FIGURE C-12 Peanut butter label used in NALS.

of a single higher level operation, such as multiplication. In this example, readers are shown a menu and are required to compute the cost of a specified meal and use multiplication to determine a ten percent tip.

Quantitative Level 5. Quantitative literacy tasks at level 5 required a person to perform multiple arithmetic operations sequentially, when the features of the problem had to be extracted from text; or when background knowledge was required to determine the quantities or operations needed.

Sample Quantitative Item (Level 5): Interest Charges (Figure C-13)

Task: Use the ad for Home Equity Loans to answer this question.

You need to borrow $10,000. Explain to the interviewer how you would compute the total amount of interest charges you would pay under this loan plan. Please tell the interviewer when you are ready to begin.

The answer is correct if the speaker explains the two basic steps in computing the total interest charges, i.e., the monthly payment ($156.77) times the number of payments (120) equals the total loan payment; the



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