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A student's score on the final test in a certain course was 60% greater than the average (arithmetic mean) score of the 2 other tests the student took in the course. The student's score on the final test was what percent of the student's average test score for the entire course?

A. \(33\frac{1}{3}%\)

B. 40%

C. 75%

D. \(133\frac{1}{3}%\)

E. 160%
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Given :
Let scores be s1,s2,s3
\(s3 = 1,6 (\frac{s1}{2}+ \frac{s2}{2})\)

(1) rearranging this :
\(s1+s2 = \frac{5}{4}*s3\)


(2) Average of 3 score is =
\(\frac{1}{3}*(s1+s2+s3)\)

We can use the information at (1) to replace \(s1+s2\) into equation (2)

\(Average =\frac{1}{3} * ( \frac{5}{4}*s3 +s3)\)

\(Average = \frac{1}{3} * ( \frac{9}{4}*s3)\)


\(Average = \frac{3}{4}*s3\)

\(s3 = \frac{4}{3}*Average\)


\(s3 = 1.33333 * Average\)

making s3 133% of the Average

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Say Test1 = 100

Test2 = 100

Avg of Test1 & Test2 = 100

Final test is 60% more than above average = 160

Avg of all 3 tests combined \(= \frac{360}{2} = 120\)

% increase = \(\frac{160}{120}* 100 = 133 \frac{1}{3}\)

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A student's score on the final test in a certain course was 60% greater than the average (arithmetic mean) score of the 2 other tests the student took in the course. The student's score on the final test was what percent of the student's average test score for the entire course?

A. 33(1/3)%
B. 40%
C. 75%
D. 133(1/3)%
E. 160%


Hi, I want to request the solution for this question, please.


You can use the concept of averages here: The score in the third test was 60% higher (say, it was 160) which means you have 60% extra which you should give equally to each of the three tests to get the average up to 120.
We need Final test score as a % of updated average score = (160/120)*100 = 133.33%

Answer (D)

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Re: A student's score on the final test in a certain course was [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2014, 04:57
Moderator could you please remove this bracket ( ) from answer choices. Because of bracket, options reads as 133/3 rather than a whole number.

A. 33(1/3)%
D. 133(1/3)%
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