Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Find out What Counts in a Job Application

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Find out What Counts in a Job Application

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'Bit of fun' league table of graduate numeracy grows out of practice tests. John Elmes reports

New rankings always interest universities, but a league table that assesses the numeracy performance of each university's graduates might interest them and terrify them in equal measure.

Saul Posel and Joe Morris, co-founders of Grad Diary, launched their website in 2010 to help graduates in the job market.

As part of the site, they set up free online numeracy tests for students to use for practice, in the event of such a test being a requirement in future job applications.

"The way that applications for companies - especially financially focused companies - are going, the majority require an applicant, at some stage, to take an online numeracy test," said Mr Posel. The data from these tests were compiled by Mr Posel and Mr Morris to create a ranking for individual universities based on their graduates' average scores out of 20, as each participant is asked to state the university they attended.

The first league table went live at the end of January and since then the number of people taking the test has jumped, as the rankings have gained a competitive edge.

Mr Posel said that although the table is currently "not the most serious thing in the world" and is "a little bit of fun to get people involved and thinking", it will be "a more central part of what we feature on the site" because it is a "genuinely useful" tool.

Who's in the top 10?

Earlier this month, the pair published a final table for the academic year 2013-14. …

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