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Map Scales

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

Level 1 Level 2 Exam-Style Description Help Ratio Measures

This is level 2: more complex questions including the calculation of areas. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct and you do this activity online.

1. What is the scale of a map on which four centimetres represents one kilometre?

    A. 1:25000
    B. 1:50000
    C. 1:100000
    D. 1:200000
    E. 1:5000000

Type the letter of your chosen answer into the answer box.

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2. Some students are planning to design a map of central London that will just fit on an A4 sheet of paper. The section of London they want to represent is 10km by 14km. Which of the following map scales should they choose?

    A. 1:25000
    B. 1:50000
    C. 1:100000
    D. 1:200000
    E. 1:5000000

Type the letter of your chosen answer into the answer box.

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3. An old Ordnance Survey one inch to the mile map shows that two lighthouses are exactly one foot apart. What is the actual distance between them in miles?

miles Correct Wrong

4. On a new Ordnance Survey 1:50 000 scale map a rectangular reservoir is 4cm wide and 9cm long. What is the area, in square kilometers, of the actual reservoir?

km2 Correct Wrong

5. On a 1:25 000 scale map a rectangular airfield is 6cm wide and 29cm long. What is the area, in hectares, of the actual airfield?
[1 hectare is 10 000m2]

ha Correct Wrong

6. What does an area of 6cm2 represent on a 1:100 map? Give your answer in square centimetres.

cm2 Correct Wrong

7. What does an area of 7cm2 represent on a 1:100 map? Give your answer in square metres.

m2 Correct Wrong

8. What does an area of 8cm2 represent on a 1:50000 map? Give your answer in square kilometres.

km2 Correct Wrong

9. Bala lake has an area of 4.84km2. What would the area of the image of the lake be on a 1:50000 map? Give your answer in square centimetres.

cm2 Correct Wrong

10. Lake Windermere has an area of 14.73km2. The area of the image of the lake on a 1:x scale map is 235.68cm2
Find x.

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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.

Exam Style questions are in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions and worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers.

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