(Original post by kisses)
I am very anxious about this part of the test as I'm finding it difficult to complete the questions in the time provided. I listen twice to make sure I haven't missed anything out and that gives me a much shorter time to answer the questions.
1. How long do you have to complete each question in the actual mental maths test?
2. Are the questions harder than the practice tests on the skills website?
3. Please link any great online resources or books
4. Any other useful tips or tricks would be useful
1) Same timing as in the practice tests, but bear in mind you get a whiteboard to use
2) Nope, I found them a little easier. I still couldn't answer a couple of them in time - and I'm certain I got quite a few wrong! - but generally there's less steps
per question. It's more like 'calculate this', rather than 'calculate this and
this to figure out a wider problem'
3/4) I used the 'Skills Tests for Dummies' book, but generally the most useful thing was to note down points that I kept on forgetting (both for the mental bit and otherwise) into a document, then I focused on revising that before the test. Knowing conversions between fractions/decimals/percentages is very important (e.g. 1/8 = 12.5%), the 24 hour clock, and being able to simplify fractions (knowing your times tables helps for that).
The Numeracy skills test is easier than the practice ones, so if you can get to the point where you're passing the practice ones, I think you'll be fine for the real thing.