# Can you do this maths test?

2 March 2012

Some 17 million adults in England have basic maths skills that are no better than an 11-year-old’s, a new report suggests. But how would you compare?

Brush up on your maths skills with the following sample questions from the Skills for Life survey.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the answers (no cheating)

Q1. To clean a work surface, how much bleach is needed in half a litre of water?

CONCENTRATED BLEACH
Use diluted

- for work surfaces and basins (40ml bleach in five litres water)
- for bleaching whites (20ml bleach in five litres water)
Soak for no longer than 45 minutes, rinse thoroughly

A) 2ml
B) 2.5ml
C) 4ml
D) 20ml

Q2. How much bleach do I need to use in 2 litres of water to bleach whites?

CONCENTRATED BLEACH
Use diluted

- for work surfaces and basins (40ml bleach in five litres water)
- for bleaching whites (20ml bleach in five litres water)
Soak for no longer than 45 minutes, rinse thoroughly

A) 5 litres
B) 20ml
C) 10ml
D) 8ml

[Related link: Millions struggling with maths]

Q3. The jacket potatoes and chicken joints have to be ready at 7.45 sharp.
When should Mick start to prepare them?

Chicken joints: five minutes to prepare, 35 minutes to cook.
Jacket potatoes: 15 minutes to prepare. One and a quarter hours to cook.

A) Potatoes at 6.15 and chicken at 7.05
B) Potatoes at 6.45 and chicken at 7.15
C) Potatoes at 6.30 and chicken at 7.05
D) Potatoes at 6.15 and chicken at 7.30

Q4. Four friends have joined a gym to lose weight and get fit. After one month they recorded their weight loss on a chart.  How much weight have they lost between them?

Weight loss after one month

Jo – 500 grams
Hasran – 1 kilograms
Kevin – 1 kilograms 200grams
Cathy – 750 grams

A) 2 kilograms
B) 2 kilograms 450 grams
C) 3 kilograms
D) 3 kilograms 450 grams

Q1. C - 4ml
Q2. D - 8ml
Q3. A - Potatoes at 6.15 and chicken at 7.05
Q4. D - 3kg 450g

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