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Multi-step Problems

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This is level 3; Mixed multi-step problems. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct.

1. A train starts from Honeyville with 166 passengers. At Trumpton, 34 more passengers board the train and 20 get off. At Low Hill, 58 more passengers board the train and 31 get off. How many passengers are now on the train?


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2. A book has 1500 pages. On the first day, Jimmy read 218 pages. On the second day, he read 163 pages. On the third day, he read 162 pages. How many pages are left to read?


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3. Sally bought 8 notebooks for £3.50 each and 5 pens for £2.50 each. How much money did she spend in total?


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4. Manjit bought 6 packs of stickers, with each pack containing 30 stickers. She gave 33 stickers to her friend. How many stickers does Manjit have now?


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5. A car traveled a distance of 360 km in 4 hours. If the car traveled at a constant speed, how far can it travel in 7 hours?


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6. There are 80 children in a playground. If one fifth of them are playing soccer and the rest are playing basketball, how many children are playing basketball?


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7. Tom has £92.61. He spends £18 on a game and then gives £5 to each of his 8 friends. How much money does Tom have now?


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8. Michelle has 89 small chocolate bars. She wants to divide them equally among her 9 friends and keep 8 bars for herself. How many bars does each friend receive?


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9. A box contains 100 marbles. If one fifth of the marbles are blue, three tenths are red, and the rest are green, how many marbles are green?


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10. A rectangular lawn has a length of 20 metres and a width of 15 metres. If a path of one metre wide is built around the lawn, what is the total area of the path?


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This is Multi-step Problems level 3. You can also try:
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Level 1 - Addition and subtraction multi-step problems

Level 2 - Multiplication and division multi-step problems

Level 3 - Mixed multi-step problems

More Arithmetic including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and self-marking exercises.

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