Here’s a SSAT sample question to help you practice the type of ratio problem you may find on the quantitative section of the Upper Level SSAT.

What Are Ratio Problems?

A ratio compares one quantity with another. When two numbers are compared by division, the indicated division is called a ratio. When two ratios are equal, they form a proportion. A ratio can be expressed in several ways. For example, the ratio 5 to 10 can be expressed as:

5/10       5 ÷ 10    5:10

SSAT Sample Question for the Ratio Problem:

Joan picked 16 pears, 8 peaches, 6 plums, 2 apples, and 4 bananas

at the grocery. What was her ratio of plums to all fruit purchased?

(A) 6:26

(B) 6:30

(C) 1:6

(D) 3:17

(E) 1:5

Answer Key:

(C) 1:6

The total number of pieces of fruit: 16 + 8 + 6 + 2 + 4 = 36

The ratio of plums to total = 6/36 = 1/6  = 1:6

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