# Arithmetic and Reasoning

Discussion in 'Primary' started by misshughessph, May 11, 2016.

1. So . . .now that we can talk about them, what was the question that wasn't on the curriculum and which one had two possible answers?

2. I think it was the percentage one where it said ( cant remember the numbers but something like )
15% x 450. ( rather than the usual 15% OF 450
Some children worked out 15% of 450 and then multiplied this BY 450 cassandramark2 likes this.
3. I thought that would be the tough one. I imagine it threw a fair few children. There is still only one answer though.

The one that was 2/5 x 140 was a bit mean as the mark scheme only accepts 56, not 280/5.

4. Not sure if this had been commented on before but I opened a couple of MLP (modified large print) versions of the arithmetic paper for two girls only to find the print smaller than the standard version. 1 managed to see it, the other opted for the standard as she couldn't read the "large" print. Does anyone check this stuff?

5. Please can a maths expert let me know if 280/5 is acceptable as an answer.

On the sample test, question 30 is 17 x 1 1/2 .

The answer given is 25 1/2 and the additional guidance says...Accept equivalent fractions or an exact decimal equivalent, e.g. 25.5

Is there a mathematical reason why equivalent fractions aren't specified in the additional guidance for this year's question?

6. I think I remember reading in the instructions (which we read out at the beginning of the test ) that if the question had a mixed fraction the answer should be given as a mixed fraction...something along those lines anyway.