BODMAS is an important element in Maths and understanding it is essential if you are to succeed in your studies. Without it, GCSE Maths is completely out of bounds!
We thought it would be fun to find out what percentage of school children understand what BODMAS stands for and our survey graphs demonstrate this for different age groups. By the way, BODMAS is an acronym to help you remember Brackets, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.
If you want a full explanation of BODMAS along with a short video on the subject then pay a visit to our explanatory page.
To test whether children understood the BODMAS acronym we asked our survey respondents to choose from a list of 5 plausible explanations as follows:
We then counted the number of correct answers and the number of incorrect answers to produce the graphs.
We wouldn’t expect primary school children to choose the correct answer but a good proportion did. BODMAS is not usually introduced until secondary school so either we have some very good guessers or big brothers and sisters helped out!
The 12 to 14 year old group did reasonably well but it was the 15 to 17 year old group who impressed the most with only 14% of the survey participants choosing incorrect answers.
If you’re coming up to GCSEs and want some handy advice on preparing for the exams, check out our GCSE Exams Revising Tips article.
It seems that after leaving school a large proportion of adults forget about BODMAS because their results show a retrograde step. Let’s hope that the 22% of adults who got it wrong are not responsible for building bridges or developing high speed trains!
The Internet survey was conducted between 19th January 2020 and 25th January 2020. A total of 1,546 children responded in the following groups: