# How to Calculate Percentage

Use these steps to calculate percentage, without a calculator.

### Instructions

- Step 1:
**Write a division problem**Write a division problem by dividing the unknown percentage of the total by the total. - TIP: When you are calculating a percentage less than 100, always divide the smaller number by the larger number.
- Step 2:
**Complete the division**Complete the computation using long division. The result – or quotient – will include a decimal. - 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. - TIP: Move the decimal point in the quotient two places to the right to multiply by 100.
- Step 4:
**Pick up the check**Pick up the check. You no longer have an excuse to be a lousy tipper! - FACT: Did you know? The percent symbol can be traced back to the 15th century, when it was used in business transactions.

### You Will Need

- A pen or pencil
- Paper