What’s Your Best Guess?

Does the child need to know this for the AQE or GL Test?

For every check on what could be tested, your first port of call should always be the test specification and in the AQE specification (under the Operations and their Applications), it states “Engage in a range of activities to develop understanding of the four operations of number and their interrelationships; Questions will not be set on appreciation of the use of brackets”.

Therefore, kids DO need to know to do the multiply / division first and then do the plus / minus afterwards, so this question is really just exploring the maths basics. 


Invariably, when these questions are shared on social media, people sometimes comment with this acronym (BODMAS or BIDMAS). As cryptic as that may sound, it’s basically an easy way to remember the order that you need to do your mathematical calculations where there is more than one mathematical operator ( x / + – ). So you do them in the order of brackets, indices (or of for BODMAS), division, multiplication, addition, subtraction.

However, as mentioned above, you don’t need to think about brackets (or indices), but you do need to know that ‘division and multiplication is calculated before addition and subtraction’.

The Solution.

Like everything, it’s easy when you know how.

Once you know to multiply first, you do this part of the sum before the others. A great tip is to isolate the multiplication sum by putting brackets around it – it just makes it easier to see it. Using brackets in no way changes the mathematical answer.

So you go from the Question:
3 – 3 x 6 + 2 = ??

3 – (3 x 6) + 2 = ??

3 – 18 + 2

Which is 
+5 – 18
= -13

Is This Too Tough?

The whole point of any practice question is to learn and it’s not about just getting it right!

OK, admittedly this one may be a little (not a lot, just a little) tricky and only because it’s entering into a negative number answer, but if the child was confident with their approach and knew they had to multiply first, this should not be a problem.

At the very least, hopefully this has provided a good discussion with the child and they are now assured that they should do the multiplication part first! 💕

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