# Map Scales

## Test your understanding of map scales expressed as ratios with this self marking quiz.

##### Level 1Level 2Exam-StyleDescriptionHelpRatioMeasures

This is level 1: straight-forward questions about map scales expressed as ratios You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct and you do this activity online.

 1. A map scale is give as 1:10000What is the real distance between two points 50cm apart on the map?Give your answer in kilometres. km 2. A different map has a scale of 1:50000What is the real distance in kilometres between a church and a lake 12cm apart on the map? km 3. A rambling club use a map with a scale of 1:25000 to plan a Sunday morning hike. Using a piece of string they measure their route to be 24cm. What is the actual distance (in kilometers) of the hike? km 4. On a map of scale 1:100 000 the distance between Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London is 7.7cm. What is the actual distance in kilometers? km 5. How many metres long is flower garden if it is 19.5cm long on a 1:5000 scale map? m 6. The distance between Wolverhampton and Stafford is 27 kilometers. How far apart (in centimetres) will they be on a 1:50000 map? cm 7. The distance between Southampton and Eastleigh is 7.5 kilometers. How far apart (in centimetres) will they be on a 1:25000 map? cm 8. The distance between Bangkok and Tokyo is 14.5 cm on a 1:25 000 000 scale map of the world*. Using this fact calculate the actual distance in kilometers. km 9. The actual distance between Singapore and Sydney is 6302 kilometers. Calculate the distance between these two cities in centimetres, to the nearest centimetre, that should represent this distance on the 1:25 000 000 scale map of the world*. cm 10. A cycling club use a map with a scale of 1:25000 to plan a Sunday afternoon ride. They measure the route to be 112cm long.Ryder Spoke takes part in the afternoon ride but has a puncture after 26km and decides to walk (pushing his bike) for the remaining section of the route. How far (in kilometers) does Ryder push his bike? km
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* Questions involving the map of the world do not take into account the curvature of the earth. That's a little too advanced for this exercise on map scales!

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## Description of Levels

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Level 1 - Straight-forward questions about map scales expressed as ratios

Level 2 - More complex questions including the calculation of areas.

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## Example

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