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Numeric Entry Questions
 

This type of question requires you to enter the answer as an integer or a decimal. If the answer is a fraction, then there will be two answer boxes—one for the numerator and one for the denominator. Entering the answers is quite natural, but read the following official directions to make sure there are no surprises. We’ll discuss this type of question in the examples and exercises that follow.

 

Directions: Enter your answer as an integer or a decimal if there is a single answer box OR as a fraction if there are two separate boxes—one for the numerator and one for the denominator.

 

To enter an integer or a decimal, either type the number in the answer box using the keyboard or use the Transfer Display button on the calculator.

  • First, click on the answer box—a cursor will appear in the box—and then type the number.
  • To erase a number, use the Backspace key.
  • For a negative sign, type a hyphen. For a decimal point, type a period.
  • To remove a negative sign, type the hyphen again and it will disappear; the number will remain.
  • The Transfer Display button on the calculator will transfer the calculator display to the answer box.
  • Equivalent forms of the correct answer, such as 2.5 and 2.50, are all correct.
  • Enter the exact answer unless the question asks you to round your answer.

 

To enter a fraction, type the numerator and the denominator in the respective boxes using the keyboard.

  • For a negative sign, type a hyphen. A decimal point cannot be used in a fraction.
  • The Transfer Display button on the calculator cannot be used for a fraction.
  • Fractions do not need to be reduced to lowest terms, though you may need to reduce your fraction to fit in the boxes.




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