Problem: Units: Definitions and Conversions

A property owner from overseas writes to his surveyor with instructions concerning a survey. One of the instructions says, “Please be certain that the property has at least 4 hectares.” What is a hectare?


(A)    A large shade tree with gray bark

(B)    A type of concrete monument

(C)    A category of easements

(D)    A measure of area


This is problem 4(1-3) from the new second edition of 1001 Solved Surveying Problems by Jan Van Sickle. Reprinted with permission from 1001 Solved Surveying Problems by Jan Van Sickle (1997, 728 pp., Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or visit .

Answer: D

A hectare is a measure of land area in the metric system. The term is built on the word are, which is 100 sq m, with the prefix hect, which indicates multiplication by 100. Therefore, a hectare is equal to 10,000 sq m, or 2.471 ac.