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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