About Ratios, Rates, & Proportions:

In math, a ratio is a comparison of two quantities. It’s used when we want to compare the quantity of one thing versus the quantity of something else. A rate is a special type of ratio where the comparison involves different units. Most often, we are looking for a unit rate. A unit rate is the amount of one thing when compared to a single unit of another. When two ratios or two rates are equal, they are known as a proportion.


Test Objectives
  • Demonstrate the ability to find and write a simplified ratio
  • Demonstrate the ability to find and write a simplified unit rate
  • Demonstrate the ability to determine if two ratios represent a proportion
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve proportion word problems
Ratios, Rates, & Proportions Practice Test:

#1:

Instructions: Solve each problem.

ratio example with 8 apples, 4 oranges, and 6 pineapples

a) State the ratio of apples to oranges

b) State the ratio of pineapples to apples

c) State the ratio of apples to oranges to pineapples


#2:

Instructions: Solve each problem.

a) Global bakery sells muffins, which are created from a secret mixture. To create their secret mixture, they use a starter mixture, which contains 27 cups of flour for every 14 cups of sugar. If the starter mixture contains a total of 820 cups of both flour and sugar, how many cups of each are present?


#3:

Instructions: Solve each problem.

a) The new model Z car has a 17.9-gallon fuel tank. Under optimum conditions, the car can travel 1074 miles on a full tank of gas. What is the mpg rating for this car under optimum conditions?


#4:

Instructions: Determine if the following represents a proportion.

$$a)\hspace{.1em}\frac{5 \hspace{.2em}apples}{13 \hspace{.2em}oranges}? \frac{10 \hspace{.2em}apples}{20 \hspace{.2em}oranges}$$


#5:

Instructions: Instructions: Determine if the following represents a proportion.

a) The scale of a local wall map is 2 inches: 59 miles. What is the distance on the map between Ronnan and Jeryville, two cities that are 678.5 miles away?


Written Solutions:

#1:

Solutions:

a) 2:1

b) 3:4

c) 4:2:3


#2:

Solutions:

a) 540 cups of flour, 280 cups of sugar


#3:

Solutions:

a) 60 mpg (miles per gallon)


#4:

Solutions:

Not a proportion


#5:

Solutions:

a) 23 inches