Sample Questions From the 1996 National Math Assessment

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Grade 4

N stands for the number of stamps John had. He gave 12 stamps to his sister. Which expression tells how many stamps John has now?

a. N + 12
b. N - 12
c. 12 - N
d. 12 x N

The correct answer is b.

Ms. Hernandez formed teams of 8 students each from the 34 students in her class. She formed as many teams as possible, and the students left over were substitutes. How many students were substitutes?

The correct answer is 2.

Sam can purchase his lunch at school. Each day he wants to have juice that costs 50 cents, a sandwich that costs 90 cents, and fruit that costs 35 cents. His mother has only $1 bills. What is the least number of $1 bills that his mother should give him so he will have enough money to buy lunch for five days?

The correct answer is nine dollar bills.

Grade 8

A car odometer registered 41,256.9 miles when a highway sign warned of a detour 1,200 feet ahead. What will the odometer read when the car reaches the detour?

a. 42,456.9
b. 41,279.9
c. 41,261.3
d. 41.259.2
e. 41,257.1

The correct answer is e.

Copies of the 1996 NAEP math-assessment results are available for free while supplies last from the National Library of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5641; or by calling (800) 424-1616. The report is on the World Wide Web:

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education.

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