We consulted analytical and commercial performers within banks, consulting firms, start-ups, and corporates to see what skills mattered for their roles.
What are you being tested on and why?
After listening to these top analytical and commercial performers, you will be relieved to hear none of them described any complicated maths (no circle geometry or quadratic equations). Nor did any of them describe having to do calculations under huge time pressure (that's what computers are for!).
Mapped is aligned to test only the important maths skills
Basic numerical skills
Things like calculus (subtracting/multiplication, etc) and using percentages. It's not glamorous, but you need to be able to do the basics. If you are a bit rusty, there are lots of places to practice. The data shows a little practice will make you a lot better.
Nearly all commercial jobs will ask you to occasionally look at the graphs or tables. Data tells a story, and you need to understand what the story is if you are going to make decisions.
Error spotting & attention to detail
Not noticing an extra zero, or misleading a graph axis causes no end of headaches in the working world. Spotting errors, and being careful not to make them in the first place is a vital skill.
Problem-solving and analytical skills
Thinking analytically and using logic to solve problems is vital for most commercial jobs. Often this is about taking a step back, not panicking, and breaking the problem down into simpler steps.
The test, Mapped, will contain one or more of these elements. Check out the video of how people use these skills, and then head over to start practicing for the test.
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