**Weeks and days are measures of time** - how many more can you think of?

There are plenty of devices used to measure time. Watches and clocks are two of the familiar ones. Did you know a sundial also tells the time? And if you want to boil an egg making sure the yolk is still runny, what do you use? An egg-timer! You may not have heard of candle clocks or water clocks, but candle clocks go back thousands of years!

This is the first of four 11-plus Maths quizzes on time. This is quite an easy quiz, so you shouldn't have any problems with it.

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1.

Why is 'time' important?

It makes us buy watches

It makes us learn how to tell the time

It puts events in order by telling us when they happened, happen or will happen

It isn't really important

For example: John spoke to Peter yesterday; he is now speaking to Andrew and he will speak to Dave tomorrow. Time isn't just for 'telling the time'. In grammar, time is divided into past, present and future

2.

If you saw the time 7:25, how would you say this in words?

Twenty-five past seven

Twenty-five past eight

Twenty-five to eight

Thirty-five past seven

If the number of minutes doesn't pass '30', the time is read as 'so many minutes (less than 30) PAST the give hour, e.g. '2:20' is read as twenty past two. You need only use the word 'minutes' if the number of minutes is NOT a multiple of 5, e.g. '3:22' is read as twenty-two minutes past 3 because 22 is NOT a multiple of 5

3.

If you saw the time 7:40, how would you say this in words?

Forty to eight

Twenty past eight

Twenty past seven

Twenty to eight

If the number of minutes passes '30', the time is read as 'so many minutes (less than 30) TO the next hour', e.g. '6:35' is read as twenty-five to seven. It's 25 minutes because 35 minutes have already passed: 25 + 35 = 60 = the number of minutes in an hour. You need only use the word 'minutes' if the number of minutes is NOT a multiple of 5, e.g. '3:42' is read as eighteen minutes to four because 18 is NOT a multiple of 5

4.

It is 12 noon. If your watch is running one hour slow, what time does it show?

We don't know because it is running slow

1 o'clock in the afternoon

11 o'clock in the morning

11 o'clock at night

Noon is midday: 12 o'clock is the middle of the day

5.

If your friend asked you to meet him at exactly 3 pm, when would you meet him?

At 3 o'clock in the afternoon

At 3 o'clock in the morning

At some time in the afternoon after 3 o'clock

At some time in the morning before 3 o'clock

pm = post meridiem = between 12 noon and 12 midnight; am = ante meridiem = between 12 midnight and 12 noon. Learn this!

6.

How many weeks are there in a fortnight?

None - a fortnight is four days

4

2

3

This means there are two fortnights in a month

7.

Which one of the following is the same as 7 days?

A decade

A year

A month

A week

Seven days in a week. The ancient Roman and Greek weeks had eight days

8.

Which one of the following can't be the number of days in a month?

31

30

28

27

February has the least number of days: 28 days

9.

How many weeks are there in a calendar year?

50

48

51

52

52 weeks in a year

10.

How many months are there in a leap year?

13

12

11

10

The number of months NEVER changes. D'oh!

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