Subtraction Math Practice Test for 3rd Grade – [Medium]

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    Welcome to Brighterly’s definitive guide to mastering basic subtraction for 3rd graders. Subtraction is an essential skill that every young mathematician should grasp. As they advance in their academic journey, understanding subtraction serves as the foundation for various complex math topics.

    Understanding the Concept

    Before diving into the techniques, it’s crucial to get the idea behind subtraction. Imagine you have a box of 10 chocolates, and you decide to share some with your friend. If you give away 3 chocolates, how many do you have left? That’s right, 7 chocolates! Here, you’ve subtracted the number of chocolates you gave away from the original number.

    Key points to remember:

    • Subtraction tells us the difference between two numbers.
    • The number you start with is called the minuend.
    • The number you subtract is termed the subtrahend.
    • The result you get is the difference.

    Techniques for Easy Subtraction

    There are various techniques children can employ to make subtraction easier:

    1. Counting Backwards: Start from the minuend and count backwards until you reach the subtrahend. This method is ideal for smaller numbers.
    2. Using Number Lines: A visual tool where children can hop back on the line, equivalent to the subtrahend. Brighterly’s Worksheets offers a comprehensive look at this method.
    3. Regrouping: For larger numbers, regrouping, also known as borrowing, is a technique where you take a value from the next highest place value to make subtraction possible.

    Practice Makes Perfect

    Like any other skill, the key to mastering subtraction is consistent practice. At Brighterly, we provide a range of interactive subtraction games and worksheets specifically designed for 3rd graders. These resources keep the learning process fun and engaging, ensuring children get ample opportunities to refine their skills.

    Pro-tip: Always encourage kids to double-check their answers. This not only confirms accuracy but also reinforces the concept.

    In Conclusion

    Understanding and mastering basic subtraction in 3rd grade is a pivotal step in a child’s math journey. With a clear concept, effective techniques, and regular practice using Brighterly’s resources, every child can become a subtraction pro. Remember, math is not just about numbers; it’s about cultivating problem-solving skills and logical thinking. Happy subtracting!

    Subtraction Practice Test for 3rd Grade

    Get ready for math lessons with Brighterly! Designed with our young learners in mind, this test aims to challenge, engage, and strengthen their subtraction skills.

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    You had 68 candies and you gave 32 to your friend. How many candies do you have left?

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    In a garden, there are 92 flowers. 57 flowers were plucked. How many flowers are still in the garden?

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    The library had 115 books. 49 books were borrowed by students. How many books remain in the library?

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    There were 125 birds in the sky. 89 birds flew away. How many birds are still in the sky?


    5 / 17

    A toy store had 172 toys. They sold 85 toys. How many toys are left in the store?

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    A bakery had 143 cupcakes. 68 were sold during the morning. How many cupcakes are left?

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    In the zoo, there are 138 animals. 53 animals are inside cages. How many animals are outside cages?

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    On a tree, 157 apples are hanging. 64 apples fell to the ground. How many apples are still hanging on the tree?

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    A school has 190 students. 76 students went on a field trip. How many students are still in school?

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    There are 163 pens in a store. 48 pens were purchased by a school. How many pens remain in the store?

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    In a drawer, there are 174 socks. 59 socks are white. How many socks are not white?

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    A jar contains 137 candies. 42 candies are red. How many candies are not red?

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    In a park, 165 balloons were inflated. 73 balloons popped. How many balloons didn’t pop?

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    A factory made 158 toys. 71 toys were defective. How many toys were not defective?

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    There are 169 students in a grade. 62 students are girls. How many students are boys?

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    A box has 148 chocolates. 63 chocolates are dark chocolate. How many chocolates are not dark chocolate?

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    In a game, you scored 180 points. Your friend scored 65 points less than you. How many points did your friend score?

    Your score is


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