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Ratio Problem Solving Worksheet

Ratio Problem Solving Worksheet

Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free ratio word problem  worksheet of 44 questions and answers

  • Section 1 of the ratio word problem worksheet contains 36 skills-based ratio word problem questions, in 3 groups to support differentiation
  • Section 2 contains 4 applied ratio word problem questions with a mix of worded problems and deeper problem solving questions
  • Section 3 contains 4 foundation and higher level GCSE exam style ratio word problem questions 
  • Answers and a mark scheme for all ratio word problem questions are provided
  • Questions follow variation theory with plenty of opportunities for students to work independently at their own level
  • All questions created by fully qualified expert secondary maths teachers
  • Suitable for GCSE maths revision for AQA, OCR and Edexcel exam boards
  • Free downloadable and printable resources

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Ratio problem solving at a glance


Ratios can be written as part to part or part to whole. This varied interpretation is necessary when solving worded problems.


Dividing a quantity by a given ratio:

The quantity is divided by the total sum of the parts of the ratio and then multiplied by each required part within the ratio.


Fraction word problems (and percents):

For the part to part ratio A:B, the fraction of the ratio that is A is equal to A (the numerator) divided by A+B (the denominator); the part to whole ratio A:C would be expressed as the fraction A divided by C. To convert the fraction to a percentage, we determine the equivalent fraction where the denominator is equal to 100.


Simplifying and equivalent ratios:

We can simplify ratios by dividing each part of the ratio by a common factor. Writing ratios in their simplest form makes it easier to visualise the relationship between the quantities in the ratios. It also makes it easier to use the ratios. Just as we can simplify ratios by dividing each part by a common factor, we can find other equivalent ratios by multiplying each part by a common number. We can use equivalent ratios to solve problems.


Ratio and proportion word problems:

Ratio word problems may ask us to write a ratio, simplify a ratio, divide a quantity into a ratio or use a ratio to find quantities. We can use a bar model to represent a given ratio and this can help us visualise the ratio problem more easily. 


Rate word problems:

Writing a ratio in the form 1:n allows us to compare two quantities and determine their unit rate. This could be a currency conversion, the price per litre of fuel, or the speed of an object (compound measures).


 Looking forward, students can then progress to additional ratio and proportion worksheets, for example a speed, distance, time worksheet or a direct proportion worksheet.




For more teaching and learning support on Ratio and Proportion our GCSE maths lessons provide step by step support for all GCSE maths concepts.


You will find free worksheets with real life problems and exam style questions for each topic. Each math worksheet is accompanied by an answer key. 


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