## UPPER LEVEL SSAT SAMPLE QUESTION: POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE NUMBERS

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

**What Are Positive and Negative Numbers?**

The whole numbers (0, 1, 2, 3…), together with their opposites (0, -1, -2, -3…), are called integers. The counting numbers (1, 2, 3…) are positive integers and are sometimes represented by the symbols +1, +2, +3… The numbers -1, -2, -3… are negative integers. The number 0 is neither positive nor negative. When two negative numbers are multiplied, the result is a positive integer.

**SSAT Sample Question for Positive and Negative Numbers:**

−4(−3)² =

(A) −24

(B) −36

(C) 36

(D) 144

(E) −144

**Answer Key:**

** (B) −36**

−4 × 9 = −36

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