Subject: Math question BEDMAS? Name: John Who are you: Other Ok, to be straight, i won a contest and they have a confusing format for the STQ. here it is: 11 (+) 44 (x) 2 (-) 10 (%) 25 I've never seen brackets around the operands and wondering how to treat it. I fear they want me to answer the question left to right as the answer is 4 if I use BEDMAS I get 98.6 (which clearly sounds wrong for what they want) any thoughts? Thanks John John, John, unless the skill testing question is for a contest related to health or medicine (standard body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), I would also suspect they want the answer 4. Your email came through with a percentage sign in it: 11 (+) 44 (x) 2 (-) 10 % 25 So ignoring bedmas and interpreting "%" to mean take 25% of the value on the left, you get 100 % 25 which is 4. (As well, "%" in this particular case could be division, which coincidentally also gives 4). I'm not sure how the "%" operator works in a calculator's order of operations. I really do wish that the designers of these so-called "skill-testing questions" had just a bit more skill themselves at arithmetic. The correct mathematical answer would always follow bedmas. Stephen La Rocque.>