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## Telling Time - Sample Math Practice Problems

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### Complexity=1, Mode=15

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=15

What time is it?

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

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

### Complexity=3, Mode=5

What time is it?

 1.   Enter the time, to the nearest five minutes: Time: : 2.   Enter the time, to the nearest five minutes: Time: :

### Complexity=1, Mode=15

What time is it?

1Which clock shows the same time as this?

Solution
The hour hand (shorter, fatter hand) is near 10. Look at the minute hand to be sure which hour it's in. The minute hand (longer, skinnier hand) has gone a quarter of the way around to point right, and a quarter of an hour is 15 minutes. So the time is 10:15.
2Which clock shows the same time as this?

Solution
The hour hand should be past 8 & halfway to the next number. Since 30 minutes is half of one hour, the minute hand should have gone halfway around, to point down.

### Complexity=2, Mode=15

What time is it?

1Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest quarter 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.
To the nearest quarter hour means to the nearest :00 :15 :30 or :45.
The minute hand should be pointing right-ward (→ to 3).
2Choose the time closest to this, to the nearest quarter hour:

Solution
The hour hand (shorter, fatter hand) is near 4. Look at the minute hand to be sure which hour it's in. To the nearest quarter hour means to the nearest :00, :15, :30, or :45. The minute hand is pointing right-ward, so look for 4:15.

What time is it?