Can You Pass This Elementary School Math Test?

Kids today... are tackling some serious math problems. Take this test to see if you can keep up with the average fifth grader—don't worry, answers and explanations are included!

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Will there be math?

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Does the thought of arithmetic make you break out in a cold sweat? People tend to fear a little number work, but without it our world would be a much duller place—check out how numbers make our world beautiful.

Nevertheless, some children genuinely struggle (look out for these signs that your child may be battling serious math anxiety). If you find math tricky, don't despair! Most straightforward math questions can be solved by thinking clearly and breaking things down into logical steps. Here's what kids are up to these day—take a shot at these elementary math problems.

Multiplying whole numbers

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223 X 8

Solution

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This can be easily solved by breaking it down into steps:

 

200 X 8 = 1,600

 

20 X 8 = 160

 

3 X 8 = 24

 

1,600 + 160 + 24 = 1,784

 

So 223 X 8 = 1,784

Multiplying decimals

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0.41 X 9

(By the way, don't fall for these decimal tricks used by restaurants.)

Solution

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Again, breaking the calculation into steps is helpful:

0.4 X 9 = 3.6

 

0.01 X 9 = 0.09

 

3.6 + 0.09 = 3.69

 

Answer: 0.41 X 9 = 3.69

Find the missing number

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68 + 37 + 1,000 + ________ + 11 = 1,559

Solution

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This is a two-step question.

 

First, add all the numbers you've been given:

 

68 + 37 + 1,000 + 11 = 1,116

 

Next, subtract 1,116 from 1,559 to find the missing number:

 

1,559 – 1,116 = 443

 

Lastly, you can check your answer by adding all the numbers (including the 'missing' 443) together to make sure they total 1,559.

 

Answer: the missing number is 443

Division with remainder

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68 ÷ 12 = ?

Solution

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Good knowledge of your times tables is an essential math skill, and will help you solve this quickly.

 

12 X 5 = 60, leaving 8 as a remainder.

 

Answer: 68 ÷ 12 = 5 r 8

Calculating percentages

 

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