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ETS PBT -#48

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ETS PBT -#48 [#permalink]  26 Mar 2005, 19:37
The qtn seems straightforward but my answer doesnt seem to match.........
Am I missing something...

The employees of smith enterprises recd wage increase from 30 cents to 871/2 cents per hour. What was the minimum wage increase for a 40 hour week?

(A) $12 (B)$23
(C) $34.80 (D)$ 35
(E) $35.20 VP Joined: 13 Jun 2004 Posts: 1122 Location: London, UK Schools: Tuck'08 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 31 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 26 Mar 2005, 19:47 I is not so clear in fact, it doesn't say if the salary before was 30 cents and now it's 871/2 cents OR if there was an increase of wages and the minimum increase you could get was 30 cents whereas the maximum was 871/2 cents. I think that the problem is using the 2nd way, so the minimum increase you could get per hour was 30 cents so if you work 40h you would get 30*40 = 1200 cents = 12$ more than before

In my opinion it's answer A.
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Re: ETS PBT -#48 [#permalink]  26 Mar 2005, 21:07
i couldnot find anything. it should be A.
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Per hour wages after increase : 871/2 = 435.5 cents /hour
Per hour wages before increase : 435.5 - 30 = 405.5/hour

40 * 435.5 / 100 = $174.2 40 * 405.5 /100 =$162.2

Difference = $12 Senior Manager Joined: 25 Oct 2004 Posts: 250 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 27 Mar 2005, 14:17 Yes, Even I got A but OA is D..... The sum looks quite simple unless ofcourse I am missing out on asomething important..... Any more inputs Director Joined: 27 Dec 2004 Posts: 908 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 19 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 27 Mar 2005, 15:55 would have picked A on the test. VP Joined: 25 Nov 2004 Posts: 1495 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 38 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 27 Mar 2005, 22:41 swath20 wrote: Yes, Even I got A but OA is D.....The sum looks quite simple unless ofcourse I am missing out on asomething important.....Any more inputs there are some questions that look like simple but have hidden assumptions. if so, then only D can be the OA. I believe moderators are also working on it. Director Joined: 27 Dec 2004 Posts: 908 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 19 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 28 Mar 2005, 06:22 MA wrote: swath20 wrote: Yes, Even I got A but OA is D.....The sum looks quite simple unless ofcourse I am missing out on asomething important.....Any more inputs there are some questions that look like simple but have hidden assumptions. if so, then only D can be the OA. I believe moderators are also working on it. Good point MA< but are we in fact expected to make these underlying assumptions on the test? Most study guides tell you not to assume and just work wiht the information given. SVP Joined: 03 Jan 2005 Posts: 2250 Followers: 13 Kudos [?]: 217 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 28 Mar 2005, 08:19 Looks to me that it is a typo/mistake in the question. If instead of "minimum" it asks for the "maximum", then you'd get$35 per week using \$0.875 per hour.
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