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# Numerical skills - questions in context

The paper usually begins with question one split into three parts, each part is a routine non-calculator question like these examples, but from question two onwards, non-calculator skills may be assessed in the context of a problem.

## Examples

### 2010, Question 4

Question

A bottle holds 175 millilitres of cod liver oil.

Billie takes one 5 millilitre spoonful each day.

How many days will the bottle last?

This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator.

175 ÷ 5 = 35

### 2009, Question 5

Question

Nicola's mobile phone bill has arrived.

Due to a mark on the bill, one of the entries cannot be read.

Tick-Talk Mobile

Date: 24 April 2009

Calls and Texts: £13.20

Total: £15.51

How much did Nicola pay in Value Added Tax?

This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator.

£15.51 – £13.20 = £2.31

### 2008, Question 3

Question

A high speed train travels at a speed of 115 miles per hour. What distance will it travel in 4 hours?

This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator.

115 x 4 = 460

### 2008, Question 7

Question

A street has a row of 10 parking spaces for coaches.

Each parking space is 13.8 metres long.

Find the total length of all 10 parking spaces.

This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator.

13.8 x 10 = 138

### 2007, Question 2

Question

Fred bought a bicycle in a closing down sale, where there was 20% off all marked prices.

The marked price was £150.

How much money was taken off the marked price?

This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator.

20% of £150 = £30