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Common Core quiz: How many of these 6th-grade math problems can you answer?

A student studies for an exam on May

A student studies for an exam on May 1, 2013. Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

With New York State ready to hand out the Common Core exam this spring, how tough is the test?

See how much math you remember from grade school with these sample questions from the Grade 6 Mathematics Annotated 2014 State Test Questions, from

Note: Some questions have been slightly edited for space.


Paul bought a package of 6 spiral notebooks for a total cost of $13.50. Which equation represents p, the cost, in dollars, of each notebook?


The set of numbers 1, 7, 11, and 36 contains values for m. What value of m makes the equation below true? 4m + 8 = 36


Which expression is equivalent to 16a + 24b ?


Felicity babysat 2 hours each night for 10 nights. She earned a total of $180. She wants to calculate her hourly rate. How much did Felicity earn per hour babysitting?


Machines S and T were both cleaned this week. S is cleaned every 12 weeks. T is cleaned every 8 weeks. What is the next time they are cleaned again in same week?


The table below shows how much money a grocery store receives for selling different amounts of asparagus. If the unit rate is constant, what are the total sales for 12 pounds?

Question from the Common Core practice exam.

Question from the Common Core practice exam. Photo Credit:

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What is the value of the expression below when z = 7 ?

3z ? 3


In Ms. Perron’s class, 75% of the students are boys. There are 18 boys in the class. What is the total number of students in Ms. Perron’s class?


Which expression is equivalent to 5(d + 1) ?


Which expression is equivalent to 8x ? 2y + x + x ?


Which situation can be represented by the expression 1.3x?


Last year the girls’ basketball team had 8 fifth-grade students and 7 sixth-grade students. What was the ratio of sixth-grade students to fifth-grade students on the team?


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