by Becky Seruti - Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:16 PM

Hi I've sat the numeracy skills test multiple times now and keep failing. Today I had one question about 'teachers prospectus says they're ration is better than 1:12 teachers to pupils' there are 54 pupils and what is the minimum number of teacher the school can have I put down 4 teachers is this correct ? I have also had a formula type of question where the reading age is 25- N/10 n symbolises the number of one word syllables and a teacher found 115 words out of 150 so I did 25-115/10 and it gave me a number of -9 not to sure how to work out those questions. I've also had a question about a voucher accounting for up to 75km for a trip and it listed the different schools and you had to select which school qualified for the voucher all the options were below 40 km but I assumed they meant the journey there and back so I would always times the distances given by 2 and see which one would be below 75 km. Also the pie chart questions that come up on the qts are the one usual ones that tell you how much people are in involved now itsnmore about knowing the fraction sizes and how much they make up. I'm so sorry for the long post but I am really tired of failing every time I sit this test and keep getting the same questions come up would appreciate Andy's or anyone's help. Thanks

by Andrew Palmer - Friday, October 12, 2018, 06:55 PM

Hi Becky,

For the teachers to pupils ratio question think along these lines:

1:12 means 1 teacher to every 12 pupils. Now scale this up:

2:24

3:36

4:48 we can't stop at 4 teachers as this is only acceptable for a maximum of 48 pupils

5:60 means we have 5 teachers for up to 60 pupils, so 5 teachers is the answer here.

Rabbia is correct in her explanation so thanks for that

Just remember that if they wanted an answer in years and months and you have calculated 13.5 years then this would of course be 13 years and 6 months (not 5 months) since 0.5 = half a year = 6 months.

For the voucher question I need some more details to help out with that one.

by Rabbia Sulman - Saturday, October 13, 2018, 03:19 PM

Thanks Andy ,,

I have seen in your videos that whenever you will calculate distance (miles or km) it has to be two ways .

I didnt remember the exact values of voucher question but it was like school got voucher of 75km travel to any location . There were 4 to 5 places to visit like ,

zoo

muesum

art gallery

natural place something

and distance to zoo was like

zoo== 36.6km

muesum =38.8km

art gallery =40.2km

natural place = 42.0km

so to my calculation distance have to be from and to school back , so I added up both sides going and coming back to school and answer was zoo.My answer came up like 73.2km .

I hope this helps ,, but above values are not accurate , just an idea,

by Becky Seruti - Saturday, October 13, 2018, 07:12 PM

Thank you so much Andy and thank you so much Rabbia ! I really do hope you pass the next time you sit the next !

Andy could you also assist with the following?

A recipe makes 500g of cake uses 300g cake powder and 200ml of water. If you need to make 1.5kg of cake, how much of each ingredient would you need?

12 teachers put £5 into a leaving present fund. 3 teachers are leaving and the fund will be split equally, how much money will be in the fund for each teacher?

A Teacher can carry 6kg of books, each book weighs 500g, how many books can she carry?

A school needs 13 each of items below: Shirts price is 6.45 Cups price is 3.50 Spoons price is 2.35 A charity agrees to pay 60% of the total cost. How much does the school pay?