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Arithmetic skills refer to the questions that can be solved by using
addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division.

On many questions, you’ll need to recall your order of operations. A
good trick to recall your order of operations is “Please Excuse My Dear
Aunt Sally”…before you say “huh?” recognize the first letters in this
phrase:

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Work within Parenthesis
Simplify Exponents
Multiplication and Division
Addition and Subtraction

The majority of arithmetic questions will require you to take multiple
steps, and will likely test other skills as well, instead of being purely
arithmetic. Often, the questions will be presented in the form of word
problems, where you will need to decide when to add, subtract,
multiply and divide.

For example:

How many egg cartons are needed to hold 300 eggs, if each carton
can hold one dozen (1 dozen = 12)

A. 15
B. 18
C. 22
D. 25
E. 28

Note: the answer is 25

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