What you need to know

Things to remember:

  • There are 60 minutes in an hour.
  • If the minute hand is pointing to the 9, then it “quarter to” (15 minutes to) the NEXT hour.

 

 

If the minute hand is pointing to the 3, that means “quarter” or “15 minutes” past the hour.

 

 

If the minute hand is pointing to the 6, that means “half past” the hour.

 

 

If the minute hand is pointing to the 9, that means “quarter” or “15 minutes” to the NEXT hour.

Let’s see we can tell the time from these positions:

 

 

The minute hand is pointing to the 3, so that means “quarter” past the hour. The hour hand is just past the 7, so this must mean “quarter past 7”.

 

 

The minute hand is pointing to the 6, so that means “half past” the hour. The hour hand is just after the 11, so this must mean “half past 11.

 

 

The minute hand is pointing to the 9, so that means “quarter” to the NEXT hour. The next number the hour hand will get to is the 1, so it is “quarter to 1”

Example Questions

Question 1: Which clock shows half past 8?

 

Answer

“half past” 8 means the minute hand should be pointing to the 6 and the hour hand should be after the 8.

 

The answer is Clock B.

Question 2: Which clock shows quarter past 9?

Answer

“quarter past” 9 means the minute hand should be pointing to the 3 and the hour hand should be after the 9.

 

The answer is Clock A.