What are Math Skills?


We use math every day to budget money, follow recipes, arrive at appointments on time, and pay our bills. Math skills are the basic skills of multiplication, division, subtraction, and addition that we use each day. They also include geometry, statistics, and algebra. Some positions require the direct use of these, and some require indirect use.

When people talk about math skills and pre-employment math tests, they are referring to:

  • Computational skills – These are computations of whole numbers, decimals, or fractions that allow us to figure out a tip at a restaurant, for example.
  • Problem-solving – When we study math as students, we are developing our analytical and problem-solving skills, helping us make better decisions.
  • Approximation and estimation – We estimate our total at the grocery store as we go through the aisles and approximate distances as we drive.

Why are math skills important in the workplace?

People with strong math skills often are often good at time management, can construct logical arguments, and are adept at problem-solving, these skills are beneficial in many jobs.

Certain positions require the direct day-to-day use of mathematics, such as actuaries, statisticians, and cashiers. The ability to accurately solve math equations impacts a person’s ability to succeed in those types of jobs.

When hiring new employees, it’s important to understand their cognitive abilities. Cognitive abilities influence the type of work that people naturally excel in. The Berke Assessment provides guidance on whether a person’s natural abilities align with the requirements of the job.

Positions that require math skills.

Pre-employment math skills tests are important for the following positions:

  • Actuary – They have a knowledge of calculus, statistics, and probability so that they can quantify risk.
  • Cashier – They must have good math skills to count and handle large sums of money, and balance their cash drawers.
  • Accountant – They use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division every day to create tax reports, management reports, and reconciliations. They also balance bank statements, calculate rates of production, forecast expected costs, and deal with foreign currency and exchange rates.
  • Financial analyst – They assess the performance of bonds and stocks. They also estimate the value of companies and use complex statistical and mathematical techniques to generate financial data.

It’s important to understand what skills are needed for every job. Berke helps their customers define success with our predictive hiring profiles.

Other skills related to math skills.

Several other skills are related to math skills such as:

  • Problem-solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Time management

Berke Assessment

Berke measures four cognitive traits and seven personality traits. Hiring profiles are created to tailor assessments that are specific to the job, and job fit scores will give you an accurate analysis of whether a candidate is a low, medium, or high fit for the job. No more guessing if your candidate has the math skills required to excel in the position. Berke identifies the candidates that are the best fit for the available job so you can hire with confidence!

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