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Maths I

About the exam

General - questions in context

From question 2 onwards, non-calculator skills may be assessed in the context of a problem.

2010, Question 10

Question

When on holiday in Spain, Sandy sees a pair of jeans priced at 65 euros.

Sandy knows he gets 13 euros for £10

What is the price of the jeans in pounds?

Answer

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

65 ÷ 13 = 5

5 x 10 = 50

2008, Question 2

Question

In the "Fame Show", the percentage of telephone votes cast for each act is shown below.

  • Plastik Money 23%
  • Brian Martins 35%
  • Starshine 30%
  • Carrie Gordon 12%

Altogether 15 000 000 votes were cast.

How many votes did Starshine recieve?

Answer

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

30% of 15 000 000

= 3 x 1 500 000

= 4 500 000

2007, Question 5

Question

In an experiment Rashid measures the temperature of two liquids.

The temperature of the first liquid is -11º Celcius.

The temperature of the second liquid is 23º Celcius.

Find the difference between these temperatures.

Answer

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

23 - (-11) = 34º

2007, Question 8

Question

Pamela sees a bracelet costing £65 in a jeweller's window.

The jeweller offers Pamela a 5% discount.

Pamela decides to buy the bracelet.

How much does she pay?

Answer

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

5% of £65 = £3.25

£65 - £3.25 = £61.75

2007, Question 10

Question

There are 720 pupils in Laggen High School.

The ratio of boys to girls in the school is 5 : 4.

How many girls are in the school?

Answer

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

720 ÷ 9 = 80

80 x 5 = 400

80 x 4 = 320 (or 720 – 400 = 320)

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