Welcome to the order of operations worksheets page at MathDrills.com where we definitely follow orders! This page includes Order of Operations worksheets using whole numbers, integers, decimals and fractions.
Elementary and middle school students generally use the acronyms PEMDAS or BEDMAS to help them remember the order in which they complete multioperation questions. The 'P' or 'B' in the acronym stands for parentheses or brackets. All operations within parentheses get completed first. The 'E' refers to exponents; all exponents are calculated after the parentheses. The 'M' and 'D' are interchangeable as one completes the multiplication and division in the order that they appear from left to right. The fourth and final step is to solve for the addition and subtraction in the order that they appear from left to right.
More recently, students are being taught the acronym, PEMA, for order of operations, to avoid the confusion inherent in the other acronyms. For example, in PEMDAS, multiplication comes before division which some people incorrectly assumes means that multiplication must be done before division in an order of operations question. In fact, the two operations are completed in the order that they occur from left to right in the question. This is recognized in PEMA which more correctly shows that there are four levels to complete in an order of operations question.
Unless you want your students doing something different than the rest of the world, it would be a good idea to get them to understand these rules. There is no discovery or exploration needed here. These are rules that need to be learned and practiced and have been accepted as the standard approach to solving any multistep mathematics problem.
Order of Operations With Whole Numbers and Integers
The worksheets in this section include questions with parentheses, addition, and multiplication. Exponents, subtraction, and division are excluded. The purpose of excluding some parts of PEMDAS is to ease students into how the order of operations works. To help students see a purpose for the order of operations, try to associate the expressions with related scenarios. For example, 2 + 7 × 3 could refer to the number of days in two days and three weeks. (9 + 2) × 15 could mean the total amount earned if someone worked 9 hours yesterday and 2 hours today for $15 an hour.

2Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition & Multiplication Only) 3Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition & Multiplication Only) 4Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition & Multiplication Only) 5Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition & Multiplication Only) 6Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition & Multiplication Only)
The worksheets in this section include questions with parentheses, addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Exponents and division are excluded. This section is similar to the previous one in that it is meant to help ease students into the order of operations without complicating things with exponents and division.

2Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication Only) 3Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication Only) 4Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication Only) 5Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication Only) 6Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication Only)
One last section to help ease students into the order of operations or simply for students who haven't learned about exponents yet. The questions on the worksheets in this section include parentheses and all four operations.

2Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (No Exponents) 3Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (No Exponents) 4Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (No Exponents) 5Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (No Exponents) 6Step Order of Operations with Whole Numbers (No Exponents)
The worksheets in this section include questions with parentheses, exponents and all four operations.
The worksheets in this section include parentheses, exponents, and all four operations.
Order of Operations With Fractions and Decimals
As with other order of operation worksheets, the fractions order of operations worksheets require some prerequisite knowledge. If your students struggle with these questions, it probably has more to do with their ability to work with fractions than the questions themselves. Observe closely and try to pin point exactly what prerequisite knowledge is missing then spend some time going over those concepts/skills before proceeding. Otherwise, the worksheets below should have fairly straightforward answers and shouldn't result in too much hair loss.

2Step Order of Operations with Positive Fractions (No Exponents) 3Step Order of Operations with Positive Fractions (No Exponents) 4Step Order of Operations with Positive Fractions (No Exponents) 5Step Order of Operations with Positive Fractions (No Exponents) 6Step Order of Operations with Positive Fractions (No Exponents)

2Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Fractions 3Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Fractions 4Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Fractions 5Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Fractions 6Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Fractions

2Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals 3Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals 4Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals 5Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals 6Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals

2Step Order of Operations with Positive Decimals (Comma Decimal) 3Step Order of Operations with Positive Decimals (Comma Decimal) 4Step Order of Operations with Positive Decimals (Comma Decimal) 5Step Order of Operations with Positive Decimals (Comma Decimal) 6Step Order of Operations with Positive Decimals (Comma Decimal)

2Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals (Comma Decimal) 3Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals (Comma Decimal) 4Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals (Comma Decimal) 5Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals (Comma Decimal) 6Step Order of Operations with Positive & Negative Decimals (Comma Decimal)