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## Basic Telling Time - Sample Math Practice Problems

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### Complexity=1, Mode=60

What time is it?

1.   Which clock shows the same time as this?

2.   Which clock shows the same time as this?

### Complexity=1, Mode=30

What time is it?

1.   Which clock shows the same time as this?

2.   Which clock shows the same time as this?

### Complexity=2, Mode=60

What time is it?

1.   Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest hour:

2.   Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest hour:

### Complexity=2, Mode=30

What time is it?

1.   Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest half hour:

2.   Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest half hour:

### Complexity=1, Mode=60

What time is it?

1Which clock shows the same time as this?

Solution
The hour hand (shorter, fatter hand) is near 11. Look at the minute hand to be sure which hour it's in. The minute hand (longer, skinnier hand) is point up at the hourly starting position, so the minute is :00.
2Which clock shows the same time as this?

Solution
The hour hand should be pointing at the 5, and the minute hand should be pointing up at the hourly starting position, the 12 (there is no '0').

### Complexity=1, Mode=30

What time is it?

1Which clock shows the same time as this?

Solution
The hour hand should be past 12 & halfway to the next number. Since 30 minutes is half of one hour, the minute hand should have gone halfway around, to point down.
2Which clock shows the same time as this?

Solution
The hour hand (shorter, fatter hand) is near 8. Look at the minute hand to be sure which hour it's in. The minute hand (longer, skinnier hand) is point up at the hourly starting position, so the minute is :00.

### Complexity=2, Mode=60

What time is it?

1Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest hour:

Solution
Roman numeral 1, 2, 3 are I, II, III.
Roman 4 is a Roman 1 to the left of a Roman 5: IV.
Roman 5 is of course V.
Roman 6, 7, 8 are VI, VII, VIII.
Roman 9 is a Roman 1 to the left of a Roman 10: IX.
Roman 10, 11, 12 are X, XI, XII.

The hour hand (shorter, fatter hand) is near 1. Look at the minute hand to be sure which hour it's in. The time is in the first (right) half the hour, so call it 1:00.
2Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest hour:

Solution
We are not yet at the half hour (:30), so look for the clock that says 11 o'clock.

### Complexity=2, Mode=30

What time is it?

1Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest half hour:

Solution
Roman numeral 1, 2, 3 are I, II, III.
Roman 4 is a Roman 1 to the left of a Roman 5: IV.
Roman 5 is of course V.
Roman 6, 7, 8 are VI, VII, VIII.
Roman 9 is a Roman 1 to the left of a Roman 10: IX.
Roman 10, 11, 12 are X, XI, XII.

We are in the 4 o'clock hour, so look for the short hour hand somewhere between 4 and 5. To the nearest half hour means to the nearest :00 (long skinny hand ) or :30 (long skinny hand ). For :32, the minute hand should be near :30 in the bottom half of the clock, so look for .