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Figuring Out Fractions during Your Numeracy Test

Part of the Numeracy Tests For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Don’t let fractions fox you! When you’re revising for your numeracy test, follow these quick and simple steps to add or take away two fractions:

  1. Multiply the top and bottom of the first fraction by the bottom of the second. Write down your new fraction.

  2. Multiply the top and bottom of the second fraction by the bottom of the first. Write this down.

  3. Do the original sum (add or take away) on the tops of your answers from steps 1 and 2.

  4. Write the number on the bottom of both fractions underneath your answer to step 3. This is your answer.

To find a fraction of a number, just multiply the number by the top of the fraction and divide it by the bottom.

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