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# Question about GCSE maths exams

1. In an exam my teacher says always show your workings. Say if I was asked to calculate 250 x 2, would I write down 250 x 2 = 500 or would I have to work this out using the column method? I already know that 250 x 2 is 500
2. (Original post by JackT2000)
In an exam my teacher says always show your workings. Say if I was asked to calculate 250 x 2, would I write down 250 x 2 = 500 or would I have to work this out using the column method? I already know that 250 x 2 is 500
If you were asked to calculate that it would probably only be worth one mark. You could just put 250 x 2 = 500.
If you were asked to calculate that it would probably only be worth one mark. You could just put 250 x 2 = 500.
No I mean in worded questions? By workings I mean can I just write down x + y = 200 or do I need to use a written method
4. (Original post by JackT2000)
In an exam my teacher says always show your workings. Say if I was asked to calculate 250 x 2, would I write down 250 x 2 = 500 or would I have to work this out using the column method? I already know that 250 x 2 is 500
If you already know it, I don't see any reason to have to use the column method. If it was something like 275 x 381 then obviously you'd be expected to show a method in a non-calculator paper, but other than that, I cannot see why basic multiplication should have to be shown methodically.

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