# How to Calculate Percentage

Use these steps to calculate percentage, without a calculator.

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#### You Will Need

• A pen or pencil
• Paper

## Steps

1. Step 1

#### Write a division problem

Write a division problem by dividing the unknown percentage of the total by the total.

2. When you are calculating a percentage less than 100, always divide the smaller number by the larger number.

3. Step 2

#### Complete the division

Complete the computation using long division. The result – or quotient – will include a decimal.

4. Step 3

#### Multiply by 100

Multiply the resulting quotient by 100 to convert it to a percentage. This is the percentage of the original amount.

5. Move the decimal point in the quotient two places to the right to multiply by 100.

6. Step 4

#### Pick up the check

Pick up the check. You no longer have an excuse to be a lousy tipper!

7. Did you know? The percent symbol can be traced back to the 15th century, when it was used in business transactions.