Quantitative Reasoning

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The QR section of the test “assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form” – in short, maths. It does not test anything particularly advanced, requiring approximately GCSE level numeracy. An on-screen calculator is available to help throughout.e faster and more familiar you’ll become with the calculations.


The test asks 36 questions, based on a number of graphs, charts, tables and other numerical data. No official curriculum is published, but some of the areas covered in the past are as follows:

  • Basic mathematics – adding, subtracting, multiplication and division
  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Interpretation of groups of data – mean, median, range etc
  • Unit conversions
  • Following formulae (such as calculating areas of shapes)

Start by brushing up on any areas of weakness from the list above. Once you’re confident, just keep practicing. The more practice papers you do, the faster and more familiar you’ll become with the calculations.

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