **you are required to conduct a large number of quick and accurate calculations** without a calculator.

The following guide will give you all the information and practice you need to receive a high score on the EIAT Numerical Reasoning section, with sample questions and tips for success.

## What Is the EIAT Numerical Reasoning Test?

The EIAT numerical reasoning section contains **25-35** questions that cover 2 main topics:

**Basic Numeracy****Fractions and Decimals.**

Because the test assesses your mathematical abilities, **you will not be allowed a calculator**.

The entire EIAT test has a limited time of around 1.5, so approximately **30 minutes** for this section.

## Basic Numeracy

Basic numeracy questions require simple arithmetic calculations, such as **addition**, **subtraction**, **multiplication**, and **division**.

Time and accuracy are crucial for this section, so when taking the test you need to be prepared to get the correct answer in the **least amount of time** **and work**, so mental fatigue doesn’t get the best of you.

The surest way to maintain focus and eliminate mental fatigue is to become familiar and well-practiced with a variety of **shortcut calculation methods**, all of which can be found in the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test Preparation Pack.

**Which of the numbers below is closest to the correct answer?**

62 x 14 x 13 ~

391

752

1600

9100

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

The optional solutions offered for this question vary greatly in magnitude, therefore by a simple estimation, we can solve this problem.

We can even try to round down number 14 and number 13 to 10(!). In this case, we would have the following equation:

** 62 x 10 x 10. **

10 x 10 = 100. If we multiply 62 by 100, we get 6200.

This number is already significantly larger than the first three options. Since we rounded down 14 and 13 to 10, this means that the final result should be even greater and in the region of 9000.

**This correct answer is 9100 **

## Fractions and Decimals

Fractions ad decimals questions require various operations on fractions, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and converting fractions to decimals.

For this kind of arithmetic, you need more advanced mathematical skills and the ability to interpret a fraction as one number to do the correct calculation in a limited time.

1/5 - 13/100

2/50

7/100

1/20

3/5

3/40

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

The lowest common denominator is 100.

1/5 - 13/100 = (1x20)/(5x20) - 13/100 = 20/100 - 13/100 = **7/100.**** **

0.29 is the closest decimal approximation for which of the following fractions?

1/7

2/7

3/7

4/7

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

In order to solve this question, **you must first think of a decimal number close to 0.29 that can be expressed as a simple fraction**.

The number **0.29** is close to **0.25**, which can be expressed as either **1/4** or **2/8**.

0.29 is greater than 0.25. Therefore, either the numerator must be greater than two, or the denominator must be smaller than eight. The closest among the answer choices are **2/7** and **3/7**.

However, **3/7** is actually closer to** 1/2**. Therefore, answer (C) is incorrect, **leaving us with only answer (B)**.

## Combined Questions

Some of the questions include a mix of two or three of the topics. This means that you can’t rely on your strengths in a specific topic, but need to master all three.

(2 + 1/5) : 3.25

15/18

44/65

1/4

24/9

143/20

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

**Step 1 – simplify the expression **

**i ** 3.25 = 3 1/4 = 13/4

**ii** 2 + 1/5 = 2 1/5 = 11/5

**Step 2 – calculate **

(2 + 1/5) : 3.25

= 11/5 : 13/4

= 11/5 x 4/13

= (11x4)/(5x13)

= **44/65**

## Tips To Pass Your EIAT Numerical Reasoning Test

Preparedness is key when applying for any job, this one is no exception. Studying beforehand for the different sections of the aptitude test, as well as for the oral interview, will give you the edge over other candidates! Here are a few helpful tips:

**Focus on Shortcuts**- The single best way to ensure you both keep up with the time limit and do not find yourself completely exhausted mid-test is to develop a mindset that focuses on simplifying the problem using a variety of calculation shortcuts (and equally important – knowing when to use each).**Read the questions carefully, and don’t rush to choose your answer**- Patience and calmness are key to achieving a good score. However, the test is time-limited, and because the EIAT score is based only on the number of correct answers, it is better to guess than leave a question blank.**Practice your mathematical skills -**Though the EIAT requires basic calculations, you still need to have strong math foundations, especially if it’s been a while since your school days.**Avoid generic Numerical Reasoning practice tests**- The EIAT Numerical Reasoning section contains specific types of questions That assess particular abilities to calculate, analyze, and interpret numerical information needed for working in the Elevator Industry. Therefore, you should channel your efforts to prepare for these numerical skills and not waste time practicing irrelevant mathematics.

The Most Accurate EIAT Numerical Reasoning Practice Tests with 2 full-length EIAT test simulations and 3 additional Numerical Reasoning practice drills.

Study guides that cover the topics of Numerical Reasoning – Basic Numeracy, Fractions, and Decimals

Detailed answers and explanations to all the Numerical Reasoning practice questions.

**You can also check out our complete EIAT Test Guide PDF and take a free EIAT sample test.**

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