Ten Practice Questions for Real-World Maths Tests

Christina measures the width of her bookshelves with an old tape measure marked in inches. She knows that one inch (imperial) is about 2.5 centimetres (metric). Approximately how wide are her bookshelves in metric?

A: About one metre

B: About 65cm

C: About 6.5 metres

D: About 10cm

Answer: B: About 65cm. The bookshelves measure about 26 inches, which is 26 x 2.5 = 65cm.

Here's the price list at a farmer’s market stall. Nick buys 500 grams of mushrooms, 4 kilograms of potatoes, 3 peppers and 1 kilogram of apples. How much does this cost him?

A: £7.35

B: £4.55

C: £8.15

D: £7.00

Answer: A: £7.35. The mushrooms cost 80p, the peppers £2.25, the potatoes £2.80 and the apples £1.50. Adding those up gives £7.35.

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