# Percentages Quiz

## Show that you can calculate simple percentages in your head by trying this self-marking quiz.

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This is level 6: use a calculator to find percentages. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 questions correct and you do this activity online.

1. What is 55% of 700?

2. Find 95% of £800.

£

3. Calculate 35% of \$900.

\$

4. Find 89% of £641 giving your answer to the nearest penny.

£

5. Find 8% of \$125 giving your answer to the nearest cent.

\$

6. Calculate 28% of 60.8 giving your answer to one decimal place.

7. Find 9% of 2053.3 giving your answer to two decimal places.

8. There are 2700 pupils at Transum School. 67% of them say that they like Marmite. How many do not like Marmite?

pupils

9. Find 63% of £324 giving your answer to the nearest penny.

£

10. 1100 people took part in an experiment in which they are asked to choose their favourite animal to have as a pet. 21% of them chose a cat. How many of them did not choose a cat?

people

11. If there are 7.147 billion people in the world and 41% are sleeping right now calculate how many people are awake giving your answer in billions to three decimal places.

billion

12. Subtract 92% of 80 from 80% of 92 giving your answer as a round number.

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This is Percentages Quiz level 6. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

## Instructions

Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

"It goes without saying that pupils should at some point learn the strategies to do all of these simple percentage calculations in their head without calculator of even pencil and paper. Although a trophy is available for getting seven questions right pupils should really get help to correct their mistakes and only collect a trophy for getting every answer correct. Refresh the page to get a different set of questions so that you can practice many times."

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Level 1 - Find 50% of numbers and quantities

Level 2 - Find 10% of numbers and quantities

Level 3 - Find 25% of numbers and quantities

Level 4 - Find 33⅓% of numbers and quantities

Level 5 - Find other simple percentages of quantities

Level 6 - Use a calculator to find percentages

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

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## Curriculum Reference

See the National Curriculum page for links to related online activities and resources.

% - This is the percent symbol.
Percent means 'out of 100'.

### Find 50%:

As 50 is half of 100, then 50% means half. To find 50% of a quantity you need to halve (or divide by two). So 50% of 6 is 3.

### Find 10%:

As 10 is one tenth of 100, then 10% means 'one tenth of'. To find 10% of a quantity you need to divide it by ten. So 10% of 800 is 80.

### Find 25%:

As 25 is one quarter of 100, then 25% means 'one quarter of'. To find 25% of a quantity you need to divide it by four. So 25% of 20 is 5.

Another way of finding 25% of a quantity is first finding 50% then dividing the result by 2.

### Find 33⅓%:

As 33⅓ is one third of 100, then 33⅓% means 'one third of'. To find 33⅓% of a quantity you need to divide it by three. So 33⅓% of 30 is 10.

### Find 1%:

As 1 is one hundredth of 100, then 1% means 'one hundredth of'. To find 1% of a quantity you need to divide it by 100. So 1% of 800 is 8.

### Find other percentages:

Other percentages can be found by combining some of the techniques mentioned above. Here are some examples:

• To find 75% of a quantity add together 50% and 25% of it.
• To find 20% of a quantity double 10% of it.
• To find 5% of a quantity halve 10% of it.
• To find 66⅔% of a quantity double 33⅓% of it.
• To find 90% of a quantity subtract 10% from it.
• To find 80% of a quantity subtract 20% from it.
• To find 2% of a quantity double 1% of it.
• To find 52% of a quantity add 50% to 2% of it.

If you need to use a calculator to check your working. See Calculator Workout skill 3.

### Commute

Did you know that if you are struggling to mentally work out 24% of 50 you can switch the numbers round and work out 50% of 24 instead. Finding 50% is very easy isn’t it? You will get the same answer.

Finding a percentage of a quantity is an example of a commutative calculation. Not all operations are commutative. Subtraction certainly isn’t as 10 minus one is not the same as one minus ten.

You can use this trick to improve your ability to do this type of calculation quickly if you find the switch makes it easier.

Practise with 12% of 50, 4% of 25 and 75% of 10.

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