Specific instructions will be included within a question when a response needs to be entered in a particular way. This is most often the case with the use of negatives, when **rounding** may be an issue, or if an answer may be N/A or 0.

If the specified instruction is not followed, the response(s) will be graded as incorrect.

# Rounding

Below is an example of Rounding instructions. Rounding instructions often include an example.

**How to Round**

Rounding on our platform follows standard rounding convention.

- If the following number is
**less than 5**, round**DOWN**. - If the following number is
**5 or higher**, round**UP**. - Most rounding will be done to a specified number of decimal places.

**Examples**

When asked to round to two (2) decimal places, your answer should reflect no more than *two digits* to the right of the decimal using the convention above:

- 2.2538 rounds to 2.2
**5**since the 3 that follows the 2nd decimal place is*less than*5. - 2.2558 rounds to 2.2
**6**since the 5 that follows the 2nd decimal place is*equal to*5. - 2.2568 rounds to 2.2
**6**since the 6 that follows the 2nd decimal place is*greater than*5.

Occasionally, you may be asked to round to a whole number. The same convention applies. If the following digit is *less than* 5, round down. If the following digit is *equal to or greater than* 5, round up.

- 2.2538 rounds to
**2**since the 2 that follows the decimal is*less than*5. - 2.5558 rounds to
**3**since the 5 that follows the decimal is*equal to*5. - 2.7568 rounds to
**6**since the 7 that follows the decimal place is*greater than*5.

When needed, you will also be instructed on * when *to round. For example, not until your final answer.