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EPSO Exams and Preparation: Numerical reasoning for linguists ?

Hello all,

I have started preparing for the verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning test for linguist, in view of the 'concours'. (I am preparing for French translator and I am French mother tongue)

As regards numerical, I am ok on a some simple % calculation etc, but I have not used anything like if X = 333Y etc.. that king of equations that one finds at middle of difficult level, for years, and I am quite baffled that ons should be judged on such things. Are there going to be so many questions that include the use of equations and unknown variables to be found out etc.. ?

I even find some of the questions badly translated/expressed in French, anyone agreeing with that?

Last, I want to understand whether one is allowed to have paper sheets during the exam? I have notice that on some tests, whilst I know how to calculate etc. I need to note results on paper prior to continue other calculations because I have a bad memory and I cannot remember for instance the first result I calculate and that I will need to calculate something else once I have calculate a second results (hope that's clear enough, but basically I do need to be able to take note on numbers found in order to get back to them when I need to, and I don't see where on the screen one can 'store' middle results of calculations in order to get back to them)..

Any comment are welcome,

Thank you

Anne

Hello all, I have started preparing for the verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning test for linguist, in view of the 'concours'. (I am preparing for French translator and I am French mother tongue) As regards numerical, I am ok on a some simple % calculation etc, but I have not used anything like if X = 333Y etc.. that king of equations that one finds at middle of difficult level, for years, and I am quite baffled that ons should be judged on such things. Are there going to be so many questions that include the use of equations and unknown variables to be found out etc.. ? I even find some of the questions badly translated/expressed in French, anyone agreeing with that? Last, I want to understand whether one is allowed to have paper sheets during the exam? I have notice that on some tests, whilst I know how to calculate etc. I need to note results on paper prior to continue other calculations because I have a bad memory and I cannot remember for instance the first result I calculate and that I will need to calculate something else once I have calculate a second results (hope that's clear enough, but basically I do need to be able to take note on numbers found in order to get back to them when I need to, and I don't see where on the screen one can 'store' middle results of calculations in order to get back to them).. Any comment are welcome, Thank you Anne

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**By:** **Arabier**, 15 January 2012, 12:13:56

- kiss
- 20 January 2012, 16:51:25

Hi, I sat CBT last year and I found numerical reasoning quite easy (similar to medium difficulty questions on this site). You can't take anything into the examination room, but they provide a calculator, 2 erasable boards and marker pens, so don't worry about forgetting stuff. However, each question is different, i.e. they require different calculations, so you won't use the same calculus in another question. A tip: be careful not to run out of time!

Hi, I sat CBT last year and I found numerical reasoning quite easy (similar to medium difficulty questions on this site). You can't take anything into the examination room, but they provide a calculator, 2 erasable boards and marker pens, so don't worry about forgetting stuff. However, each question is different, i.e. they require different calculations, so you won't use the same calculus in another question. A tip: be careful not to run out of time!

- Arabier
- 21 January 2012, 11:56:15

Og great, I started panicking because if I do need to remember sums inbetween it would be a nightmare. I find that numerical is easy upt to a certain point, point 1 being my memory.

I have one reproach to make on some answers given to numerical. It took a hell of a lot of time to understand one answer to a question asked, because the answer was given in terms of X = Y*1 etc... kind of stuff. Whilst as a non mathematics lover, I found it much simpler to use the logic of X to attain the same answer.

Seing answers to numerical tests being described with unknown variable kind of stuff made me first panic but I find that most can be logically answered using the good old percentages.

Og great, I started panicking because if I do need to remember sums inbetween it would be a nightmare. I find that numerical is easy upt to a certain point, point 1 being my memory. I have one reproach to make on some answers given to numerical. It took a hell of a lot of time to understand one answer to a question asked, because the answer was given in terms of X = Y*1 etc... kind of stuff. Whilst as a non mathematics lover, I found it much simpler to use the logic of X to attain the same answer. Seing answers to numerical tests being described with unknown variable kind of stuff made me first panic but I find that most can be logically answered using the good old percentages.

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