Can you figure out this challenging math problem? A lot of people get it incorrectly.

Challenge: Without using a calculator, can you figure out this middle school arithmetic problem?

Puzzles like sudoku and crosswords are probably the most traditional brain training exercises, but lately, I’ve been drawn to the kind of challenge you’ll find below.

These puzzles have been all over the internet lately, most likely because of their sheer entertainment factor!

These are traditional, archaic math problems. while you were in high school or middle school.

When you find yourself trying to recall the math you studied as a child, these math puzzles become even more enjoyable.

Are you able to determine the right answer?

The task and the four alternative responses are displayed at the top of the image.

Which answer, in your opinion, is the right one?

How did you think about it?

To find the right answer, take your time and give it some thought.

Completed? You can verify if you selected the correct number below!

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The right response

The right response is B: 12.

Why is answer number twelve correct?

As you may recall from your school days, multiplication is done before addition and subtraction in terms of the order of operations. Hence, you begin by solving 3 x 3, which yields 9.

Next, we have a more straightforward math issue: 3 + 9 – 3 + 3

Therefore, the response is 12.

Have you selected the right number? Best wishes!