# Lesson 4 – Percentages simplified

### Lesson 4 – Percentages simplified

**It’s easy to do the math on your calculator without converting the percentages to decimals.**

But you *must* press the % sign on the calculator to get the right answer.

The CUPE National Per Capita Department often sees this miscalculation in the per capita reports.

Doing the math on a calculator without converting the percentage to a decimal number goes like this:

500

×

25

%

Now you try. I’ll wait…

**Do the math on your calculator.**

Did you get the same answer?

Is your answer $125?

If you got $12,500, it’s probably because you forgot to enter the % sign after 25.

If that’s what happened, take a moment to try again. We will wait for you.

**Do the math on your calculator, if needed.**

Did it work this time? Great!