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ETS PBT -#48 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2005, 19:37
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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
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 [#permalink] New post 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] New post 26 Mar 2005, 21:07
i couldnot find anything. it should be A.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2005, 08:24
A should be the answer.

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
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 [#permalink] New post 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.....

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2005, 15:55
would have picked A on the test.
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 [#permalink] New post 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.
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 [#permalink] New post 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.
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 [#permalink] New post 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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