Before you begin your first course at BIR Training Center, your math skills will be assessed. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if you will need additional courses. These sample questions will show you the kinds of questions to expect in the actual assessment.

You will find a range of math tasks here. There are basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with whole numbers, decimals and fractions. You will compute time, length, and prices, and use percentages. You will get numerical information from charts and tables and descriptive statements. This sample includes items that are about the same level of difficulty as the actual placement test. You’ll find answers to these sample questions at the end.

What is the discount on shoes, if the shoes are originally priced a $48.00 and are now priced at 25% off?

a) $25.00 b) $36.00 c) $12.00 d) $23.00

Question 8

You want to buy socks at $5.00 and a shirt at $15.00. You see the sale sign for 25% off. What would you pay in total for both items, after the discount?

a) $15.00 b) $5.00 c) $20.00 d) $17.00

Question 9

Directions: Refer to the check and the check stub to answer the question:

You have written the check shown above. What is your new balance?

a) $750.66 b) $770.16 c) $947.91 d) $730.66

Question 10

Directions: Refer to the check and the check stub to answer the question:

After your new balance (with the check deducted from Coffee Mart), how much money would you have in your account if you wrote a check for $125.00?

a) $855.56 b) $605.66 c) $952.54 d) $852.53

Question 11

Directions: Refer to the chart to answer the question:

How much interest would you receive for a 1 year CD on a $1,000.00 investment in this bank?

a) $13.50 b) $15.00 c) $1.35 d) $135.00

Question 12

Directions: Refer to pay stub to answer the question:

What is the total amount of Victoria Buchannon's taxes and deductions?

a) $785.04 b) $928.50 c) $2005.19 d) $2819.47

Question 13

Directions: Refer to pay stub to answer the question:

What is the amount of Victoria Buchannon's net pay (after subtracting all taxes and deductions)?

a) $928.50 b) $785.04 c) $2005.19 d) $2819.47

Question 14

Directions: Refer to the chart to answer the question:

If a family drove a vehicle that used 20 miles per gallon, what was the difference in cost of their 2011 trip compared with their 2012 trip?
a) $6.00 b) $8.00 c) $123.54 d) $131.54

Question 15

Directions: Refer to the chart to answer the question:

In 2012, what was the total cost of the trip for the vehicles that used 15, 20, and 25 miles per gallon?
a) $60.00 b) $290.49 c) $309.29 d) $78.30

Question 16

Directions: Refer to the dials to answer the question:

Dial E is a volume scale. What number does the arrow point to?
a) 15.4 b) 15.2 c) 16.8 d) 16.7

Question 17

Directions: Refer to the dials to answer the question:

Dial A is a weight scale. What number does the arrow point to?
a) 302 b) 305 c) 310 d) 322

Question 18

Directions: Read the following information and use the chart to answer the question:

LaToya Mantra gets paid monthly as a sales person for an electronics retailer. However, she is now trying to save her money to purchase a new laptop computer. She gets a bonus every three months at her job for extra sales that she makes, which may help her purchase the computer at an earlier date.

LaToya’s

Rent:

$800.00 per month

CTA bus fare:

$96.00 per month

Utilities:

$125.00 per month

Cell phone:

$75.00

Groceries:

____________

Entertainment:

____________

LaToya's

NetPay:

$1900.00 per month

Bonus:

$300.00 every three months (approximately)

If LaToya puts $90.00 in a savings account for her computer each month, how much would she save after 1 year? a) $900.00 b) $22,800.00 c) $1,200.00 d) $1,080.00

Question 19

Directions: Read the following information and use the chart to answer the question:

LaToya Mantra gets paid monthly as a sales person for an electronics retailer. However, she is now trying to save her money to purchase a new laptop computer. She gets a bonus every three months at her job for extra sales that she makes, which may help her purchase the computer at an earlier date.

LaToya’s

Rent:

$800.00 per month

CTA bus fare:

$96.00 per month

Utilities:

$125.00 per month

Cell phone:

$75.00

Groceries:

____________

Entertainment:

____________

LaToya's

NetPay:

$1900.00 per month

Bonus:

$300.00 every three months (approximately)

Without adding in her bonus, how much money does LaToya have to spend on groceries and entertainment per month?
a) $1,200.00 b) $804.00 c) $1,096.00 d) $1,100.00

Question 20

Directions: Study the catalog listing for ordering a battery tester and answer the question:

Shipping charges are computed at a rate of $0.08 per ounce. What would the shipping cost be for six Battery Testers?
a) $4.56
b) $0.48
c) $124.92
d) $128.92

Question 21

Directions: Study the catalog listing for ordering a battery tester and answer the question:

How much sales tax would your pay if you ordered three Battery Testers?
a) $2.70 b) $27.29 c) $64.47 d) $5.80