Lesson Worksheet: Data Collection Mathematics

In this worksheet, we will practice recognizing the differences between, and the advantages of using, primary and secondary data sources.


Which of the following statements is not true?

  • ASecondary data is data collected by the researcher themselves.
  • BPrimary data is data collected by the researcher themselves.
  • CQuestionnaires are a source of primary data.
  • DFocus groups are a source of primary data.
  • EWeb pages are a source of secondary data.


Which of the following is not a source of secondary data?

  • ATeaching and research organizations
  • BResearch journals and newspapers
  • CInternet
  • DGovernment organizations
  • EQuestionnaires


Which of the following is not a source of primary data?

  • APersonal investigation
  • BQuestionnaires
  • CTelephone calls
  • DResearch journals and newspapers
  • ELocal sources


A teacher asked their students to collect data on the effect of action video games on children from different websites on the Internet. What is the type of data collected?

  • APrimary data
  • BSecondary data


Which of the following statements is true?

  • APrimary data is not original.
  • BSecondary data is more reliable than primary data.
  • CThe cost of collecting primary data is more than that of collecting secondary data.
  • DSecondary data is not necessary, while primary data is necessary.
  • ESecondary data is original.


Which of the following is most likely to be an advantage of a secondary source?

  • ABeing more reliable than primary sources
  • BProviding information that is unavailable elsewhere
  • CProviding a variety of expert perspectives
  • DConsuming more time in gathering than primary sources
  • EProviding information directly from the original source


Fill in the blank: Something written or a work of art created about an event in World War II by someone who was in the war is considered .

  • Aa secondary source
  • Ba primary source
  • Cboth a primary and a secondary source


A student is writing a report about satellites. He uses a science magazine as a reference to know about the topic. Is he using a primary or a secondary source?

  • APrimary
  • BBoth primary and secondary
  • CSecondary


Fill in the blank: Primary sources can be used for .

  • Asupporting an argument with newspaper articles
  • Breviewing and analyzing secondary sources
  • Cgaining summarized information on a topic
  • Dgathering information from other sources that cannot be accessed directly
  • Emaking new inventions and discoveries


A student wants to know her community’s favorite type of music. She does so by collecting data from her school and asking people about their favorite type of music. Is she collecting primary or secondary data?

  • APrimary
  • BSecondary
  • CBoth primary and secondary

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