Can you answer these daily math questions? The good news is – you can use a calculator


Can you answer these daily math questions? The good news is – you can use a calculator.

Ahead of National Numeracy Day on Wednesday 18 May, a new quiz has been made to see how confident you are in your daily math skills – from calculating a discount on a purchase to choosing a product based on the best value for money .

The quiz was created after research found that millions of Britons have their heads in the sand about rising living costs – because they do not have the numbers to figure things out.

A survey of more than 3,000 adults showed that of the 40 percent who avoid the subject, nearly seven out of 10 feel that there is little they can do or that it is just out of their control.

As many as 69 percent said their lack of math skills had not been a major issue for them in the past – until now, when the cost of living crisis hit.

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National Numeracy Day is organized by the charity National Numeracy and Founding Supporter KPMG, which has commissioned the research.

Bina Mehta, chair of the UK Professional Services Company, said: “The rising cost of living is putting our nation’s computing skills under scrutiny.

“We use all the numbers to get around everyday – from understanding interest rates to calculating value for money when shopping – but almost half of the UK working population has the expected math skills as a primary school child.

“This has real consequences for those who lack confidence, making them more vulnerable to debt, unemployment and fraud.

“In addition to the worrying effects on individuals, poor arithmetic skills also hamper our country’s productivity and ability to combat inequality.

“Numerical skills – along with reading skills and lifelong learning – are an important building block for improved social mobility. They lay the foundation for a healthier and more inclusive economy. ”

It also found that while half of the adults said they were confident in their total monthly expenses, 45 percent are dependent on someone else doing some or all of the bills for them.

And recent price increases have left 45 percent struggling with the budget, 37 percent with a loss in how much things still have to cost, and 57 percent looking for ways to increase their money.

More than a third (36 percent) also admitted that it’s just too stressful to even start thinking about how they will pay the bills.

But the survey showed that 38 percent feel uncomfortable seeking help for everyday math.

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Sam Sims, CEO of Charity National Numeracy, said: “As this new study shows, low arithmetic can prevent us from having control over our money and seeking help when we need it.

“But anyone can increase their confidence with numbers. National Numeracy has helped over 420,000 people do this.

“Being confident in math can help us understand our money, and with the cost of living crisis, this is more important than ever.

National Computing Day raises awareness of the importance of math skills in personal life, career development and business.

“And it allows people to take the first steps to improve their number security and skills at this critical time.”

Some examples of everyday math might be adjusting a recipe to serve more or fewer people, or figuring out if they’ve got the right change.

A third said that previous experiences made them question their mathematical skills, and to the same degree, they feel that they are always wrong.

Of those who lack confidence in numbers, 49 percent would like to improve their arithmetic skills but do not know where to start.

While 49 percent have joked with their lack of math skills to downplay something they are actually worried about.

But 48 percent believe that lack of confidence in arithmetic skills has held them back, according to OnePoll figures.

KPMG UK’s Bina Mehta added: “Nearly a third of people think that if you are bad at numbers, there is no way to improve, but we have to dispel that myth. It is a skill like any other. that can be improved.

“Now more than ever, our combined efforts will help build confidence in numbers for all. It may not be a silver bullet to solve the cost-of-living crisis on its own, but it’s the core of helping people navigate it with confidence.”

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