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Back to school: How would you do in a 4th Class maths test?

Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

Hey - you can't ask the minister for help! That's cheating!
Hey - you can't ask the minister for help! That's cheating!
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

NOW, FIFTH CLASS, put your books away and fold your arms. You. Yes, you. In the back. Pay attention.

Now, a pháistí, I hope you all had a lovely summer – but you’re back to school now and we need to see just how much you remember from maths last year.

Now – you! I said pay attention! – this is a test just like the one you did at the end of 4th Class. I’m going to give one out to each of you, and depending on how you do, we’ll see if there’s some bits from last year that we need to go over again.

You have an hour to finish your test. No calculators, and no cheating!

  1. Make as many three-digit numbers as you can from the digits 1, 8 and 6. Give your numbers in order, beginning with the largest.
  2. Which number is nearer to 5,000: 4,328 or 5,675?
  3. How many days are there in 9 full weeks?
  4. Without a calculator, multiply 26 by 37.
  5. If 34 children each buy one packet of sweets, per day, and there are 11 sweets in every packet, how many sweets will they have bought in the month of March?
  6. How many small boxes of eggs (with 6 each) can you fill from a crate, if the crate has 350 eggs in it?
  7. What is the lowest common multiple of each of the following sets of numbers?
    a) 4 and 6
    b) 6 and 8
    c) 6 and 9
    d) 5 and 7
    e) 5, 6 and 8
  8. Express 0.05 as a fraction in its simplest form.
  9. In the number 6.478, express the digit in bold as a fraction.
  10. Write down every (whole, positive) number which could complete the following inequalities:
    a) 3 plus __  is less than 7
    b) 4 minus is greater than > 3
    c) 8 plus __ is less than  11
    d) 5 times __ is less than 34
    e) (4 x 4) minus __ is greater than 11
  11. Using the names of 3D shapes, how would you describe the shape of a normal box of cereal?
  12. Identify each of the following angles as being either acute, right, reflex, straight, or obtuse:
    - 33°
    - 105°
    - 88°
    - 89°
    - 90°
    - 91°
    - 159°
    - 195°
    - 259°
    - 359°
  13. How many:
    a) Centimetres are there in a metre?
    b) Square centimetres are there in a square metre?
    c) Centimetres cubed are there in a cubed metre?
    d) Millilitres are there in a litre?
    e) Square millimetres in a square millimetre?
  14. How heavy (not including the carton) is a litre of water?
  15. Write each of the following times in the 12-hour clock.
    - 15:15
    - 23:19
    - 0:00
    - 11:12
    - 12:00
  16. If there is a one-minute break between each round, and a fight consists of four rounds with two minutes each, how much time passes between the opening bell and the closing bell of a women’s boxing match?
  17. Katie Taylor won three matches in the Olympics. Ignore the breaks between rounds. How many minutes in total did she fight for?
  18. Express your answer from Question 17 in seconds.
  19. If you buy groceries worth €4.39, and you give the shopkeeper a €10 note, how much should you be given in change?
  20. If the shopkeeper gave you back your change from Question 19 using coins only, what is the minimum number of coins the shopkeeper could give you?

Extra question for bonus marks:
Let’s pretend you’re running a boxing competition in which 15 people are taking part. Each fight will have four rounds each, where each round has three minutes. Assuming that no fights are stopped early, how many minutes of fighting will take place before a winner has been found?
(As soon as a boxer loses, they’re out of the competition. You can ignore the breaks between rounds, and should try to make sure that every entrant has to fight as many times as possible in order to win. )

Leave your sheets on my desk on your way out at break-time. Your answers are below…

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