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## Are you as smart as an eighth grader?

Liz Bowie

7:35 PM EDT, July 11, 2012

The Maryland School Assessments came out yesterday; and while nearly 90 percent of the elementary students across the state can pass the tests, it seems everything changes when students walk into their middle school. Middle school pass rates were much lower, particularly in eighth grade. Below are some sample questions that can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education website.  I have pasted a couple sample questions for eighth graders for readers to take. You can find the answers on the MSDE website.

The distance between the bases on a baseball diamond is 90 feet, as shown below.

What is the distance ( ), in feet, between home plate and second base? Round your answer to the nearest whole number.

1. 90
2. 127
3. 135
4. 180

President Abraham Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches tall. An artist wants to make a larger-than-life statue of Lincoln using a scale of 1 inch = 2 feet. How tall will the statue be?

1. 12 feet 8 inches
2. 25 feet 4 inches
3. 76 feet
4. 152 feet

Taylor was earning an income of \$1,000 a week. Then his income was reduced by 10%. Two months later, his income increases by 10%. How much is Taylor earning, in dollars, after his income increases?

1. \$990
2. \$999
3. \$1,000
4. \$1,100

Alexandra conducted a survey of 50 candles made by several different workers at a candle factory. She determined that 4% of the candles had mistakes. Based on the results of Alexandra's survey, what prediction can she make about the next 500 candles made by these workers at the factory?

1. 4 candles will have mistakes.
2. 20 candles will have mistakes.
3. 40 candles will have mistakes.
4. 200 candles will have mistakes.

Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

School was closed due to the adverse weather conditions. Adverse means _____.

1. windy
2. difficult
3. slippery
4. snowy

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