# Can you solve this middle school math problem – without a calculator?

## Most adults fail this simple math test – but can you figure out the right answer?

Classic brain training methods are perhaps puzzles like crosswords or sudoku, but in recent times I have become more and more attracted to the type of challenge you’ll see below.

These types of puzzles have been flooding the web lately, probably because they are really fun!

These are old classic mathematical problems. When you were in middle or high school.

These tests are more fun when you find yourself trying to remember the math you learned as a child.

### Can you solve this math test– without a calculator?

Here is the challenge, in the picture below.

At the top of the picture we see the task and then three possible answers.

Which solution do you think is the correct one?

Are you smart enough to solve it?

To make it a little easier, we thought it was only fair to give you a few options – so you have A, B or C.

To get the right answer, one has to remember the order in which they should solve things.

A

B

C

D

E

The first thing to do is to figure out the solution to the problem inside the parenthesis.

2 + 1 = 3

Then you have to do the multiplication. In this case, the number before the parenthesis, multiplied by the result of the problem inside it.

7 x 3 = 21

Now the rest becomes very easy.

5 + 21= 26

The answer is: 26, option B

Did you get it right? Congratulations!