Is Kilo 1024 or 1000? | Pearson qualifications

Is a Kb 1000 or 1024 in our qualifications?

27 January 2017

There have been discussions around how we would reward students when they might use 1000 rather than 1024 in exam papers. This led to an interesting step back and think moment and here you will see how we expect this to be handled.

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If we ask questions about disk storage we are always referring to the base 2 numbers, which are k=1024 or 210. When we are talking about transmission speeds we are always referring to SI units or base 10 numbers so k=1000 or 103.

Below is a short PDF document which explains the background thinking that underpins our clearly stated principle.

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