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Video: Can you successfully answer a 6th grade math question?

New figures released show only 53 per cent of students in Ottawa’s English school boards managed to meet the province's math standard. How do their elders do when tested?

How well did these people do answering a basic Grade 6 math question?

Adam Kveton / For Metro

How well did these people do answering a basic Grade 6 math question?

A recent province-wide study has shown that Ontario Grade 6 students – including many in Ottawa – just aren’t that great at math. About half the students failed to meet the province’s math standard.

Those in Ottawa’s two English boards didn’t fare much better. New figures released this week show only 53 per cent of the students in Ottawa’s English school boards got a passing grade.

So Metro decided to do a little test – admittedly, a very un-scientific one. We asked six people in Ottawa a basic math question that a Grade 6 student would be expected to know.

What is: Four, to the power of two, divided by two, plus five?  

Half of Ontario's grade 6 students didn't meet the provincial standards in math, so we took to the streets of Ottawa to test the adults.

As you’ve no doubt found out for yourself, the answer to the above math question is 13. Thought the question was too easy? Too hard? Well, here’s another for you:

Betsy has a bakery. She uses 128.4 g of flour to make six muffins. How much flour does it take to make 72 muffins?

Tweet us your answers to @metroottawa where we will post the answer.