8 Things We Tell Students to Remember Before Sitting the Numeracy QTS Skills Test

1.  I will pass this test.

2. 1/8 = 12.5% and 3/8, 5/8, 7/8 -  to find them out, use the multiple.

3. 6 x 7 = 42, 7 x 7 = 49, 8 x 7 = 56, 8 x 8 = 64. 

4. Believe you know your timestables.  You do, you showed me you could do them in class

5. 10 x 12 = 120, 5 x 12 = 60......You can work out the rest from using these two as building blocks.  e.g 6 x 12.  Find 5 x 12 and then add on 12.

6. 10% is the building block for finding other percentages.  Want to know 40%, find out 10% and then multiply by 4.  Want to find 5%?  Find 10% and then halve.

7.  Chunking up is the opposite of division.  Use the x10 chunk.  Chunking is easier than division for 2 digit numbers.

8.  For fractions, you need 10 or 100 on the bottom of the fraction.  Or to simplify e.g 9/24, divide top and bottom by 3.