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This may sound like a silly question but does anyone know if we are allowed to use a calculator in the maths test? I am fairly good at maths and I know the theories behind percentage finding etc but when it comes to long division and multiplication in this day and age do we need to work it out ourselves? For example if a question was in a school of 850 students 319 were females so what is this percentage. Its easy to know it would be 319÷850 × 100 would give the answer but could we use a calc for the sum part?

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Fair enough but it seems quite silly. Surley by getting to the correct answer you are showing that you understand maths. In this day and age who would need to work out long multiplication etc? Even if you were the best mathematician in the world if you have a mobile phone or a calc why would u waste time doing long sums? Oh well ill have to get my gcse bite size books from the loft

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Don't look at it as a maths test.

It's a mental capacity test, to see if your mental capacity can deal with complex problems.

It's a mental capacity test, to see if your mental capacity can deal with complex problems.