Map Reading Practice

Map Reading Skills

The critical skill on map reading questions is to find the most direct route.  Practice identifying the shortest or most direct route between two locations on a map.

Map Key

Each square labeled A to Z and A1 to A20, represent the corner of an intersection. The lines between the squares represent a city block. The intersections and city blocks fall
under 3 categories.

Large blocks: A, B,F, H, N, Q, R, U, W, Y, A3, A5, A7, A9,
A11, A14, A17, A19

Small blocks: C, D, E, I. J, L,M, O, P, S, T, V, X, A1, A4,
A10, Z, A12, A15, A16, A18, A20

Mini blocks: G, K, A2, A6, A8, A13

The time it takes to travel from one city block to another is:
Large blocks
In a car: 4 minutes
On a bike: 6 minutes
On foot: 10 minutes

Small Blocks
In a car: 3 minutes
On a bike: 5 minutes
On foot: 8 minutes

Mini Blocks
In a car: 2 minutes
On a bike: 4 minutes
On foot: 6 minutes

Important Note:  When you go from, say, A to N, you do not transverse N – but arrive AT N.

Map Questions

1. What is the shortest time it would take a woman to go from block A to S driving a car?

a. 11 minutes
b. 7 and half minutes
c. 8 minutes
d. 13 minutes

2. What is the shortest time it would take a man to go from A to S if he drove the first two blocks, then rode a
bike the rest of the way?

a. 18 minutes
b. 12 minutes
c. 17 minutes
d. 15 minutes

3. A student has to walk home from block U to R. What is the shortest time it would take him if he had to go
through block Q?

a. 38 minutes
b. 32 minutes
c. 37 minutes
d. 29 minutes

4. A police patrol car in block Y has to respond to a call in Block G. How fast can they get there if they are forced
by traffic to avoid Block S?

a. 20 minutes
b. 19 minutes
c. 14 minutes
d. 17 minutes

5. How fast would it take a man on bike to ride from block Z to block A7 if he had to spend two minutes and
half along the way fixing his bike?

a. 22. 5 minutes
b. 22 minutes
c. 24.5 minutes
d. 24 minutes

Answer Key

1. D
The shortest route would take a car through A – G – H – S, covering two large blocks, a small block and a mini block. This would take 13 minutes by car.  (2 large blocks ( 4+4), a small block (+3) and a mini block (+2) = 13)

2. C
The shortest route from A to S is A – G – H – S, taking 6 minutes by car for the first 2 blocks and then rode a bike. Total time is 17 minutes.

3. A
The shortest route from U to R passing through Q is U – V – W – Q – R. Time to walk these blocks is 38 minutes. (A)

4. C
The shortest route from block Y to G, avoiding S, is Y – A1 – T – H – G. Time by car is 14 minutes.

5. C
The fastest route is Z – A2 – A4 – A6 – A8 – A7. Time by bike is 22 minutes, plus 2.5 minutes to fix the bike, for a total of
24.5 minutes.

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Date Published: Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Date Modified: Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

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  1. Anonymous
    August 29, 2022

    do u have more map reading practice

  2. Miranda Burrell
    September 15, 2022

    Small, mini and big block for question 1…. Can you explain how you got two big blocks?

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