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Multi-step Problems

Solve multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

Level 1 Level 2 Description More Arithmetic

This is level 2; Multiplication and division multi-step problems. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct.

I have 8 crayons which are each 17cm long. I also have a ruler which is 31cm long. How far would they reach be if I arranged them on the floor in a long line?


cm Correct Wrong
The angles inside an irregular hexagon add up to 720°. If three of the angles are 120° and two of them are 135° what is the size of the other angle?


° Correct Wrong
Frank has two boxes of screws. The first box contains 58 screws and the second box contains 98 screws. If he needs four screws for every model he makes, how many models can he make with the screws he has?


Correct Wrong
Using the most efficient method you can think of multiply together the numbers from 2 to 9 then divide the product by seven?


Correct Wrong
Farmer Brown has two fields of sheep. The first field contains 25 sheep and the second field contains 11 sheep. He can only transport the sheep to the shearing station nine at a time. What is the minimum number of journeys he needs to make?


Correct Wrong
A 50p coin weighs 8 grams. What is the value in pounds of two kilograms of 50p coins?


£ Correct Wrong
If four soldiers can stand on one square metre. How many soldiers could stand on a ractanguler parade ground measuting 50 metres long and 20 metres wide?


£ Correct Wrong
Six people share the cost of a meal in a restaurant. The total cost of the starters was £28, The total cost of the main courses was £39 and the total cost of the deserts was £71. How much does each person pay?


£ Correct Wrong
Ayden makes Christmas crackers. Each cracker contains a toy, 2 sweets and a party hat. If each toy costs 56p, each sweet costs 8p and each hat costs 25p, how much change will he have from £50 if he makes 16 crackers?


£ Correct Wrong
Six security guards are deciding on the times they should be on duty so that one of them is guarding the bank at every moment of every day of the week. They multiply the number of days in a week by the number hours in a day then divide the result by six. How nab hours will each guard have to work so that between them the whole week is covered?


hours Correct Wrong

This is Multi-step Problems level 2. You can also try:
Level 1


Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

When you have got all of the questions correct you may want to print out this page and paste it into your exercise book. If you keep your work in an ePortfolio you could take a screen shot of your answers and paste that into your Maths file.

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Description of Levels



Level 1 - Addition and subtraction multi-step problems

Level 2 - Multiplication and division multi-step problems


Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly.