Elementary Arithmetic: Addition

Elementary Arithmetics - Addition (quiz and brief tutorial)
A typical example of manual arithmetic is this pencil-and-paper addition. The five numbers are the summands (or addends or terms), and the result below the horizontal line is the sum. The handwritten digits on the top are the carries.

!! If you are familiar with the elementary concepts of addition, e.g. because you have taken the quiz before, YOU MAY SKIP THE THEORY PART and head down to take the math quiz and test your knowledge !!

Addition is the (most) basic operation of arithmetic. It is very simple and straightforward, as you don’t have to worry in which order you add theterms, thus a+b = b+a, and a + (b+c) = (a+b) + c.

This is a result of the associative law of addition.


While “a+b” is called the sum of “a” and “b”, there are a variety of designations used for “a” and “b”:

  • The most accurate appelations for “a” would be first addend, and for “b” second addend.
  • Sometimes “a” is also called augment.
  • “a” or “b” can also be called addend(s) or summand(s) or simply term(s).

In the following a quiz with a variety of questions that test your knowledge and skill level in elementary arithmetics.

Do not use a digital calculator, but try to solve the questions in your head. You can also use paper and pencil or the note/memo app on your smartphone to carry out manual arithmetics (carry and borrow operations).


Once you push the button below the clock starts ticking!!

Click the button to take the test!

This quiz must be completed in 10 minutes.