About the exam
The paper usually begins with one or two questions which are routine non-calculator question like the examples given in the table above.
From question two or three onwards, non-calculator skills may be assessed in the context of a problem. Examples of non calculator skills being tested in the context of a problem are shown below.
A bag contains 27 marbles. Some are black and some are white.
The probability that a marble chosen at random is black is.
This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator in part (b)
of 27 = 15
Cleano washing powder is on special offer.
Each box on special offer contains 20% more powder than the standard box.
A box on special offer contains 900 grams of powder.
How many grams of powder does the standard box contain?
This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator.
120% = 900g
20% = 900 ÷ 6 = 150g
100% = 150 x 5 = 750g
Note – This is NOT the only way to solve this problem
Given that f(x)=x2 + 3
This question requires you to carry out the following calculation without a calculator in part a).
(-4)2 + 3
= 16 + 3
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