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Did you know that 80% of Year 10 pupils gave wrong answers in a maths quiz? If you’re a teacher looking for a fun way to test your pupils’ knowledge, you may want to try using a Scratch activity! This learning project consists of a series of maths quizzes that may be used along with other lessons or courses.

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## 80% of year 10s gave wrong answers to maths quiz

According to a new study by the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 80% of year 10s gave the wrong answer to a simple maths quiz. For example, the students were asked to calculate the speed of a vehicle, and the majority answered three mph. The remaining 10% gave other incorrect answers. The study was based on a comparison of year nine pupils from 50 countries.

### Scratch activity for pupils

Creating a quiz game is a great way to incorporate Scratch into a maths quiz. First, load a blank copy of Scratch on the class computer to make the quiz game. Next, delete the cat sprite and import a character that will ask quiz questions. Be sure to import the character correctly so the pupil cannot delete the sprite during coding. Finally, students should use blocks to code the quiz game.

Scratch is an easy-to-use programming language that is free to use and works on almost any computer. Teachers will find it particularly useful in a maths quiz, as it allows pupils to learn computer programming while having fun. Moreover, it can be used in many other classroom activities, not just maths.

The Scratch activity also introduces pupils to the selection, which allows the program to vary depending on the player’s answers. After they learn how to use this tool, they can adapt the quiz to any topic. For example, they can modify their quizzes to change the background color when they get the correct answer. However, for the first quiz, it is best to limit the quiz to Maths. Keeping the quiz questions numerical is also essential, as this will allow pupils to test their understanding of mathematical concepts.

### Numbers given

You may come across a maths quiz question containing the following numbers: a car travels 75 kilometers per hour (or 75 meters per minute), a year has 365 days, and a man is four years older than his son. A precision number often accompanies these questions. The precision number will tell you how many digits are expected in your answer. The precision number can be harmful or have trailing zeroes.

The numbers given in a maths quiz will vary by grade level, but they will usually be multiple-choice questions. Each question will have four answers, and the student must select the one that fits the information. Maths quizzes are designed to help students revise concepts and make them think.

### Numbers are given at a party

If you want a mathematical quiz at a birthday party, here are some exciting and challenging maths questions: a car travels at 75 km/h (60 miles/h) while a man travels at 25 km/h (13 miles/h). The number of days in a year is 365. A man’s age is three times greater than his son’s ten years. If a man and a woman are married, the number of years between their ages is five.