Math Pre Employment Test: Free Guide and Sample Questions

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What is the Math Pre-Employment Test?

The pre-employment math test evaluates a candidate's cognitive abilities such as logic, pattern recognition,understanding tables and graphs and are required when testing for roles like Cashiers, Accountants, Bank tellers, Engineers, Physicists, Pharmacists, Computer programmers, Loan officers, etc.

The test types correspond to the job level, including high-ranking senior management positions, graduate or managerial jobs, and administrative and sales roles.

Is the Math Pre-Employment Test Hard?

The job level you are applying to often determines the type or level of quantitative test you will encounter. Difficulty levels may vary, in addition to variations in question topics and contexts, making a test potentially easier or more difficult.

The testing time frame can also vary greatly depending on your prospective employer and his or her wants and needs.

Some math tests take 20–90 minutes, while others are untimed. As speed and accuracy are important factors, it's recommended that before starting a timed exam, quickly calculate the seconds or minutes that can be allocated for each question.


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 Free Pre-Employment Math Test Sample Questions

Word Problem Percentages Sample Question

In one sample of 2,048 the percentage of people with blonde hair is 37.5%. In a different sample of 312 the percentage of people with green eyes is 87.5%. One of the researchers discovered some errors were made in the calculations. The number of people with blonde hair in the first sample was actually 162.5% of the reported number. Furthermore, the number of people with green eyes in the second sample was actually 33.33% of the reported number.

How many more or fewer people with blonde hair were there actually in the first sample when compared to the actual number of people with green eyes in the second sample?

A. 1157 less.
B. 480 less.
C. 389 more.
D. 1157 more.
E. 480 more.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D 1,157 more.

First, let’s find the reported number of people with blonde hair in the first sample: 2,048*0.375 = 768. However, the actual number of people with blonde hair was 162.5% of the reported number, which is 768*1.625 = 1,248.

Now’ let’s calculate the reported number of people with green eyes in the second sample: 312*0.875 = 273. However, the actual number of people with green eyes was 33.33% of the reported number, which is 273*0.3333 = 91.

The difference between the number of people with blonde hair in the first sample and the number of people with green eyes in the second sample is therefore 1,248 - 91 = 1,157.

Mathematical Reasoning Basic Math Sample Question



A. 11.66.
B. 10.26.
C. 15.46.
D. 12.06.
E. 11.99
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A 11.66




Online Preparation for Mathematical Reasoning Tests

JobTestPrep has developed a wide range of practice tests able to prepare job candidates to a variety of tests offered at pre-employment assessments. Our resources contain exercises designed to bring your numerical skills and problem-solving abilities to new heights. Our tests and drills are always supplied with study guides and answer keys to enable you to identify and eliminate your weaknesses before you take your exam. Therefore, no matter what specific questions your actual test at the company contains, you will be well prepared to pass it successfully and become shortlisted for an interview.

Mathematical Numerical Tabular Sample Question

What is the value of (II)?

A. 64.
B. 30.
C. 20.
D. 14.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C - 20.

The first step to approaching tables with missing values is to analyze the descriptions given and identify the relationships between them.

We are given three different types of liquors and two brands of each.

VOL (oz) refers to the number of ounces in a bottle.

SALES PRICE refers to the price the store sells a bottle for.

MONTHLY BEGINNING refers to the number of bottles on stock at the beginning of the month.

MONTHLY RESTOCK refers to the number of bottles the store purchases, or adds to its stock, throughout the month.

MONTHLY SALES refers to the number of bottles the store sold throughout the month. To keep track of the number of bottles in stock, this number will be subtracted from the monthly beginning.

MONTHLY ENDING refers to the number of bottles in stock at the end of the month.

Based on the information above we can formulate the following equation:


We can verify that this equation is correct by checking with the first row where all of the values are given:

4 + 5 - 3 = 6

In order to find the value of (II), which is the MONTHLY RESTOCK of Greenpool, we can place the values given into the equation above:

47 + MR - 25 = 42 Subtract 25 from 47:

22 + MR = 42 Subtract 22 from each side:

MR = 20

Number Series Sample Question

6/3 | 5/4 | 4/5 | 3/6 | 2/7 | ?

Please choose one correct answer

A. 1\2.
B. 1\3.
C. 3\9.
D. 1\8.  
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

In this series, the numerators and denominators have a separate rule. Each numerator decreases by -1 and each denominator increases by +1. This means that -1 should be subtracted from the numerator (2) in the last term in the series (2/7) and +1 should be added to the denominator (7). The result is 1/8.


Prepare for The Math Pre-Employment Test

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Types of Numerical Tests

Below is a list of the various numeracy tests you are likely to encounter. By understanding the purpose of each question, you will be able to prepare yourself for the test and the job.

Basic Numeracy

Basic numeracy tests, also known as numerical literacy tests or basic math tests, are all about the foundations of math—the four basic operations, fractions, decimals, rounding numbers, averages, and basic geometry.

Numerical Reasoning

Although the term "numerical reasoning" is rather broad, it generally refers to tests in which more than just basic arithmetic is involved. There are four major topics covered on these tests: word problems, number series, numerical reasoning charts (i.e. graph and table questions), and sufficiency questions.

Advanced Numerical Reasoning and Numerical Critical Reasoning Tests

Advanced numerical reasoning tests are used when advanced math, analysis, and data interpretation skills are required. These tests are similar to "regular" numerical reasoning tests, but they are simply considered more difficult as they include numerous charts and calculations. You may also need to use information beyond the question, such as formulas that may or may not be provided on the test.

Numerical critical reasoning tests are a type of advanced numerical test, but these tests are difficult to characterize as each assessment company sets its own standards. However, one thing each of these tests has in common is that very accurate and precise calculations are needed to solve the math problems.

Currency and Unit Conversion Tests

Conversion tests of all kinds work along the same basic concept: using a formula to convert one amount into another in terms of specific units. The most common types of conversion tests are currency conversion and unit conversion tests.

Non-Calculator Tests

Some numerical tests do not allow the use of a calculator as they are an assessment of your mental mathematical ability. While it is, in general, common for there to be a time limit on aptitude tests, non-calculator tests move particularly quickly. The questions on these tests can be made up of the concepts in the regular numerical reasoning tests seen above. However, the numbers you are asked to work with are easier to calculate.


What Skills Do These Tests Measure?

Numerical tests are designed to look at the range of skills and abilities needed to perform most jobs. Some of the skills and abilities include basic math or computations skills, such as the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), percentages, ratios, analyzing graphs, and other numerical data.

Major Assessment Companies

There are several major assessment companies that provide employers with pre-hire math assessment tests. While many of the concepts used on the tests are similar, the companies' tests vary in terms of question style, test format, and time frame.

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