Basic Subtraction Practice Test for 1st Grade – [Hard]

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    Ah, the joys of subtraction! When your little mathematician starts venturing into the world of basic subtraction, it’s a testament to their growing cognitive skills. At Brighterly, we understand the significance of nurturing these skills in 1st graders. This article will serve as your guide to introducing the magic of subtraction to your first grader.

    Understanding the Concept of Subtraction

    Subtraction, in simple terms, is the act of taking away one amount from another. For a first grader, it’s essential to grasp the idea that subtraction means reducing or removing. Visual aids can be instrumental here.

    • Physical Objects: Use toys, fruits, or any other tangible items. If you have five apples and take away two, how many are left? Such visual demonstrations make the concept clearer to children.

    • Drawings: Sketch simple pictures or diagrams. If your child loves to draw, this is a brilliant way to blend their passion with learning.

    • Stories: Craft short stories that involve subtraction. “Sally had ten candies, she ate three, how many does she have left?”

    Worksheets and Practice

    Like any new skill, practice makes perfect. At Brighterly’s subtraction worksheets, we offer a plethora of worksheets designed especially for first graders. These worksheets are curated with the right mix of challenge and engagement, ensuring that children grasp the concept while having fun.

    • Sequential Worksheets: Start with simple problems and gradually increase the difficulty, ensuring the child isn’t overwhelmed.

    • Colorful Graphics: To keep the child engaged, our worksheets come adorned with fun, vibrant graphics.

    • Instant Feedback: With interactive online worksheets, children can get immediate feedback, reinforcing their understanding and boosting their confidence.

    Basic Subtraction Practice Test

    Welcome to the Hard Level subtraction test, specially crafted for our ambitious 1st graders by the Brighterly team! Diving deeper into the world of subtraction, this test challenges young minds beyond the basics, pushing the boundaries of their budding mathematical skills. 

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    A bakery made 32 muffins. They sold 22 in the morning. How many muffins are left?

    2 / 15

    Jake had 19 toy soldiers. He gave away 8. How many toy soldiers does Jake have now?

    3 / 15

    A fish tank had 24 fish. 10 were sold. How many fish remain in the tank?

    4 / 15

    A box had 27 crayons. 15 were used for a project. How many crayons are still unused?


    5 / 15

    David had 31 toy blocks. He gave 18 to his cousin. How many toy blocks does he have left?

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    A garden had 28 flowers. 19 were picked for a bouquet. How many flowers remain in the garden?

    7 / 15

    Lucy had 22 candies. She ate 14 of them. How many candies does she have left?


    8 / 15

    There were 29 balloons at the party. 16 popped. How many balloons are still intact?

    9 / 15

    Liam saved 20 coins. He spent 11 on a toy car. How many coins does he have left?


    10 / 15

    There were 26 birds on a tree. 18 flew away when a cat approached. How many birds remained on the tree?


    11 / 15

    Emily had 27 books. She donated 15 to the library. How many books does she have now?

    12 / 15

    Jacob had 23 marbles. He lost 12 of them while playing. How many marbles are left?

    13 / 15

    There are 30 students in a class. 17 went on a field trip. How many students stayed behind?

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    Tommy collected 25 seashells at the beach but gave away 13 to his sister. How many seashells does he have now?

    15 / 15

    Sarah had 18 cookies. She shared 9 with her friend. How many cookies does she have left?

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